Expect Miracles in Boston 2023

On November 2, 2023, Expect Miracles Foundation [EMF] proudly presented its Boston cocktail gala with a captivating twist – it was reborn as “Expect Miracles in Boston” at the modernly elegant InterContinental Boston. While the name and venue were new, the event retained its unwavering mission: to ignite hope within the cancer community.

More than 400 passionate individuals gathered, uniting for a night of profound connections with financial services industry peers and friends of EMF. Throughout the themed event Destination Hope, guests engaged in exhilarating silent and live auctions, spirited contests, and a heartwarming donation appeal, culminating in a triumphant achievement of setting a new live fundraising appeal record of over $60,000

Kicking off the night, Event Co-Chairs, Jane Mancini of BNY Mellon and Matt Goulet of Fidelity Investments, extended a warm welcome to guests and sponsors. Their support for a cause that touches countless lives resonated deeply. Matt Goulet, in a stirring moment, shared his personal inspiration behind his commitment to EMF – the remarkable journey of his father, who battled and triumphed over melanoma. Guests also heard EMF Executive Director Frank Heavey share the story of friend and EMF supporter Bob McKee, who is currently fighting cancer. Together, these reminders focused those present on the collective purpose of the night.

Appeal Raises Over $60,000

Whitney A. Heavey

Whitney A. Heavey

Prior to the donation appeal, Whitney Heavey, the wife of EMF’s Executive Director, Frank Heavey, graced the stage to share her triumphant journey in the face of cancer thanks to the generosity of donors like supporters of EMF that funded the development of a critical immunotherapy which Whitney credits with saving her life.

The evening culminated when EMF had the distinct honor of presenting Pasi Jänne, MD, PhD from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with a check for $1 million to advance the life-saving cancer research at Dana-Farber’s Belfer Center for Applied Cancer Science. It was a touching moment that emphasized the incredible difference we can make when we come together as a community.

We extend our thanks and appreciation to our corporate and event sponsors, event partners, dedicated Board of Directors and Emeritus members, our esteemed Miracle Makers, unwavering supporters, and our invaluable volunteers. Your steadfast support continues to be the beacon of hope for the cancer community, and for that, we are grateful.

Together, we’re lighting up the path towards a brighter and more hopeful future for all those touched by cancer.

2023 Honorees

Brian Kelley, Putnam Investments

Brian Kelley, Putnam Investments

Expect Miracles Award

In honor of an extraordinary individual whose commitment to donate or raise critical funds for Expect Miracles Foundation beings hope to those impacted by cancer.

Presented by EMF Executive Director, Frank Heavey

Mario Reto, Ampersand

Mario Reto, Ampersand

YPEM Award

In recognition of a young professional whose exceptional commitment ignites the next generation of leaders to support the life-saving mission of Expect Miracles Foundation.

Presented by EMF Events and Design Associate Lauren Beimler

Todd Moyer, Confluence

Todd Moyer, Confluence

Lonnie Award

Inspired by the humble yet determined spirit of Lon Macdonald, the Lonnie Award honors an individual whose passion advances the life-saving mission of Expect Miracles Foundation.

Presented by EMF Director of Development Maggie Dombroski

Kate Richman, Gainsight

Kate Richman, Gainsight

Judy Award

Inspired by Judy Strauss, the original volunteer, this award honors an individual who best embodies Judy’s spirit of altruism and unwavering dedication to Expect Miracles Foundation.

Presented by EMF Director of SAMFund Program Jennie Sheridan

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Evelyn Dow photographed the event, assisted by free lance photographer Monique Baron.

Make Miracles

Join us in the fight against cancer and be part of the community that is making miracles happen today. Your donation is an investment in our Innovation and Discovery Funds, which invests in life-saving cancer research, and EMF's SAMFund, which provides financial assistance for young adult cancer survivors.

Invest in Hope

Corporate sponsors lead our life-saving mission and gain access to influential business networking opportunities at EMF events, which range from galas to golf tournaments and more. As a sponsor you can cultivate relationships in the financial services industry while having a life-changing impact on the cancer community.