June 24, 2021

Live4Evan, a nonprofit organization founded in the memory of Hopkinton’s Evan Girardi launches five-year fundraising campaign to house more families seeking treatment for their child’s congenital heart defect in Boston. Their local board finds their first campaign donor in Hopkinton-based, Solect Energy.

HOPKINTON,  April 10, 2021 —- Live4Evan provides temporary housing in Boston, MA for families with children being treated for congenital heart disease at a nearby hospital. Due to the overwhelming need and extremely high occupancy rate, Live4Evan launched the Housing for Heart Heroes campaign in 2021. The Housing for Heart Heroes campaign is a five-year, $450,000 campaign to more than triple the number of units available to house families and end the waitlist for temporary housing for families coming to Boston to support their child’s treatment.

In April 2021, Hopkinton-based Ken Driscoll, CEO and Co-Founder of Solect Energy, stepped up and made a multi-year commitment to the campaign, while encouraging other local donors to do the same.

“Live4Evan harnesses all of the great energy of the Hopkinton-community and Solect Energy is proud to be a part of their efforts to support more families seeking treatment for their child’s congenital heart defect at Boston’s hospitals” Ken Driscoll said.  “We are so committed to their efforts, we will match any donation to Live4Evan’s Housing for Heart Heroes campaign from other Hopkinton-based donors up to $5,000 per year, totaling $25,000.”

Jack Nealon, a good friend of Evan Girardi’s from childhood and one of the Founders of Live4Evan says commitments like this from local companies are critical to the success of their ability to provide housing to more families. “We are so proud to partner with Ken, Jim, Craig and the rest of the Solect Energy team to issue the Solect Challenge to our community.  At any given time, there are as many as 40 families on the waitlist for housing while their child is being treated at a Boston-based hospital. The challenge grant from Solect Energy will go a long way to helping us reduce the number of families on that waitlist” says Jack Nealon, Executive Director at Live4Evan.


About Live4Evan

Live4Evan was founded in honor of Evan Girardi, who was born on October 4, 1989 with a congenital heart defect (CHD). Despite a difficult diagnosis and spending countless weeks and months at Boston Children’s Hospital, Evan lived his life to the fullest and gave everything he could to others in his life. In 2010, at the age of 20, Evan passed away from his heart condition. Rather than allow Evan’s passing to put an end to the life and legacy that Evan’s energy built, his friends and family formed Live4Evan to serve as a testament to the power of relationships and the importance of having loved ones by your side. Contact Jack Nealon at jack.nealon@live4evan.org or visit www.live4evan.org for more information.

About Solect Energy

Solect Energy is one of the largest commercial solar developers in Massachusetts, and the tenth-largest in the country. The company helps commercial and industrial businesses, state governments, cities and towns, public and private schools, higher education institutions, and nonprofits in New England transform the way they manage and optimize energy. Solect’s services include financing, design, engineering, installation, operations and maintenance, and system monitoring. Products include rooftop, canopy and ground-mounted solar energy systems; and battery storage systems that provide electricity during power outages and help businesses save money when utility prices are at a premium.

The company has installed more than 120 MegaWatts of solar on more than 550 facilities, helping business owners improve their financial positions with solar. The company’s service business, which ensures optimal system performance, has a 99% renewal rate. Based in Hopkinton, Mass., Solect was founded in 2009 and employs 70 people. Visit www.solectenergy.com for more information.