Winchester Resident Tim Nolan’s idea still afloat 13 years and counting


July 19, 2016


Christina Smith


13th Annual Shooze Cruise to benefit St. Francis House 

 BOSTON – July 12, 2016 –The Shooze Cruise is the signature event of the Emerging Leaders of St. Francis House, a group of young philanthropists who highlight the needs of homeless men and women who are struggling to rebuild their lives. The event was created by Tim Nolan, a then volunteer at St. Francis House who currently serves on the St. Francis House Board of Directors.  The Boston Harbor cruise aboard Provincetown II will feature dancing, plentiful hors d’ouevres, a raffle, and cash bar.

Tim has been involved with St. Francis House for almost twenty years and “truly passionate about the programs and service support St. Francis House provides guests in need. Thirteen years ago I started an event called the St. Francis House Shooze Cruise. The purpose of the event was to raise funds and collect footwear for guests of St. Francis House.”

Tim is now a member of the St. Francis House Board, and just as excited about the cruise this summer as he was back in 2003. The thirteenth annual Shooze Cruise is expected to bring more than 300 new pairs of shoes to St. Francis House this summer and raise $30,000 for programs and services.

Tim Nolan explaining the importance of the Shooze Cruise

Tim Nolan speaks aboard the 2015 Shooze Cruise

Proper footwear is one of the biggest challenges of men and women living on the streets. In addition to the $30 ticket price, each attendee is asked to contribute a pair of new men’s sneakers, boots, or dress shoes sizes 9-13.

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:30PM – 10:00 PM

WHERE: Provincetown II, World Trade Center Pier, Seaport

Our Admiral Level sponsor this year is Clarks Americas based in Newton, MA. Other major sponsors include: WERS 88.9 FM, Albany Road, Boston Beer Company, Drizly, RobbinsKersten Direct, Toshiba, BEMC, CityPlace, Cox Engineering, Boloco Boston Common, Dancing Deer, Ver-Tex,Whole Foods, and Yasso. North 26 Restaurant and Bar with Chef Julia Brant will provide the food this year, featuring a bountiful presentation of delicious sandwiches and fresh seafood.

For more information about how to sponsor, or to let us know that you’re interested in covering the Shooze Cruise, please 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.