Shooze Cruise is our signature boat party hosted by our Emerging Leaders every August. Attendees bring a pair of shoes to donate as they board the cruise.
The 15th Annual Shooze Cruise, presented by the Emerging Leaders of St. Francis House set sail on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018. As tides were rising, attendees boarded the Provincetown II from the Seaport’s World Trade Center Pier with new or gently used men’s shoes in hand.
After the counting was complete, we collected over 300 pairs of shoes and raised over $35K for St. Francis House!
As attendees arrived and crossed the gangway, they donated shoes into Shooze Cruise collection boxes that quickly filled up. (Thanks DGI Invisuals for the amazing collection boxes!) Our Emerging Leaders team got to work early volunteering at the registration area, staffing the expedited First Mates boarding desk and selling raffle tickets. We also set up quick and easy burrito and pizza stations (compliments of Boloco Atlantic Wharf and Florina Pizzeria & Paninoteca) which were a huge hit with attendees as they boarded!
Once out on the harbor, everyone enjoyed the amazing food, generously donated by North 26 Restaurant and Chef Julia Brant for the fourth consecutive year. Sandwiches, a shrimp tower, various salads, and delicious desserts were on the menu. And once out on the harbor, attendees were treated to a light show that filled the night skies.
Guests enjoyed a lively evening filled with refreshing harbor breezes and they snapped hundreds of photos of the Boston skyline. Many guests took advantage of our social media contest for a chance to win prizes which included gift cards donated by Wolverine World Wide!
Thank you to all of our 2018 Shooze Cruise sponsors!
A huge thanks to our Captain Level ($5K) Sponsors: Webster Bank and Converse for their financial support and presence on the cruise. In kind sponsors, North 26 Restaurant, Chef Julia Brant, and the crew at WERS 88.9 supported us by donating the evening’s delicious food and much appreciated radio ads. Thanks to our First Lieutenant ($1K) sponsors: RKD Group, JM Service LLC, The Kensington, LogMeIn, W.B. Mason, Boston Environmental Management Company, Toshiba, and Tim Nolan for making sure the cruise was a success!
Want to get on board?
If you missed this year’s cruise but would like to be a part of our fundraising efforts, you can support St. Francis House by clicking here.
First Mates Club members help to underwrite the cost of the boat, enabling the evening’s proceeds to go directly towards our life-saving programs and services.
This year’s First Mates
First Mates Club benefits:
- Complimentary Burritos during boarding
- Four complimentary tickets for the Cruise
- Expedited boarding – VIP’s don’t wait in lines, go straight to the First Mates Club Boarding area.
- Welcome aboard swag bag
- Thank you recognition on board the Cruise and on our event website
#ShoozeCruise: We are so grateful to this year’s sponsors!
$5,000 Captain Level Sponsors:
$1,000 1st Lieutenant Level Sponsors:
JM Service, LLC
RobbinsKersten Direct (RKD)
$500 1st Mate Sponsors:
Boston Environmental Management Company
City Place / The Wilder Companies
East Boston Savings Bank
In Kind Sponsor:
The 14th Annual Shooze Cruise, presented by the Emerging Leaders of St. Francis House set sail on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017. On a delightful 75° evening, attendees boarded the Provincetown II from the Seaport’s World Trade Center Pier with new men’s shoes in hand.
Early in the night
As attendees arrived and crossed the gangway, they donated shoes into branded collection boxes that quickly filled to the brim. (Thanks DGI Invisuals for the boxes!) Our Emerging Leaders team got to work early helping at the registration area, the expedited host committee boarding desk and setting up the on board raffle. We also set up an quick and easy burrito station (compliments of Boloco Boston Common) which was a huge hit with attendees as they first got on board.
Once out on the harbor, the abundance of food was generously donated by North 26 Restaurant and Chef Julia Brant for the 3rd consecutive year. Sandwiches, a shrimp tower and various salads were on the menu.
Guests enjoyed a picture perfect evening and snapped hundreds of photos of the city skyline. Many guests took advantage of our Instagram contest for a chance to win door prizes. Our door prizes were two pairs of Clarks shoes (generously donated by Clarks) and Red Sox tickets.
The dance floor was jammed all night with hundreds of Boston’s young professionals led by Boston’s own DJ Renell. After the counting was complete, we collected over 400 pairs and raised over $33K for St. Francis House.
Special thanks and sponsors
Special thanks to our Captain Level ($5K) Sponsor Webster Bank for their financial support and presence on the cruise. In kind sponsors, North 26 Restaurant, Chef Julia Brant, and the crew at WERS 88.9 supported us by donating the evening’s food and much appreciated radio ads. Commander level ($2.5K) sponsors Avalon Bay and Clarks also had a showing on board and by all accounts the cruise was a hit.
Did you miss the boat?
If you missed this year’s cruise, you can still donate to the Shooze Cruise campaign here.