What an incredible day. We thank you for being a part of this year’s Women’s Breakfast!

We had a record-breaking morning and raised over one million dollars because of your generosity, which will have an immediate impact in strengthening families experiencing homelessness.

We want to express our gratitude to the event committee, led by chair Sue O’Connell, and our fantastic emcee, Trenni Casey for their part in creating an inspirational morning. We feel especially lucky to have had the brave and resilient Jayuanna share her impactful personal story, which many said was the highlight of the morning- and we agree! What an opportunity to hear from Stephanie Land, whose keynote address was an eye-opening and inspiring story we will never forget! The morning wouldn’t have been possible without our presenting sponsors, MFS Investment Management, Mazzella Family Charitable Fund- Lauren & Joseph Mazzella, and Victoria & Don Sullivan, who we thank for their unwavering support of Horizons!

Click on the link below to relive the morning’s highlights.

Highlight Reel Screenshot


Watch the highlight reel!

Visit our social media pages to see photos from the event, watch the special message from Horizons kids and more! Find and share your photo in front of the Horizons backdrop, here.

If this was your first Women’s Breakfast, we hope you were inspired and will stay involved with our mission throughout the year. There are many opportunities to continue to support Horizons’ work.

There is still time to take advantage of your company’s matching gift program to multiply your gift, if you haven’t done so already!

Thank you again for your meaningful involvement with Horizons!

Keep an eye on your inbox for upcoming engagement opportunities with Horizons this holiday season, and please save the date for our Spring Gala on Friday, May 12, 2023, at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel!

Thank you to our 2022 Keynote Speaker

Stephanie Land

Best-selling author, journalist and economic justice advocate.

photo credit Ashley Farr

Stephanie Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive recounts her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap. Her unflinching testimony exposes the physical, economic, and social brutality that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience. 

At age 28, Land’s dream of attending college and becoming a writer is deferred when she and her seven month-old have to move into a homeless shelter, fleeing a violent home and lacking any form of reliable safety net. She begins applying for food stamps and subsidized housing, and starts cleaning houses for $9/hour.  

After years of barely scraping by, Land graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and started a career as a freelance writer. Her viral essay for Vox, “I spent 2 years cleaning houses. What I saw makes me never want to be rich.”, later was expanded to become the New York Times bestselling memoir.  

Land’s story serves as the inspiration for Netflix’s Golden Globe Award-nominated original series Maid. A “story both captivating and relatable. Maid boasts an impressive 94% Certified Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes and has drawn praise for its nuanced depictions of the realities of poverty. 


Thank you to our 2022 Women’s Breakfast Committee

2022 Committee Event Chair

Sue O’Connell

Committee Members

Mickey Ahearn
Egan Cammack
Gable Clarke
Kate Serafini Cox
Barbara Elia
Jason Goins
Michelle Hicks
Meaghan Hooper-Berdik
Molly Lawrence
Shanna O’Reilly
Layla Ramirez
Daniele Serafini
Janice Sturchio
Karen Walsh
Allison Zacharek




Thank you to our Sponsors!


Achieving the Impossible: $50,000

Mazzella Family Charitable Fund, Lauren* and Joseph Mazzella
Victoria & Don Sullivan


Coloring Outside the Lines: $25,000

Sandy* & Paul Edgerley
Linda Mason* & Roger Brown


Strengthening our Families: $15,000

Deborah Coleman Diggins & Timothy W. Diggins 
Michael* & Barbara Eisenson 
Sue O’Connell*

Advocating for Change: $10,000

Kathryn & Ajay Agarwal
Janice Gross & Stephen Klar
Kate* & Ford O’Neil
Jack & Judith Remondi 

Luly & Maurice* Samuels
Molly K. Shannon
Kerry & Brendan Swords
Susan Whitehead

Inspiring Imagination: $5,000

Anonymous (2)
Susie & Scott Allen 
Bronwen* & Ryan Carroll
Cheryl & James Duckworth
Barbara C. Elia
Jennifer & Desmond Havlicek
Karen Kames & Chris Gaffney
Christopher & Breanna Kirk
Diane & Scott Lopez
Kate Lubin* & Glen Sutton
Pamela Mann* & David Baron
Irina Margine & Jonathan Petts

Aaron* & Lauren Miller
Amy  Morse

Erin & Matthew Murphy
Sarah & Dana Nielsen
Shanna & Scott O’Reilly
David Sprows
Laurie & Peter Thomsen
Susan & Michael Thonis 
Megan Watts


Building Bright Futures: $3,500

The Engler Family
Amy Mizner, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
Erika Murphy
Daniele & John Serafini 

Barbara* & Ed Shapiro
Audax Private Equity Women’s Initiative


Table Captain: $2,000

Robert Ellis Alan
Adam Berger & Stephen Frank
Anna Chetoukhina & Michelle Morphew

Julianna Connolly & Brian McDonnell
Caroline Courtney, Ellie Evans & Karen Mohan
Kate Serafini Cox
Sarah Curran & Emily Bannister
Madeleine Dassule

Jennifer Elia & Domenic Gaeta
Hillary Flynn & I-hung Shih
Kim Gailun & Obinna Nwankwo
Paul & Cindy Gamble 
Jennifer Gilbert & John Ellersick
Jason Goins
Carolyn Haley & Tracey Keenan
Robin & Steve Hauck
Michelle & Cam Hicks
Doug Keith, NABD Team at GMO
Elizabeth Kleinerman
Molly & Mook Lawrence
Loren & Vin Moran
Kristina O’Gannon
David Palmisano & Paula Timofeev

Christine Scordato*
Janice Sturchio*
Sandra Urie & Frank Herron
Karen Walsh* 
Allison Zacharek & Carolyn Ross



*Denotes a Horizons’ Board Member

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