Carlie Donovan Wins Our Super Bowl #PartyWithaPurpose Contest!
Posted by Christy Pardew Feb 2, 2018
Congratulations to our Super Bowl #PartyWithaPurpose winner Carlie Donovan! Carlie and her husband, Connor, raised over $2,500 leading up to and during the Super Bowl. As the organizer of the team that raised the most money for Strong Women, Strong Girls, Carlie won a football signed by Patriots player Malcolm Butler, which her husband currently has prominently displayed in the middle of their dining room table!
For nearly seven years, we have been lucky enough to count Carlie as part of the Boston Strong Women, Strong Girls community. First introduced to SWSG as a new employee at Natixis, where SWSG is one of the company’s eight core charities, Carlie accepted the invitation from a colleague to attend a monthly SWSG team meeting.
Since that first meeting, Carlie has continued to support SWSG:
“It’s strength and confidence and sisterhood. It’s an investment in the next generation. It’s a community of people, working together and making a difference. It’s the girls! The girls are smart and loud and silly and full of personality.
“SWSG is a refuge from a world that’s telling young girls to be seen and not heard, to not be too opinionated or too anything really. Personally, I work with SWSG because it’s a thank you to my family, my teachers and my mentors for the time and energy they spent with me.”
Carlie understood right away what a game changer a $100,000 matching grant from Robert Kraft could be for Strong Women, Strong Girls, so it was a no-brainer to her to host a Super Bowl Party fundraiser. Her love for football paired well with this cause!
Carlie sees the support of Robert Kraft as a powerful acknowledgement of the great work SWSG is doing in Boston communities. His investment raises the profile of the organization to levels previously unreachable.
First introduced to football by her dad, Carlie spent hours watching and talking about sports.
“I think he tried to get to me before my mom, a Giants fan, could,” Carlie recounted. “My true indoctrination was when I started dating my now husband in 2009. Now I watch pretty much every game, play fantasy football and scheming how I’m going to get to our future kids first — I’m a Packers fan!”
Carlie and her husband put a lot of heart and pride for the New England team and for SWSG. Even though the Pats didn’t come home with a trophy, Carlie’s Superbowl party guests had amazing food to help them manage their feelings.
“Not to toot our own horns but my husband and I can put together an impressive spread. Connor made chili, calzones, mac & cheese balls and tons more. I’m the baker and made oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, apple cider cream pie, brownies and raspberry shortbread,” Carlie told us. “Friends and family that couldn’t make it donated from afar. It was a really amazing showing of love and support that we are so thankful for.”
Carlie and Connor live in Reading, Masschusetts with their two “furbabies,” Lizzi and LJ. She is a VP and Sales Desk Manager at Natixis Investment Managers, and she’s also on the path to get her MBA.
All of us at SWSG are so thankful to Carlie and Connor for their amazing support. Enjoy that football!