Nashua agency board member fighting for donations

NASHUA – Eric Sopper is going the distance for Marguerite’s Place, a transitional housing program for homeless women with children. He is, quite literally, fighting for donations.

By day, Sopper is a mild-mannered financial services manager at Peoples United Bank and a board member of Marguerite’s Place. By night, he is a 44-year-old Amherst father boxing to get in shape, have a few laughs and support a cause that’s near and dear to his heart.

Sopper is using his personal fitness resolution to promote Marguerite’s Place. He is headlining in a recreational boxing match against Justin “Big Daddy” Robinson at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Fist Fitness Gym, Westford, Mass.

Proceeds raised during Sopper’s training and from the match will benefit the nonprofit organization.

“Although it’s an unconventional idea, it’s my way of giving back to Marguerite’s Place,” Sopper said. “At Marguerite’s Place, we give second chances for homeless women with children; we empower them to be their best and to regain their self-sufficiency. I’m fighting to give someone a second chance.”

You can follow Sopper on his blog, “Going the Distance for MP,” at

You can support Marguerite’s Place by sending a donation in support of Sopper’s efforts to Marguerite’s Place, 87 Palm St., Nashua, NH 03060, or visit