The Shooze Cruise is our signature boat party hosted by the St. Francis House Emerging Leaders.
Attendees bring a pair of shoes to donate as they board.
The 17th annual Shooze Cruise was a night of entertainment with musical artists, comedians, raffles, and more enjoyed in a virtual format from the comfort of our audience’s own home, all while helping to fulfill the urgent footwear needs of our homeless guests. Thanks to our generous supporters, we raised over $30,000 this year for our programs and services.
325 generous supporters set sail around the Boston Harbor on August 7th, 2019 to raise funds, collect shoewear and spread the word about St. Francis House’s work to rebuild lives by providing refuge, readiness and recovery services to adults experiencing homelessness in Boston.
Not only did #ShoozeCruise2019 raise $35,000 for St. Francis House’s programs and services, we collected 427 pairs of shoes – some of which were literally given out to guests in need of footwear the next morning! Check out the photo album on Facebook.
Our annual and ever-growing Shooze Cruise would not be possible without the leadership of our Emerging Leaders, SFH’s young professionals who spend months of hard work and dedication to plan the entire event as well as our friends at North 26 who donate the food each year and the staff and crew at Bay State Cruise Company who are always super helpful to work with. Not to mention our generous sponsors and First Mates, many of whom return year after year to make this all happen!
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!
Thank you to our 2018 Shooze Cruise 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:
2018 Photo Gallery: