60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference to Leave Lasting Mark for Boston’s Youth

Boston, MA (October 10, 2014) — The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans announced today that it will donate $15,000 to help homeless and low-income children in the Boston area with essential items for home, school, and play. The donation will be given to Cradles to Crayons, a Boston-based nonprofit, on October 12, at the International Foundation’s 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference in Boston, MA.

“When the Foundation decided to make a donation to a charity in the Boston area, we knew we wanted to give to an organization that not only met the needs of local families, but strived to surpass its own mission,” said Michael Wilson, CEO of the International Foundation. “Cradles to Crayons exemplified the type of organization we were looking to support and we are excited to be able to help them provide much-needed everyday essentials to local Boston children.”

Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit that focuses on meeting the needs of children birth to 12 years old by connecting two different communities – those that have and those that need. Through support of corporations and foundations, individual donors, and volunteers, the organization provides homeless and low-income children with essential items such as clothing, shoes, books, and toys to help them succeed in life.

“We are committed to making a difference in the lives of young children in need who often go without a warm coat in the winter or proper supplies to succeed in school—these realities are detrimental to these children’s health and development,” said Sharon Reilly, Cradles to Crayons’ Executive Director. “We are grateful for the generosity of the International Foundation, which will help fund our mission to support children across the Commonwealth.”

The International Foundation’s Annual Conference, taking place from October 12-15, will provide an opportunity for the Brookfield, Wisconsin-based organization Foundation team to present the donation to Cradles to Crayons in front of the conference’s nearly 5,000 attendees. Additionally, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be in attendance at the conference on the evening to October 12 to welcome the conference’s attendees and special guests. Keynote speakers for the annual conference include retired airline pilot and aviation expert Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger, III; President of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson; and award-winning chef Jeff Henderson.

“We are excited to bring our Annual Conference to Boston, with key note speakers, as well as a variety of presenters that will discuss health care, employment, retirement, and many more topics of importance to our industry,” said Wilson. “Boston has been home to International Foundation events since 1976, and this year’s conference will be influential and educational for all attendees.”

The 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference will provide balanced and timely information on the benefits industry through 120-plus sessions, workshops, and roundtables. This year will be a unique opportunity for trustees and administrators of collectively bargained plans to network with peers that are facing similar issues related to fiduciary responsibility, administration, pensions, health and welfare, and more.


The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is a member-driven organization with five decades of experience as a leading objective source of employee benefits, compensation and financial literacy education and information within the American and Canadian workplace. The Foundation’s expertise is industry wide; and it offers resources that include Foundation staff, training, conferences and research on topics critical to assisting its 33,000 multiemployer, corporate and public sector members respond to trends affecting the well-being of more than 25 million lives in North America. For additional information, visit www.ifebp.org.

Stacy Van Alstyne
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