The talk around Boston during the marathon season is John Hancock, the major sponsor of the most iconic race on Earth – the Boston Marathon – and a huge participant in all the citywide events that weekend. This year they teamed up with St. Francis House for some special events around One Boston Day, April 15, which made for a very memorable race weekend.
Internal sneaker drive and donation
From Banner Day to Boston Marathon Monday, all offices hosted a sneaker drive to benefit our Fresh Threads clothing program.
CEO Craig Bromley donated $5.00 per pair of sneakers donated by employees, and when the count was complete, the 1,787 pairs of sneakers collected brought in a whopping $8,935 for St. Francis House.
External shoe collection with elite athletes taking part
In addition, they helped spearhead a city-wide drive for the Boston community to participate, with collection boxes stationed in several public locations, including Boston City Hall. On One Boston Day, an outdoor collection box was placed near the Hynes Convention center and Marathon Finish Line where BAA runners received their marathon packets. These locations brought in an additional 2,400 pairs of shoes and sneakers for our guests! A highlight of this public collection drive was the elite marathon runners donating their “fastest shoes on earth” to St. Francis House.
“One Boston Day signifies the best of Boston,” said Tom Crohan, AVP & Counsel, John Hancock Financial. “We are proud to once again partner with the City of Boston and St. Francis House to help provide sneakers to men and women in need. It is a simple act of kindness that can have a big impact.”
Fenway Park first pitch
Last, but certainly not least, John Hancock selected St. Francis House as a charitable partner to throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park on One Boston Day. Thrilled to step to the mound, Next Step resident and volunteer Mark (also a huge Red Sox fan) blasted one right down the line!
We are grateful for John Hancock’s multi-faceted support for One Boston Day, and through their non-profit marathon program providing our Team SFH invitational entries for the Boston Marathon.
For more information about how to get involved at St. Francis House, contact Sharon Lee, Engagement and Special Events Supervisor.