November 13, 2014
Thursday, November 13th marked the 11th Annual Expect Miracles Foundation Wine & Spirits Event with support led by Foundation Sponsor Interactive Data Corp. Held in Space 57 at the Revere Hotel, this sold out event with record breaking attendance hosted close to 400 business and financial executives to support the fight against cancer. As guests journeyed through wine tasting bars from across the world, explored unique cocktails, cider and craft beer and ventured across gourmet dining bars, every attendee most importantly played a huge role in helping us get closer to reaching our Final Destination...A Cure.
Photography by Hannah Cohen www.hannahcohenphotography.com
The night began with a VIP reception, where VIP guests were the first to sample Rhineland Collections wine, GrandTen Distilling cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from The Varano Group. When the event opened to all, attendees were able to sample beverages from 13 bars featuring a variety of wine, spirits, cider, beer, and inventive cuisine. The travel themed event featured a grand prize of two Business Class tickets to Dubai or Milan, courtesy of Emirates, which made for an exciting evening.
The evening’s speakers featured Board Member Peggy Schooley of Broadridge Financial Solutions. Peggy shared a heartfelt remembrance of her son, Morgan Schooley, who passed away from cancer in 2013. Next, Board Member Rheeta Wise of MFS Investment Management, and long time Foundation supporter Wendy LaBonte of State Street spoke in honor of their friend and colleague, Debralee Goldberg. An industry leader, Debralee passed away from cancer a few short months ago.
Continuing the travel theme, the Live Auction featured trips to Jamaica, Bahamas, and a Cooking Vacation to Positano, Italy. The crowd was looking to travel and was extremely generous, as these trips along with the other auction items helped to raise a record breaking amount of funds.
The Miracle Maker Leadership Council (MMLC) members in attendance were recognized for their support of the Foundation. The MMLC is a select group of current and future leaders in the financial community whose mission is to provide funding to cancer fighting causes and patient care programs where such support is not always readily available. MMLC members commit to 3 consecutive years of donations and are charged with strengthening the Expect Miracles Foundation's position as the industry's leading advocate in the war on cancer through financial support, example and leadership. To learn more about the MMLC click here, or to join the MMLC yourself, click here.
Founder and Chairman Frank Strauss presented the CJ Award “for generosity in donating his time to the noble battle against cancer” to Kevin Caravella of Boston Financial Data Services for Kevin’s production of his film, The Impact of the Miracle Maker Leadership Council.
With a sold out event and record breaking fundraising, the event’s success would not have been possible without our wonderful sponsors, partners, donors, volunteers and supporters. On behalf of the entire Expect Miracles Foundation team, we thank you for taking part in an unforgettable night!