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(Left to right): Former MA Senate President and Event Co-Chair Robert Travagline, Cynthia Tocco, and Event Honoree Stephen Tocco (Photo credit: Jake Belcher)

Stephen Tocco, Chairman of ML Strategies, was honored with the You Matter! Award at the Elizabeth Stone House (ESH) fundraiser held at the Lenox Hotel in Boston.  Tocco is an avid supporter the Elizabeth Stone House, which offers programs for battered women including transitional housing, and he is committed to ensuring the success of its capital campaign for a new home. The You Matter! award is presented annually by the Elizabeth Stone House to an individual, group, or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Elizabeth Stone House as an organization.  Previous recipients have included Natixis Global Asset Management, Eric and Laura Peterson, former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Mintz Levin.

(Left to right): Robert Popeo, Stephen Tocco (Photo credit: Jake Belcher)

Since joining ML Strategies and first learning about the Elizabeth Stone House from ESH Board President Maryann Civitello and through Mintz Levin’s involvement with ESH, Stephen Tocco has passionately advocated on their behalf both inside the firm and in the broader business and political communities. Because of him, influential community leaders know and respect ESH’s work, and they understand the needs of domestic violence survivors more deeply.

The event, which raised $150,000 for “Building with a Mission”, the Capital Campaign for ESH at You Matter! this year, recognized the organization’s donors and volunteers; it drew a crowd of over one hundred guests including Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Former MA Senate President and Event Co-Chair Robert Travaglini, Robert Popeo, and John Nucci of Suffolk University. All funds raised from the event benefited the Stone House’s new home, specifically the gymnasium, an area uniquely designed to foster healthy activity and therapeutic movement for both adults and children. After 40 years of service, the Elizabeth Stone House needs an integrated, supportive housing and community-based service complex for the individuals, families and neighborhoods it serves.

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