18th Annual
Women's Breakfast

October 20, 2016 – 8am-9:30am
Sponsored by MFS logo

October 20, 2016 – 8am-9:30am
Sponsored by MFS logo

“Here is the most important thing for all of you to know. When I walk into the Children’s Center, I feel like I AM somebody. And when my children are in that building, they are not homeless children. They are just children who want to play and learn and who are full of smiles.”  -Mother of a child enrolled in a Horizons early education center

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a powerful morning of inspirational stories and presentations at our 18th Annual Women’s Breakfast.

Horizons welcomed 840 guests to this year’s event, and through the generous support of attendees and sponsors, raised almost $760,000 – all of which will have an immediate impact on our programs. Check out photos from the event here!   

We were so pleased to welcome special guest and motivational speaker Chris Gardner, who shared his story about his rise from homelessness to become an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author of a New York Times #1 bestseller, and the inspiration behind the Academy Award nominated film starring Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness. We were also grateful to welcome emcee Trenni Kusnierek, Emmy Award-Winning Reporter and Anchor on CSN New England.


Couldn’t attend the Breakfast, but want to support Horizons? Make your gift today!



Co-Chair: Maurice Ahearn, HUB International
Co-Chair: Karen Walsh, MFS Investment Management
Egan Cammack, Convexity Capital
Elizabeth Crowley, Burns & Levinson
Michelle Hicks, GMO
Meaghan Hooper-Berdik, Turner Construction Company
Jennifer Lee, CRA International
Melissa MacDonnell, Liberty Mutual
Sue O’Connell, Wellington Management
Betsy Rath, Clough Capital
Kristen Scott, Natixis
Daniele Serafini, Adage Capital
Ian Skinner, HUB International
Janice Sturchio, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Karen Tammaro, MFS Investment Management
Heidi Vanni, Boston Trust
Ashley Wade, Communispace Corporation


$50,000 Achieving the Impossible
MFS Investment Management Logo

$25,000 Coloring Outside the Lines
Sandra and Paul Edgerley
Linda Mason* and Roger Brown
Mazzella Family Charitable Fund, Lauren* and Joseph Mazzella

$15,000 Strengthening our Families
Bain Capital Logo
Tim and Debb Diggins
Michael* and Barbara Eisenson
Susan Whitehead*

$10,000 Advocating for Change
Bright Horizons Logo
Liberty Mutual logo

Old Ironsides Energy Logo

Turner Logo

Luly and Maurice* Samuels


$7,500 Educating Future Leaders

Matt Epstein* and Deborah Hiatt


$5,000 Inspiring Imagination
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC
Citadel Securities
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares
Genzyme Corporation
Sarah A. Nielsen*
Sue & Dan O’Connell
Laurie and Peter Thomsen
Webster Bank
Linda J. Wondrack

$3,500 Building Bright Futures
Susie and Scott Allen
Boathouse Group Inc.
Boston Trust & Investment Management Company
Burns & Levinson LLP
Charles River Associates
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
CSN New England
Glenn* and Kim Engler
Financial Engines
HUB International/Colonial Life
Ipswich Bay Glass Company
John Hancock Financial Services
Manganaro Northeast, LLC
Marsh & McClennan Agency
Pamela Mann and David Baron
Neighborhood Health Plan
New England Legal Search, Ltd.
Pinnacle Piping and Service Corporation
Santander Bank
Barbara Shapiro*
David Sprows
Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Wolf & Company, P.C.

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