New York Times best-selling author Jeannette Walls, Horizons for Homeless Children President and CEO Kate Barrand, and Emmy Award winning reporter and anchor on NBC Sports Boston Trenni Kusnierek at the milestone 20th annual Horizons for Homeless Children Women’s Breakfast. (Caitlin Cunningham Photography)
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Annual Women’s Breakfast Raises More Than $800,000

BOSTON — On Oct. 25,  Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families, hosted its 20th annual Women’s Breakfast at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. One of the organization’s premier events and the first women’s’ breakfast of its kind, the Women’s Breakfast was a powerful morning of inspirational stories and presentations from those affected by homelessness as well as those who are working to combat it.

This year’s event, featuring Emmy-winning reporter and anchor on NBC Sports Boston Trenni Kusnierek as emcee, was a milestone not only because it is the 20thanniversary of the first Women’s Breakfast, but because this year the event reached a milestone $10 million raised to support Horizons’ early education centers and Playspaces program since the first breakfast in 1998. Last week they raised more than $800,000. Others in attendance also included Horizons CEO and President Kate Barrand and New York Times best-selling author of “The Glass Castle” Jeannette Walls.

The breakfast started 20 years ago with a small group of women in a conference room, brainstorming how they could energize the women of Boston to care and support the homeless woman and children that Horizons touches. What would it take to get women to step up and become a force for good in the life of homeless children? They could have never imagined what this breakfast would equate to now. Cofounders of the breakfast, Diane Hessan, Sue Heilman, Tami Nasson, Susie Allen, Susan Whitehead, Deedee Phillips, Janice Sturchio, Gayle Slattery and so many others who have served for the past two decades still attend year-after-year and continue to build on the success and are thrilled to see that they have surpassed their goal.