All The Way Home is a moving testament to the resiliency of our guests and the commitment and generosity of our supporters.


On Wednesday October 24, more than 490 of Boston’s most influential business leaders, philanthropists and advocates gathered to support St. Francis House’s annual All The Way Home gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

The gala celebrates and raises funds for St. Francis House, the Commonwealth’s largest day shelter serving over 500 poor and homeless men and women each day. The fundraising dinner helped raise $881,000 for the programs and services at St. Francis House.

The event highlighted the work of St. Francis House and the impact makes in lives of the individuals it serves.

Speakers at the podium included event co-chair John Rattigan, of DLA Piper’s Boston office. John recounted the tireless work and commitment of the evening’s honorees, MP Boston – Partners Joseph A. Larkin and Kathleen C. MacNeil.

“These are just a few stories of the difference SFH has made in the thirty years since we first opened our doors and twenty years since MP Boston built its first residences. It’s pretty amazing what we have created. Our neighbors who live in those towers have become part of St. Francis House.” said Karen LaFrazia, President and CEO of St. Francis House. “When you volunteer, when you give someone a job, when you support the development of affordable housing in your neighborhood, you are quite literally changing the world for someone…please never underestimate your power to change the world.”

Honorees Joe A. Larkin and Kathleen C. MacNeil recounted their experiences with St. Francis House after deciding to step into 39 Boylston Street, years ago. “I said to myself, you need to go in there and find out what they’re all about… I came in with clothing donations and was greeted with smiles at the door.”

The evening concluded with a inspiring and hopeful story of recovery from our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program graduate Parvin (PJ) Duffy.

“My MAP instructor, Kevin, saw something in me I didn’t see in myself. Thanks to him, I’m now working with people who have wrestled with their demons and are finding their way back like I did. I love my job and am so thankful I can use my own experiences to make someone else’s life better.”

Watch PJ’s Story

Shannon greeting her dadThe most exciting moment of the night came after PJ’s heartfelt speech from the podium, when his daughter Shannon stood up in the back of the audience and made her way to greet her dad with tears of joy and pride. She had taken leave from her Air Force duties in Kansas to be a part of her father’s special night, and the surprise was complete and awe inspiring.  It was a gift to the entire audience.   Watch the great moment of surprise!

 

 

 

Thank you to all our supporters and sponsors.

We are thrilled to honor MP Boston,
Principals Joseph A. Larkin and Kathleen C. MacNeil.


ATWH Honorees Joseph Larkin and Kathleen MacNeil


Kathleen C. MacNeil and Joseph A. Larkin are principals in MP Boston, the local affiliate of Millennium Partners, a leading national real estate partnership. Since the start of the company’s Boston operations over two decades ago, Kathy and Joe have played major roles in the development of seven new building and rehabilitation projects in urban Boston. Beginning with The Ritz-Carlton Towers, the mixed-use development that overlooks Boston Common and neighbors St. Francis House, the company has been a pioneer in the revitalization of Boston’s downtown, consistently coupling its financial objectives and business targeted to the affluent with compassionate concern and support for the underprivileged and homeless. The company’s most recent success is the conversion of the landmark 1912 Burnham Building that had housed the Filene’s Department Store into new offices and retail, along with the Millennium Tower residential condominium that now completes the block. Currently under development is 115 Winthrop Square, the $1.3 billion condominium residences and innovative office tower with dramatic new public spaces at street level that will connect Federal Street with Winthrop Square, a construction project that embraces a robust employment diversity and inclusion program.

As a licensed construction supervisor, Kathy has overseen the building of these major structures. Since 2015, she has served as President of Historic Boston, Inc., evidence of her longtime interest in and devotion to historic preservation. She has been a dedicated mentor, especially for young women pursuing careers in the built environment.

Joe directs all development efforts for the company and has been closely involved in design, sales, leasing, and management of its Boston portfolio. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District and continues on its Board of Directors. In recent years, he has overseen much of the company’s local philanthropic endeavors.

Our event is at capacity and there are currently no seats available. Sponsorships are still greatly appreciated, and seats will not be part of the sponsor benefit at this time.

All The Way Home Sponsorship

Purchase sponsorship

Event Co-Chairs

John Rattigan
Kimberly Steimle Vaughan

Host Committee Members

Lisa B. Alberghini
Jim and Sheila Barry
Bob Bettacchi
Senator Joseph Boncore
Paul K. Chan
Fr. Thomas Conway, OFM, PhD
David and Janet Coyle
Haley Cutter
Quinton and Sandra Dale
David and Pamela Donohue
Mark C. Doyle
Elizabeth Dugan
Timothy and Kathy Egan
Senator James B. Eldridge
Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George
Ed Flynn, Boston City Councilor, District 2
Jim Frates
Edmund Barry Gaither
Rick and Kathy Hughto
Margaret A. Ings
Deeqo Jibril
Al Kaneb
Nicholas Litton
Nancy Lo
Judith A. Malone and Stephen W. Kidder
Richard J. Meelia
Representative Aaron M. Michlewitz
Bill Moran
Jack and Kelly Murphy
Stephen C. Neff
Jennifer A. Nodelman
Timothy Nolan
Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley
Betsy Palmer and Tom Reilly
Tony Richards
Maureen Rogers
Rosemarie Sansone
Michael and Jennifer Sexton
Susan L. Sgroi
Graham Shalgian and Noreen McMahon
Rosalyn and Richard Slifka
Vincent J. Spiziri
Mohamed Warsame

On Wednesday October 25, Governor Charlie Baker and more than 450 of Boston’s most influential business leaders, philanthropists and advocates at the Fairmont Copley Plaza joined to support St. Francis House’s annual All The Way Home gala.

