Where It All Began

The Durkin Foundation was established in 2016 by Dan and Stephanie Durkin, who worked alongside Dan’s brothers, sisters and their spouses to develop a way to fill in the gaps that traditional programs didn’t address. The inspiration for the foundation grew from the realization of just how much work it is to properly care for the people that we love. The Durkin Foundation hopes to provide financial assistance in the support of families dealing with situations where team-work is required to succeed and failure is not an option.

What inspired us

The Durkins are a family of seven children who were raised by their incredible parents—Brendan and Claire Durkin— in the hard-working, South section of Lowell, MA known as “Spaghettiville” (named for the once home of the Prince Spaghetti factory). Brendan and Claire passed away in 2015 and 2016 respectfully. They demonstrated a tremendous devotion and commitment to their family, and while they struggled to raise their kids on a modest income, they were always willing to lend a helping hand to any family, friend or neighbor in need. The Durkin Foundation’s goal is to honor their legacy by assisting individuals and families affected by the following issues which were near and dear to their hearts.

Claire’s Story

Alzheimer’s Disease
Claire’s 11-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease proved to be the greatest test of strength for the Durkin family, but also provided them with the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned from their parent’s lifelong example. Their experiences in care taking brought to light the need to supplement support services for other families in these circumstances. The foundation supports programs and assistance for Alzheimer patients and their family caretakers that improve their quality of life.

Patty’s Story

Intellectual Disabilities

Raising a child with Down syndrome presented new challenges for Brendan and Claire, and they worked hard to provide their daughter Patty with every opportunity available to her. In return, they were graced by Patty’s unconditional love for them, her ever present smile, and the joy of seeing Patty learn, develop and thrive. The foundation supports providing enriching opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Brendan’s Story

U.S. Veterans Services

Brendan’s military service to his country, in which he received two purple hearts and a bronze star provided him with an understanding of the challenges in returning to civilian life after active duty. Support for returning veterans is important to their transition back to their communities, and the foundation will support programs and opportunities for these vets and their families.

Meet The Board

Executive Board

Matt
Durkin

Executive Director

Stephanie
Ivos Durkin

President

Dan
Durkin

Chairman

Jack
Reynolds

Secretary

John
Griffin

Treasurer

Board Of Trustees

Kristi Amendolare

Executive Director of Operations for Anchor Line Partners 

Brian Chapman

Founder/ CEO of Mill City Environmental

 

John Chemaly

Co-owner & President, Trinity EMS

 

Meghan Coughlin

Clinical Sports Medicine Navigator,  Emerson Hospital Center for Rehabilitative Sports Therapies  

Brendan “Mike” Durkin, Jr

Former Lowell Policeman/ Founder of Durkin Investigations

 

Thomas “Tipper” Durkin 

Associate Director of Supply Chain, United Technology Aerospace Systems

 

Robert Engel

President of API of NH  

Michael F. Flaherty, Esq.

Boston City Councilor At- Large

Louise Griffin

President of Zack’s Team Foundation

Mary Karabatsos

Executive Director of the Dracut Housing Authority

Mike Kuenzler

Owner of All Sports Heroes and Four Oaks Country Club 

Martin T. Meehan

President of University of Massachusetts System

 

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Steven C. Panagiotakos

Fmr. Massachusetts State Senator/ Chair for the Ways and Means Committee

Girard Sargent

President of Citizens Bank

 

Lori Loureiro Trahan

Congresswomen of  Massachusetts 3rdCongressional District

Advisory Board

David M. Nangle

Massachusetts State Representative for the Towns of Lowell & Chelmsford

Marsha Harris

CEO/ Founder of Strategic Environmental Services 

Dr. Brenda Neary

Obstetrics and Gynecology 

 

Hillari Wennerstrom

Tyngsborough Board of Selectwoman

Maria Sancartier

Loan Officer

Sheryl A. Sutherland

Owner of Circle K Gas Station, Tewksbury

Robert Ryan

Fmr. Supply Chain Director at Raytheon