Above, clockwise from left: Larry Selnick, Chris Silva, Haley Smith, Anthony Singleton, Bill Lionhood, and Kathy Luria from Webster Bank; Janet Collins with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley; Deb Drapalla, and Rob Torres with Webster.
Webster Bank crew onboard the 14th annual Shooze Cruise
As part of their ongoing commitment to helping our guests achieve self-reliance, we were thrilled to have Webster Bank support St. Francis House again this year through its lead sponsorship of our 14th annual Shooze Cruise on Aug. 9. The event was attended by more than 300 people who brought with them more than 400 pairs of donated footwear to be distributed to adults in need.
St. Francis House raised more than $32,000 through sponsorships, host committee memberships and ticket sales. Among the contributions was a $5,000 Captain Level sponsorship from Webster – support that will help St. Francis House continue its mission of helping guests overcome poverty and homelessness in Boston.
Making a difference
“St. Francis House is an organization that makes a significant, daily difference in the lives of the homeless and poor in Boston, and we’re proud to support their ongoing efforts,” said Kathy Luria, Webster’s senior vice president, Community Affairs.
Earlier this year, Webster supported St. Francis House by helping to fund the 2017 St. Francis House Boston Marathon team with a $2,500 donation. Webster also spearheaded its own volunteer shoe drive connected with the 2017 marathon at several of its banking centers.
“Every day, St. Francis House serves so many members of our community who are in need, and we can’t help but see parallels between its mission and Webster’s own dedication to supporting our communities,” said shoe-drive organizer Haley Smith, assistant manager at Webster’s Summer Street banking center.
Community service is one of Webster’s core values. Its employees volunteer more than 130,000 hours each year. To support community service, Webster encourages employees to use up to 16 hours of company time annually to participate in volunteer work within the community.
In the lower photo, Kathy Luria (left), senior vice president, Community Affairs, and Haley Smith, assistant banking center manager at Webster’s 77 Summer St. location in Boston.