It was a home run for the Roxbury-based The BASE, who achieved a $1 million fundraising goal with thanks to an exciting announcement by Juma Crawford, newly promoted President of the Lewis Family Foundation, to ‘close the gap’ at their annual fundraiser on November 16th. Over 500 guests packed the Reggie Lewis Center including Governor Charlie Baker and Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy to support The BASE founder Robert Lewis Jr. and applaud his dedication to changing mindsets and harnessing the talent of today’s urban youth to build a better environment of success for generations to come. Keynote speaker Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College stressed the importance of creating better the education opportunities for urban youth. “These are not Democratic or Republican values. Not black or Latino or white values,” he said. “They are OUR values. If we can come together on our shared values, and ensure the next generation has a better life, we have to do that. The point is simply this. Next must always be better than now.” This event came just one week after The BASE made an announcement that it will be opening a BASE Chicago on the West Side in 2018, with a $150,000 investment from Theo and Paul Epstein of the Foundation To Be Named Later.