#ShoozeCruise 2017 = success

Shooze Cruise sunset

Oh Buoy!

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.

More pictures available on our FB page.