Thursday, December 3, 2020
6:00 PM EST

Add to Calendar 


This is a virtual event. Link to follow!

Be the Light Host Committee

Katherine DePasquale and Rodolfo Chaparro
Be the Light Co-Chairs

Ruthie and Jeff Barker
Katie and Don Bramley
Anne Cadigan and Mike Gaziano
Kristine and Nevin Chitkara
Robin and Ted Clark
Jodi and Daniel Cooper
Kathy and Bob Cunha
Katherine DePasquale and Rodolfo Chaparro
CC Donelan
Joy and Mark Denomme
Erin and Mark Epker
Liz and Art Greenwood
Linda and Mark Griffin
May and John Herr
Allison and Andrew Hirsch
Michael Julian
Becky King
Judi and Tim King
Jeff Kline
Cindy and Bob Laughrea
Cindy and Seth Lawry
Wendy and Charles Leiserson
Renee Levin
Josie Linell
Michelle and Neil MacLellan
Laurel and Zach Martin
Sara Miller-Blanc and Jonathon Blanc
Annie Montesano and Dan Scheibe
Sheila Murphy and Jim Martin
Kim and Greg Pappas
Andrea and Dick Patton
Sharisse Cail Perry and Steve Perry
Dianne Pink and J. Roy Pottle
Judi and Bill Rosensweig
Melissa and Allen Smith
Peggy and Deon Stander
Kyla Truman
Mike Virginio
Ellen and Bob Volpe
Suzanne and David Wakefield
Susie and Adam Winstanley
Natalie and Rod Wright
Debbi and Michael Young

The Wily Network

Wily Scholars are promising students who are experiencing life challenges such as homelessness or foster care, or whose parents may be deceased, dealing with addiction, mental health issues, or incarceration.

  • Wily works to ensure Scholars have the tools and networks necessary to thrive in four-year residential colleges.
  • Wily strives to empower Scholars to transition successfully into post-college life and become vibrant members of their communities.

The Wily Network provides a critical safety net for these Scholars as they navigate college on their own. The Wily program offers weekly clinical coaching, financial assistance, community-building support, and networking opportunities to help them move from surviving to thriving.

Donate Make a gift today!



Ashley Linell
Director of Development & Communications

Wily Shines a Light on Gratitude
An Evening of Music and Connections

Join the Wily Network as we thank our 2020 supporters,
celebrate the strength and success of Wily Scholars, and introduce
new friends to the Wily Network.

Featuring Meghan Irons, reporter for the Boston Globe's Great Divide Team
and lead writer on the Globe's 
The Valedictorians Project.

Event Program

Dear Wily Scholars
Katherine DePasquale, Be the Light Co-Chair

Stories & Connections
Meghan Irons, Education Reporter, Boston Globe
Judi Alperin King, Founder and Executive Director, The Wily Network

“This is Me” performed by Jennifer Ese, Worship Leader at Jubilee Christian Church, Boston

Scholar Perspective on the College Experience
Olivia Miller, Wily Scholar alumna

“Lean on Me” performed by Abigail vanLuling, Rocket Pitches a cappella group, Babson College

What is Your Greatness?
Maddy Day, Child Welfare and Education Consultant

An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom
Ed Hajim, Chairman, HighVista Strategies and author, On the Road Less Traveled: An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom

“Stand By Me” performed by Linnea Nordgren and Dan Costello, Boston natives who met while playing in a band in high school. They currently live in Brooklyn, NY and continue to play music together.

The Importance of Being a Lighthouse
Steve Pemberton, Wily advisory council member and author, A Chance in the World

Why Wily
Michael Julian, Wily board member and AVP, Healthgrades

Thank You to our Sponsors