O’Neill and Associates sends our condolences to the family and friends of Carol Troxell, President of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants Association who passed away today.

O’Neill and Associates sends our condolences to the family and friends of Carol Troxell, President of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants Association who passed away today.  Carol was not only a client, but also a friend who worked tirelessly for the Faneuil Hall Marketplace merchants. Carol was instrumental in putting Faneuil Hall Marketplace on the map as a “must do/must see” holiday destination as she helped to conceive “Blink”, the show that featured the region’s largest Christmas Tree (always 85 feet or taller!) with a synchronized light and sound show that attracted thousands of visitors from near and far.

Carol always wanted to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate and she made a big impact through the nonprofit, Pitching in for Kids, that she founded with her business partner Sara Youngelson. Pitching in For Kids provides specifically earmarked grants designed to improve the lives of children across the New England region through sports-related fundraising events and programs.

Carol was committed to helping others in many ways, through her businesses, through her philanthropic work, and through her faith. She will be missed.

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Welcome Marissa Choy

Marissa Blog PhotoO’Neill and Associates welcomes Marissa Choy as Account Coordinator in our public relations and communications practice. Marissa will help service clients in the public relations practice.

Before joining O’Neill and Associates, Ms. Choy was the events manager for Crash Line Productions where she led and trained a team of over 50 staff members to ensure excellent service for events that included the Boston Calling Music Festival and Forbes 30 Under 30. Previously, Ms. Choy interned at Rawlins George PR and Marketing in London.

Ms. Choy graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies — public relations. Ms. Choy was involved with multiple organizations at Boston Univeristy. She served as the executive director for Boston University’s Relay for Life for three years; was the vice president of public relations for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority; an admission ambassador; and the study abroad column editor for The COMmunicator, the official student publication of the Boston University College of Communication. Originally from San Francisco, Ms. Choy now resides in Brookline.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide Featuring Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and National Braille Press

This holiday season, consumers have the opportunity to buy gifts for friends and family that will make a lasting impact on local charities. We wanted to make sure you were aware of ways to help some of our nonprofit clients through your holiday gift purchases.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit dedicated to providing grants for the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Available gifts will support the nonprofit include:

Remember Me nail polish – Los Angeles-based All Heart Cosmetics is offering a limited edition of nail polish named Remember Me. The polish is a red base with tiny gold shimmers with $1 of every bottle sold going to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. The polish is available for purchase on the company’s website ShopAllHeart.com. PETA and Leaping Bunny proudly certify All Heart Cosmetics’ formula as cruelty free and vegan.

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2013 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Chardonnay – Napa Valley’s One Hope Winery will donate proceeds from the sale of a case of its 2013 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Chardonnay to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. One Hope describes the wine as having a caramel green apple aroma with hints of baking spice followed by a creamy finish and is available on the company’s website OneHopeWine.com (while supplies last).

Puzzles to Remember – Kansas City-based puzzle manufacturer Springbok Puzzles, the nation’s largest maker of puzzles, will donate $3 of every puzzle sold in its Puzzles to Remember line to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. The puzzles are specially designed for those who have memory loss. They are the same overall dimensions as the company’s 500-piece puzzles, but instead contain 36 to 100 pieces. The images and themes of the puzzles are specifically chosen to provide gentle stimulation and positive reinforcement for older adults. The puzzles are available on the company’s website Springbok-Puzzles.com.

Bracelets – Bracelets by Bravelets are designed to help people going through difficult times with 10 percent of the proceeds on select Bravelets products going to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. According to the company, “all Bravelets jewelry and accessories are symbols of hope, strength and courage,” and are available on the company’s website Bravelets.com.

National Braille Press (NBP) has a selection of unique gift ideas with proceeds going towards helping blind and visually impaired children gain access to braille books. This year, NBP has an array of gifts for sale including jewelry, poetry books, children’s books, self-help books and cards in braille. All items to benefit NBP can be found on its website nbp.org.

