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Mayor Walsh at the North End Friends Event

A night out in the North End

North End Against Drugs (NEAD) hosted their family dinner on Monday November 21st at the Nazzaro Center in the North End.  NEAD collected new adult winter hats and gloves for St. Francis House as dinner guests checked in for the family style talk and dinner and several bags of much needed winter gear were generously given to St. Francis House at the conclusion of the event.

Who was there?

The keynote speaker of the evening was Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. He spoke frankly and honestly with the youth in the room about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Mayor Walsh discussed his “crooked path” to success and encouraged the youthful attendees to “get up and persevere” when they encounter their own struggles. Additionally, there was a lively question and answer session after the Mayor’s talk, and many in the room asked questions.  Also, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and State Senator Joe Boncore were in attendance along with hundreds of North End residents.

“It was a great event and a great turnout” stated NEAD President John Romano, “we are grateful to all our local elected officials: Aaron, Sal & Joe who support us day in and day out and we are thankful to the Mayor for speaking to our young children and families.”

And what about the food?

Avellino’s in Medford supplied the food, Bova’s donated the bread and cookies, and Johnny from Mangia Mangia’s donated the cannoli! Of course, as with any North End Friends event, the food and friendship was outstanding.

Thanks again to the NEAD and the North End Friends for including St. Francis House in an event that highlighted an important message to many young Bostonians.  We continue to appreciate the friendship of this important and active neighborhood group.

Learn more about how your neighborhood group can get involved at St. Francis House.

Contact Sharon Lee, Engagement and Special Events Coordinator.