PRESS RELEASE: Webster Bank sponsors St. Francis House Boston Marathon Team

2017 Marathon Team sponsored by Webster Bank

Contact: Christina Smith
(617) 457-1002

Webster Bank sponsors St. Francis House Boston Marathon Team

BOSTON, April 6, 2017 – The journey out of homelessness is like running a marathon: one step leads to another, mile after mile. St. Francis House is thrilled to announce that five runners will be participating in the 2017 Boston Marathon® to benefit support our life-changing programs and services, as part of John Hancock’s Non-Profit Marathon Program. Together, the runners are helping to raise $69,000 to benefit St. Francis House. This will be Team St. Francis House’s sixth year participating in the Boston Marathon.

Marathon funds are raised through individual support of our five runners as well as corporate sponsorship of our Marathon Team.

Our team would like to thank Webster Bank for sponsoring us this year.  Haley Smith, assistant manager at the Downtown Crossing banking center is also leading the volunteer effort for the shoe collection drive.

“This partnership is an exciting way to be connected and responsive to the Boston community,” said Smith.  “St. Francis House does such important work for those in need and the organization’s core values are perfectly in line with Webster’s mission to give back to the communities we serve.”

Additional team sponsors include Webster First and Arrow Paper Company.

Maggie Burns, Vice President of Philanthropy and External Affairs at St. Francis House, shares, “the financial support of our corporate partners provides an essential piece in reaching the $69K goal set up for our Marathon team.  Not only is Webster Bank providing financial support, but we are thrilled our partnership includes Webster Bank staff volunteering and working on a shoe drive in their Downtown Crossing location to raise awareness of St. Francis House.”

St. Francis House received five entries for the 2017 Boston Marathon as part of John Hancock’s Non-Profit Marathon Program.  This year’s team includes:

Justin Dancu, first time marathoner and member of the St. Francis House Emerging Leaders Young Professionals Group, originally from Chicago area, currently lives in the South End neighborhood of Boston.

Josh Gannon, originally of Taunton, and now a Medford resident, participates in ultramarathons and has shown creativity in his fundraising strategy. Josh crafts and sells pace setting Spotify playlists to help reach his fundraising goal!

Ty Hapworth of Salem, MA is active with his @hellosalem Instagram feed and is actively selling his prints to reach his fundraising goal.

Sam Macomber, a long time friend of St. Francis House with strong family connections to our mission, resides in Boston’s Beacon Hill.  Sam’s race is a comeback story after spending his senior Dartmouth collegiate ski season on crutches with a broken leg.

Frank Mastrocola of Medford, MA, is a real estate and property management professional and looking to complete his second marathon at age 63.

Come meet our team at the St. Francis House’s marathon themed cocktail fundraising event, Race to the Finish Line on April 12, 2017. Hosted at Joe’s American Bar and Grill on the Boston waterfront, the evening party will include great appetizers, a wonderful atmosphere, raffle prizes, and inspiring words from the marathon runners themselves.

To contribute to the St. Francis House marathon team and support our runners, visit or contact Sharon Lee at 617-457-1048 or


About St. Francis House

Located in the heart of Boston, St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty.

St. Francis House is a welcoming and inclusive community. For over thirty years, every day of the year, we meet guests’ basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. We transform lives by using a holistic approach to understanding and addressing the behavioral health, housing and employment needs. We commit ourselves to helping those we serve achieve renewed lives of dignity and self-determination.