Paraclete's Annual Reception 2020:
Celebrating Mike Durkin
We are proud to announce that on Thursday, February 27, 2020, we will honor Mr. Michael K. Durkin, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Boston and Merrimack Valley for his decades long advocate for those most in need at our annual reception at Boston College High School.
Mr. Durkin will receive the Paraclete’s Founders award, established in honor of Paraclete Co-Founders Sister Ann Fox, Barry T. Hynes and Paul Mc Devitt. The award is given each year to individuals who exemplify the spirit of the Paraclete, which is loosely translated to mean, “In the Service of Others.”
We invite you to join us as a sponsor of the Paraclete event honoring Mike and his work at the helm of the United Way.
Attend the Reception
Tickets cost $100 per person and may be purchased through our online registration form. They may or may not be purchased on the day of the event. Tickets may also be purchased under a sponsorship.
Information on Refreshments: We will be serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
Information on Parking
Information on Auction (is it online or in person?). For any auction item donations, please reach out to Christine McConville at email@example.com.
For any questions, please don't hesitate to contact:
Christine McConville, Paraclete Interim Board Chair
Lydia Hamilton Polaski, Paraclete Event Coordinator
Reception Honoree & Speaker: Michael K. Durkin
Mike has served as President and CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley for the past decade, but his unrivaled commitment to its overarching cause dates back to 1977 when he first became involved in the United Way as a Kellogg Fellow in Alexandria, Virginia after graduating from Boston College. Since that time, he’s assumed important roles in the organization in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Colorado—where he served as president of Mile High United Way—and now in Massachusetts.
Mike has led the fundraising and impact efforts for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley since 2008, helping to raise more than $550 million for the Greater Boston and Merrimack Valley region and positively impacting the lives of millions of vulnerable individuals, children and families.
Mike’s leadership in Greater Boston is marked by significant advancements in reducing homelessness, moving families out of poverty, ensuring the healthy development of young children and helping youth develop the skills needed for college and career. Achievements under his leadership include launch of the first-in-the-nation Pay for Success initiative with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reduce chronic individual homelessness, which has provided supportive housing to more than 900 chronically homeless individuals since 2015, and successful creation of the Community Investment Tax Credit, which has raised over $24 million statewide for economic and community development across the Commonwealth.
Mike currently serves on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's Executive Committee for the development of the Plan to End Homelessness Among Youth and Young Adults in Boston. A Boston College graduate, he also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cotting School and the Samaritans Advisory Council.