In the event consumers can’t find exactly what they are looking for but still want to make an impact with local charities, AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of a consumer’s choice. Clients that are participating in the AmazonSmile program include Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, St. Francis House, and the Pine Street Inn. St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in Massachusetts and provides services to an average 500 poor and homeless men and women a day. Pine Street Inn provides shelter, housing, and job training services and other services to homeless individuals.  To select your charity, go to smile.amazon.com.

 

O’Neill and Associates Celebrates New Book by Chris Matthews

Last month, O’Neill and Associates hosted a special evening at the Boston Harbor Hotel to celebrate the release of the new book Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by best-selling author and MSNBC Hardball host, Chris Matthews.

This NYT best seller provides a revealing portrait of the life of Robert F. Kennedy. From his early life to his tragic run for president, Matthews sheds light on the public and private life of Bobby Kennedy in what is bound to be a political classic.

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(Chris Matthews and Tom O’Neill)

Before signing books for guests, Matthews offered a passionate speech about the life of RFK remarking that Bobby would have been the politician we need in today’s climate to unite the country. Chris boldly stated that if Bobby were to run for President today, he would surely win.

Over one hundred books were sold. Guests included Kathleen Matthews, Senator Ed Markey, Brookline Bank CEO Darryl Fess, CEDAC Executive Director Roger Herzog and former WCVB news anchor Kelley Tuthill.

CEO’s Corner

220px-Thomas_P_O'Neill_IIIIn times of tragedy, Americans unite in support of those affected. We seek solace in one another and identify ways we might make a difference, even from far away. In this equation of compassion, Americans also expect a similar call to action from their elected leaders. We expect government to do its job. Our hearts are broken for the dead and wounded following the shooting in Las Vegas. Similarly, we again are deeply distressed at the devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands by another hurricane. Hurricanes are not unpredictable; mass shootings are. A greater federal response is needed to both.

I visited Haiti following the catastrophic earthquake in 2010. Within two days of the earthquake, 8,000 U.S. troops were on the ground. That number more than doubled over the next two weeks. Puerto Rico – a U.S. territory – experienced no such influx of aid for the first two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall.  Five days into the crisis President Trump, a rabid user of Twitter, tweeted about Puerto Rico for the first time since the storm made landfall. That followed a weekend of Administration silence, a weekend that he spent at his Bedminster, NJ golf club. Puerto Rico, an already economically challenged U.S. territory, faces a very difficult future. Its residents still struggle for basic necessities such as food, clean drinking water, and power. Puerto Ricans are fellow U.S. citizens and deserve the full support and power of federal assistance.

In Las Vegas, an ongoing investigation has revealed few answers so far. On Monday, President Trump reacted to the shooting rightly saying, “In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always had.” But when it comes to assault weapons, it shouldn’t take a mass murder to bring us all together. Americans deserve action. The federal government banned military-style semiautomatic assault weapons for 10 years beginning in 1994. Gun deaths from mass shootings fell during that time period. But Congress let that ban expire in 2004, rather than voting to extend it.  We‘ve seen the consequences of that inaction. We‘re proud of the role we played in strengthening Massachusetts gun laws in 2014. In 2015, Massachusetts had the lowest gun death rate of any state in the country according to the Violence Policy Center. Our nation deserves the same protection.

Despite having a President who attempts to distract the nation’s attention from important issues, there is no distracting from the tragedies faced by Puerto Ricans and the victims in Las Vegas. He also cannot take away the fact that he has had no legislative accomplishments. Throughout history there has been a proven path to bring about change in Congress– bipartisanship. Congress must work together on both sides of the aisle to put an end to violence, provide support for our citizens and create a stronger, more united nation. Whether Democrat or Republican, we are all Americans and feel common pain when our people suffer. President Trump ended his remarks Monday by saying “we pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.” We join in this prayer, but also demand action so that our fellow citizens can live free of fear knowing that their federal government will be there for them.

