David Spillane is going to walk 161 miles from Stockbridge to Boston, MA, to raise funds for the Elizabeth Stone House.

An attorney and father of three from Quincy, MA, Spillane is a very big James Taylor fan -- he has seen the legendary five-time Grammy award winner in concert 16 times -- and decided to combine his love for Taylor with his desire to raise awareness for domestic violence. The Elizabeth Stone House partners with adult and child survivors of domestic violence and related trauma - mental illness, housing instability and substance misuse - to achieve safety, stability, and overall wellbeing, thereby contributing to the strength, resiliency, and health of the community we serve.

On Thanksgiving Day (November 23, 2017), paying homage to Taylor’s hit song Sweet Baby James, Spillane will start a 9-day walk from Stockbridge to Boston. Taking another line from the song, he plans to end the walk on the 1st of December. We hope, however, the day will not be “covered with snow.”

A walking enthusiast, Spillane has participated in many charity walks over the years. Even in everyday life, his favored mode of transportation is walking. And when he walks, he wears only New Balance shoes.

Spillane has set a goal of raising $50,000. Initially, he plans to ask 100 people to encourage 10 people they know to donate $50 each to the cause. You can contribute to this goal by making a donation online here.

Funds will support the Elizabeth Stone House, which currently serves over 700 domestic violence survivors each year, a number that still does not meet community demand. Planning and financing are underway for a new Stone House facility that will serve approximately 2,000 individuals each year.