Catholic Charities to Lace Up for the Boston Marathon Thanks to John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Boston, MA--Catholic Charities is excited once again to be named a non-profit of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, hosted by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). A selected non-profit member since 2009, Catholic Charities receives a number of bibs to recruit runners to raise money and awareness to support our programs such as child care, adult education, refugee services, and shelters. This year the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program has awarded Catholic Charities with five non-qualified runner entries.

Debbie Rambo, President, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston stated, “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program again and have such a committed team of runners raising money and awareness to help us in our mission to clear a path to self-sufficiency for those in need in Eastern Mass.”  

Catholic Charities is proud to announce the members of our Boston Marathon team, all of whom have individually committed to raising $7,500 on our behalf:  

  • Mary Kate Henry, Boston, Mass.
  • Jennifer Henshall, Mclean, VA
  • Steve Scala, Mansfield, Mass.
  • Fr. Michael Smith, Lebanon, Conn.
  • Margie Walentuk, Newburyport, Mass.

In addition, to our John Hancock Non-Profit sponsored runners, we are happy to announce that Garret Quinn of Boston, Mass. and Carlos Villar, of New York City , NY, both qualified runners for the Boston Marathon also have chosen to commit their race to raise funds to benefit Catholic Charities.

Last year, thanks to the efforts of our Boston Marathon team of runners and you, we raised $50,000. In 2016, we are increasing our goal to $75,000. Please join us in supporting our Boston Marathon team today by making a donation on our John Hancock Non Profit Marathon Team’s page on

We thank our Boston Marathon runners for their commitment to Catholic Charities and wish them the best as they journey toward the finish line at Copley on April 18, 2016.

About John Hancock Non Profit Marathon Team

John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon for over 30 years. The Company's continued support of the Boston Athletic Association, which has directed the race since 1897, ensures that the marathon remains a world-class event and an important facet of Boston's culture and heritage. As part of its sponsorship, John Hancock donates hundreds of guaranteed entries each year to select non-profits through its Marathon Non-Profit Program. Organizations use these entries to recruit individual runners who pledge to raise money for their cause. Our program, together with the Boston Athletic Association’s Charity Program, enabled organizations to raise $28.3 million dollars in 2015. To learn more, visit