Charity Organizations and Events

Brick Raises $15,000 for YBB with Brickleball Event

(l-r): Rob Zirkle; Abigail Hammett; and Brian McPherson, YBB executive director

Boston – Brick, a partnership dedicated to the design, technology, and execution of projects in architecture and interior design, announced that its first pickleball tournament, Brickleball, raised $15,000 for YouthBuild Boston (YBB).

YBB offers hands-on training and skill building to prepare underserved young people for jobs in the design and construction industry. YBB’s mission is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility. Brick selected YBB as the recipient of the first Brickleball tournament to support its mission to empower youth and strengthen neighborhoods.

First and second place winners (l-r): Brian Hellrigel, Matthew Ferdenzi, Jordan Elster and Daniel Metzdorf

Brickleball was held at PKL, a 22,000sf pickleball venue in Boston with five competition-level indoor courts, shuffleboard and cornhole, and included craft beer, food and cocktails. Over 100 attendees, including 20 pickleball teams, were in attendance. The first place winners were Daniel Metzdorf of The Steele Group and Jordan Elster of Innovation Studio; second place went to Brian Hellrigel and Matthew Ferdenzi of WB Engineers + Consultants; and third place went to Eric Shabshelowitz and Jack Lavanchy of Cabot & Company.

“We’re so grateful to everyone that came out to Brickleball. The exuberant, innovative, and charitable spirit of Boston’s AEC industry was really palpable in the room. That unique energy is why we opened Brick’s new office here (in my hometown!) and it’s truly exemplified by YBB,” said Abigail Hammett, AIA, associate principal at Brick. “We just feel very lucky to be able to support the mission of an organization that represents the very best of this city.”

“YouthBuild Boston is so very grateful for the opportunity to team up with Brick and all of our industry partners for a very successful event,” said Brian McPherson, YBB executive director. “Everyone who came to participate, spectate or to generously donate has made a lasting impression and significant impact on the lives of underserved youth in our community.”