2019 BAA Boston Marathon Team Newton Charity Runners Raise More than

$32,000 for the

John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton

Thank You!

Lisa Vazquez  Parent of two children in Newton who are members at the Club


Lisa Vazquez, along with husband Steve and twins Kate and Tyler, are active members of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton. She and Steve have seen the benefits their kids receive every day due to the work of the Newton Club. Lisa is grateful to the Club and its staff; she runs and fundraises to “give back” so other kids and families may benefit as she and her family did. Lisa is Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Manager at Partners HealthCare.  She’s a graduate of Williams College where she played Varsity Ice Hockey.  Lisa is a triathlete and frequently runs races with her family but this is her first marathon.   

Gloria Respress-Churchwell Children's book author and Boys & Girls Club supporter

Gloria Respress-Churchwell is grateful for the chance to run the Boston Marathon to support the Boys and Girls Club of Newton. Having participated in marathons in Nashville and Chicago, her motivation includes the children and youth whose lives are forever changed because of local youth organizations. She lives in Newton with her husband and children and is passionate about sharing nonfictional stories with kids, especially those about unsung heroes. Having received her M.A. and M.F.A. from Simmons University in Children’s Literature and Writing for Children, her next book, Follow Chester!, debuts in the Fall of 2019.

Patrick Knight Club Board Member, advocate, and longtime supporter of our Club


Happy to be back for the 8th year running the Boston Marathon and fundraising for the Newton Boys and Girls Club. The Winter training up and down the Newton hills at the crack of dawn is worth it to help such a worthy and dedicated group of people. These individuals work tirelessly to make the Club a safe and welcoming refuge for our youth.  It provides educational and athletic opportunities to let them grow in mind and body.