2020 SOAR! DC National Awards Gala
The SOAR! Board of Directors cordially invite you to the
34th Annual DC National Awards Gala
a VIRTUAL signature event
Friday, November 6, 2020
Stay tuned for exciting news on our virtual galas!
Father Greg Boyle, SJ
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award
A Jesuit priest, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church from 1986 to 1992. At the time, it was the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.
Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in Los Angeles in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992.
In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.
In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.
Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. He is the recipient of the California Peace Prize and is inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award
She was first introduced to SOAR! at the organization’s gala dinner in Washington, D.C. 10 years ago. After helping with several D.C. galas, Genevieve served as a board member with SOAR! for six years.
Religious have always been part of her family life and school life. She spent her early years growing up in in France, where her aunt is a Little Sister of the Poor. Mrs. Murphy has a deep admiration for all women religious. The religious who educated her “taught us to be confident women, to rely on our sense of right and wrong,” she said.
Mrs. Murphy has a passion for supporting the elderly. She volunteers for the Little Sisters of the Poor, and with friends she created the Sisters’ annual Tea & Tulips “Friend-Raiser” event, which is in its 15th year. She volunteered as a “friendly visitor” for Iona Senior Services for over 20 years.
Mrs. Murphy is an avid supporter of education and believes every child should be offered an excellent education. She is a board member for the Washington School for Girls and recently served on the board of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, which is dedicated to help children with disorders that result in learning, communication and developmental challenges. Genevieve also participates in the Florida chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Catholic Charities DC, the Washington Hospital Center and the American Heart Association.
Her late husband, J.D. was an important mentor and continues to be an inspiration to her for giving back. “He is the most generous man I ever met, in so many ways,” she said.
She is a native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of Georgetown University and the George Washington University. She speaks fluent French.