Peter represents two of the more prominent “constituencies” that have played a vital role in PALS success- Camp Skylemar & BB&N. Peter went to the same overnight camp as Bill, Jon, Jim, Scott and James, and his sons went there as well. Camp Skylemar alumni have faithfully played in and donated to PALS since year one, and their support means so much. Peter also attended BB&N, as did Bill, Jon, Steve and James. BB&N has also played a significant role in the success of the tournament, and as you will find out from looking through this pamphlet, both Skylemar and BB&N have come up big this year!
Peter has contributed in a variety of ways to the success of this event. He was influential in helping us connect with former BC Men’s Head Basketball Coach (& new UPenn HC) Steve Donohue, whom became a PALS of the Year honoree. (Steve very generously provided a wonderful and very popular auction item for a number of years - A Day With BC Basketball.) Peter connected FRAXA Director Katie Clapp with a prominent scientist doing genetic research, and we were honored to have his presence at the tournament one year thanks to Peter. Peter has always made a generous donation to PALS. And, Peter’s son has regularly entered a team in the tournament, sponsored by - of course - Peter.
Peter and his wife, Lori, live in Wellesley with their daughter Samantha (17), while son Jared (28) lives in LA, and Corey (24) in Cambridge. Peter is a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston.
Jim Joyal, 2016 Honorary Chair
The 2016 Patrick’s PALS Honorary Chair is Jim Joyal. I am touched and honored that Jim has accepted to take on this role! Jim and his wife Heather Davis-Joyal live across the street from Pamela and I in Watertown. We have become very close friends over the years, and over that same period of time they have been incredible supporters of PALS.
Jim is co-founder and a partner at SHIFT Communications, one of the country’s largest independent public relations and marketing agencies with offices here in Boston as well as New York, Austin and San Francisco. Jim’s firm represents some of America’s most respected brands, but it is SHIFT’S work with less well known private and non-profit organizations that I most admire. Case in point- both FRAXA & PALS have been recipients of his donation of time and knowledge in the past, and SHIFT has served as a past tournament sponsor!
Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, and worked as a staff therapist at Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. From there, Jim was granted a commission in the U.S. Navy, and while on active duty, served as director of the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego’s Hand Rehabilitation Unit. He rose to the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserve and was Commanding Officer of a Boston-based Medical/Dental unit. Jim followed his Naval career by obtaining a Master’s in Public Relations at Boston University and co-founded SHIFT, following a 15-year career in high technology public relations. He is a member of the SHIFT board of directors and lends his experience to the day to day operations of the firm.
Jim is remarkably handy; he has taken it upon himself to put his woodworking skills to good use by making several auction items for past tournaments. Jim and Heather contribute financially to FRAXA as well as their time to Pamela and I as we get ready for the big day. And, of course, Jim and Heather regularly attend the tournament.
Jim’s a father (Jeffrey & Jenny). He has served his country. He has created a successful business that employs hundreds around the country. He is a man of compassion and determination. And, Patrick’s PALS is lucky to have Jim Joyal as this year’s Honorary Chair!