Boston Corporate Finance Community Hosts Inaugural Event to Benefit More Than Words

On October 25, 2018, the Boston Corporate Finance Community (BCFC) hosted its inaugural fundraising event at City Winery to benefit More Than Words and honor Bob Duffy, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group. The event raised close to a half million dollars in contributions to support More Than Words’ programs. 
BCFC was founded in 2018 and involves corporate finance, commercial banking, investment banking, private equity, and specialty finance firms within Greater Boston, as well as supporting companies in the accounting, asset valuation & disposition, restructuring, legal, and auditing fields. Gordon Brothers contributed to the event through the vision of founding partner, Ken Frieze, CEO of Gordon Brothers, sponsorship of the event and employee volunteer contributions towards BCFC’s marketing and organizing efforts. Other founding partners include Ward K. Mooney, Kevin Murtagh of Riemer & Braunstein LLP, Keith Vercauteren of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, and Cheryl Carner of Crystal Financial.
“We are so pleased to be able to support More Than Words through this inaugural event,” stated Ken Frieze. “The level of support from the community is remarkable and demonstrates the integrity and collaborative spirit of our community.”
The More Than Words job training and youth development program serves 350 local youth each year. Young people who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school are employed in the More Than Words’ bookselling business, learning critical customer service, technology, inventory management, and leadership skills. They work approximately 20 hours per week running a $4M bookselling business as a vehicle to develop critical skills.  They source 4M books per year, manage an online inventory of 140,000 books, fulfill over 750 online orders per day and run two storefronts and hundreds of pop-up bookstores.  
Bob Duffy, this year’s honoree, is a Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group. The Boston area native and long-standing business leader was selected by the BCFC partners for exemplifying the work ethic, innovation and creativity of the Boston community. He is involved with numerous charitable organizations domestically and abroad, including identifying and funding educational needs for at-risk Cambodian youth through his family’s charity, My Cambodian Sisters.
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