The 20th Annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer is dedicated to the memory of our good friend, Cristina Moniz-Baltatzidis who we had the pleasure to know and work with.
Cristina was happiest when she was with her family and friends, and when she was helping others, both in her professional and personal life. She was a fiercely loyal, trusted, guiding, and deeply loving mother, sister, daughter, wife and friend. Her loss has left a tremendous void in so many people because of it.
Cristina was born in Portugal and grew up in Bristol, Rhode Island. Cristina attended Northeastern University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Upon graduation, she landed a dream job at Boston Magazine. As marketing manager at the magazine, she was responsible for overseeing special advertising sections and special events such as the annual Best of Boston awards ceremony. After Boston Magazine, she was offered a position as marketing director with the Back Bay Restaurant Group. There, she helped refine the branding for a range of restaurant concepts. When Cristina gave birth to her son Aris, she decided that she wanted to stay home to spend time with him so she launched her own marketing firm, Moniz Communications. Through word of mouth, and one client at a time, she ended up representing many of Boston’s best clothing shops, spas and interior design firms. Her clients would all eventually become friends, and many would attribute much of their success to Cristina. She loved to connect friends and clients, past and present, with other people across Boston, in hopes of expanding everyone’s circle of success and good fortune. She selflessly gave terrific advice and would frequently put others’ needs before her own, even while battling her illness. Her positive spirit will continue to inspire many more great things among those who loved her, worked with her, and wanted to know her better. She was truly such a bright and positive force among those that knew and loved her. She passed last year on New Year’s Eve after a 3-year battle with breast cancer, which she fought with immense courage, grace, integrity, and her trademark style. She was only 44 and leaves behind a 13-year old son and her husband of 18 years.