What It’s Like Being a Cristo Rey Boston High School Corporate Work Study Student at O’Neill and Associates

By: Marina, Sophomore

September 14, 2017

Attending a high school where I was obligated to work as part of the required curriculum seemed like a challenge. I didn’t know what to expect or if I even wanted to attend Cristo Rey Boston High School at all — fortunately, I did. In fact, I quickly started to enjoy and appreciate my job. I work for O’Neill and Associates, a public relations and government relations company. I work every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and handle a variety of tasks and there’s more to this than meets the eye. Everyone has to work, and as you grow old there is no way of avoiding it. If you approach work with an “I hate my job, why do I have to do all this” attitude then you will never be happy.

Every day is an opportunity for me to learn something new. I’m 16 years old but I have the chance to learn and perform tasks just as the college interns at O’Neill and Associates do. Working for my colleagues and having them rely on me has helped me to be more responsible and to take more initiatives at work. I’m always offering a helping hand, while making sure I accomplish everything small and large that was asked of me. I can pat my back and say I did something well. I can look at myself and know that I am a part of a great community.

In fact I am part of a community that is very involved with the public. Every day at O’Neill and Associates I hear political conversations or discussions about the latest news story and how we are affected. As a result, this has taught me the importance of being informed. These skills and characteristics that are growing in me are all thanks to O’Neill. Not only is everyone at the company interested in the public, but they are also interested in me. The staff is so supportive and mindful. I walk past everyone smiling and they ask how I’m doing, they show an interest in learning more about my classes and my life outside of school. At work I never hesitate to ask for help or fear making a mistake, because at O’Neill and Associates there’s a very supportive environment. There’s mutual support and respect. There is no place like O’Neill and Associates. I am very grateful for my job, and I know that most kids my age don’t have this opportunity. I believe this job is a stepping stone for me — a step that was laid out for me through Cristo Rey Boston’s Corporate Work Study. Thanks to the CWS program and O’Neill and Associates I am learning and growing beyond what I ever expected.

OA Welcomes Fall Interns

 

The popular internship program at O’Neill and Associates helps students gain first-hand experience in working on federal and state governmental issues as well as in all facets of modern public relations. September brings a new class of interns. This fall, we are proud to welcome undergraduate and graduate students from Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Suffolk University and Tufts University.

Throughout the semester, these students work closely with specially paired mentors to learn more about the work done for clients in public relations, government relations, community relations, federal relations and marketing. Over the course of the semester interns become immersed in public affairs issues and build relationships that will help guide them as they embark on their future careers.

O’Neill and Associates Interns Volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank

On July 13th, our OA interns traveled to the Greater Boston Food Bank to spend the afternoon sorting food to be distributed across the region. Working in conjunction with other volunteers, the group helped sort 8,500 pounds of food, which will assist approximately 7,000 individuals.

One in ten members of our community is at risk of hunger. Hunger is experienced not only by those in poverty, but also by our working and middle class neighbors–in Eastern Massachusetts, 47% of those at risk do not qualify for government food assistance in the state (SNAP).

Since 1974, the Greater Boston Food Bank has been supporting individuals and families by supplying food pantries, soup kitchens, meal programs, senior centers and more with healthy food. Their work could not be done without the help of volunteers on a daily basis, who assist with many facets of the organization.

Our interns started their day with an orientation session led by a GBFB staff member, where they learned about the daily operations of the Boston warehouse, and the people the food bank serves.

After receiving a lesson on how to carefully inspect the quality of food donations, the team got to work sorting through hundreds of non-perishable goods and toiletries. The GBFB places great importance on the condition of donated goods, and the interns were eager to help with the tedious task of checking containers for openings and monitoring expiration dates.

Working together we assembled boxes of food and toiletries that were then sealed and ready for distribution. The food and toiletries will help stock 500 food pantries, soup kitchen, schools, and shelters in Eastern Massachusetts.

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