The All the Way Home gala celebrates and raises funds for St. Francis House, the Commonwealth’s largest day shelter serving over 500 poor and homeless men and women each day. This year’s honorary co-chairs were Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  The fundraising dinner helped raise over $750,000 for the program and services at St. Francis House.

“Helping individuals and families fighting homelessness is a top priority for our administration and the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are committed to working with partners like St. Francis House to provide support services, affordable housing, workforce development training and recovery services for our most vulnerable populations.”

The event highlighted the work of St. Francis House and the impact it is making on the lives of the individuals it serves.

Additionally, it highlighted the redevelopment of their new building at 48 Boylston Street, in partnership with the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, which will create 46 new units of affordable housing, a social business enterprise, and more robust counseling services.

Speakers at the podium included event co-chairs Dan Brownell, of Fidelity Investments, and Pam Norley, President, Fidelity Charitable. Both co-chairs recounted the tireless work and commitment of the evening’s honoree, St. Francis House board member and Head of Technology and Global Services at Fidelity Investments, Steve Neff.

“Here at St. Francis House, we keep our doors open 365 days a year, welcoming and serving 6,800 unique individuals every year with compassionate care,” said Karen LaFrazia, President and CEO of St. Francis House. “Thanks to the countless ways our supporters sustain our life-changing mission, St. Francis House is able to create more housing, employment and recovery opportunities with the renovation of 48 Boylston Street.

There are a million reasons people get lost – childhood trauma, addiction, mental illness, poverty.  But the big difference between many of us and our guests is that we’ve had a safety net when things have fallen apart — and they have not.”

Honoree Steve Neff recounted his experiences as Board member and active volunteer.

“St. Francis House truly does rebuild lives. Since I’ve become involved as a Board member for the past nine years, I have been genuinely moved by the grace and compassion with which they serve their guests who come to St. Francis House for an opportunity to rebuild their lives.”

The evening concluded with a inspiring and hopeful story of recovery from our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program graduate Andrew.

MAP is where I saw possibility, a future, and felt the kind of validation you can only get from people who have been through trials as bad as yours – and sometimes event worse.  For the first time in my life, I shared my story honestly and completely.  It’s where I finally understood how much I had overcome, not just how much I had screwed up, lost, or missed out on.”

Watch Andrew’s Story

Thank you so much to all our supporter and sponsors.

The evening concluded with a inspiring and hopeful story of recovery from our Sullivan Family Moving Ahead Program graduate Andrew.

MAP is where I saw possibility, a future, and felt the kind of validation you can only get from people who have been through trials as bad as yours – and sometimes event worse.  For the first time in my life, I shared my story honestly and completely.  It’s where I finally understood how much I had overcome, not just how much I had screwed up, lost, or missed out on.”

Watch Andrew’s Story

We are proud to recognize this year’s 2017 All The Way Home Honoree, Steve Neff.


Steve Neff Photo_St Francis House

As Head of Technology and Global Services at Fidelity Investments, Steve Neff is responsible for the oversight, coordination and execution of the firm’s technology functions and global business services. In this capacity, he chairs the Fidelity Technology Chief Information Officer Council. Additionally, Steve is a member of Fidelity’s Executive Operating Committee.

Steve has been with Fidelity since 1996 and has held a number of executive positions at the firm, including senior technology consultant, chief information officer for Fidelity’s Asset Management business, vice president of Technology Infrastructure and senior vice president of Technology Support and Operations. Before joining Fidelity, Steve served in a number of technology leadership roles with Salomon Brothers in New York and London. He began his career at IBM Corporation.

Throughout his career, Steve has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. He is steadfast in his belief that the innovation necessary to deliver solutions that exceed customers’ needs can only be achieved by encouraging the unique differences, talents and perspectives of each Fidelity associate.

Steve is the executive sponsor of Fidelity’s PRIDE employee resource group, a firm-wide team that supports the LGBTA employee community. Additionally, he is actively involved with the firm’s Women in IT Special Interests Group, a global team focused on building a thriving community of women within Fidelity’s technology space.

Externally, Steve is a board member and active volunteer at St. Francis House, which provides comprehensive services for Boston’s homeless population. He is a Board member of Common Impact, a non-profit organization that connects business professionals with high potential local non-profits. Steve also rides annually in the Pan-Mass Challenge® to raise funds for cancer care and research.

In 2016, Steve received the Rossof Award for driving the new vision for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He also received the Boston CIO of the Year Leadership Award in 2016. Steve and his wife Mary have four children and one grandson.