In the latest installment of the Bull Run Speaker Series, curated by Bull Run Restaurant owner Alison Tocci, the crowd honored local environmental champion Marion Stoddart before welcoming Erin Brockovich to the stage. The Speaker Series has continually brought important and inspiring figures to North Central Massachusetts while highlighting a local nonprofit initiative, and this event was no exception. Hosted at the Bull Run Restaurant, the brunch not only honored the remarkable achievements of two environmental champions but also served as a platform for spreading awareness about the Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare Fund with the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. The event kicked off with a heartfelt tribute to Marion Stoddart, whose pioneering efforts in the 1960s and 70s led to the remarkable cleanup of the once-polluted Nashua River. Stoddart's unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship has left an indelible mark on the region, inspiring countless individuals to take action in defense of our natural resources. One of the highlights of the brunch was the moment when Erin Brockovich, with evident excitement, expressed her thrill at meeting and thanking Marion Stoddart in person. The mutual admiration between the two environmental activists was palpable and served as a powerful reminder of the impact that individuals can have when they come together in pursuit of a common goal. Following this heartfelt exchange, Erin Brockovich took the stage with her electrifying presence, captivating the audience with her impassioned rhetoric and unwavering determination. Drawing from her own experiences battling corporate negligence and environmental injustice, Brockovich delivered a powerful message of empowerment and resilience. Throughout the brunch, attendees were encouraged to support initiatives like the Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare Fund, which aims to invest in grassroots organizations and initiatives dedicated to environmental justice. The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts was pleased to partner with Alison Tocci and the Bull Run Restaurant in spreading awareness about the Environmental Fund and encouraging community involvement in environmental efforts. It was heartening to see so many local people already involved in initiatives in their own towns to promote the safety and preservation of our natural resources. As the day came to a close, and nearly every person in the room was treated to a personal conversation with Ms. Brockovich, attendees left feeling inspired and invigorated, ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead. Both the legacy of Marion Stoddart and the passion of Erin Brockovich combined to reignite a sense of purpose and determination in all who were fortunate enough to attend. With their stories as inspiration, we are reminded that the power to effect change lies within each and every one of us.

If you would like to support the Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare fund, you may donate here or reach out to Erin Thomason at, 978-345-8383 etx. 105.