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Charity Register: Late Fall 2012

Five opportunities to give this fall.

October 08, 2012

The 2012 Humanitarian Award Gala will honor David Meeker, CEO of Genzyme, for his positive impact on the Boston community.

South Shore Hospital
What: More than 650 of the South Shore’s most charitable residents will dance the night away at the Moonlight & Miracles Gala. The evening will feature dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions while raising funds for cancer care at South Shore Hospital. Guests will also enjoy performances by singer Ben E. King and the Sultans of Swing. Since 2002 the event has raised more than $2 million for cancer care.
When: October 19, 6 pm
Where: Boston Marriott Quincy, 1000 Marriott Dr., Quincy

The Dimock Center
What: Steppin’ Out for The Dimock Center gala outshines itself with a six-stage event with Gladys Knight as headliner. This black-tie benefit traditionally raises more than $500,000 to support the center in delivering health services to less privileged residents. The gala’s honorary cochairs are John and Linda Pizzuti Henry.
When: October 20, 7 pm
Where: The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave.

Mass General Hospital for Children
What: The hills are alive for the highly anticipated 2012 Storybook Ball. This year’s theme is “The Sound of Music,” and the evening will include dining, dancing, and games, with all proceeds going toward pediatric nutrition programs. The event raised more than $1 million last year. 
When: October 20, 6:30 pm
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.

March of Dimes
What: The 2012 Humanitarian Award Gala will honor David Meeker, CEO of Genzyme, for his positive impact on the Boston community. A cocktail reception and silent auction will precede a seated dinner, awards ceremony, and live auction. Last year’s event raised $300,000 to help prevent premature birth and birth defects in infants.
When: November 2, 6 pm
Where: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress St.

Joslin Diabetes Center
What: Turn out for this year’s High Hopes Gala, where the 1960s Mad Men and Rat Pack–themed event will benefit the Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund. A cocktail reception and silent auction will be followed by a live auction, raffle, and a performance by Simply Sinatra. Award-winning television journalist Liz Walker from Channel 5 will emcee, with the Nunnally family as honorees.
When: November 19, 6 pm
Where: The Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.


Charity Register: September

Four causes for celebration with opportunities to give.

August 20, 2012

March of Dimes
What: Twenty-six top chefs, including signature chef Jonathan Cambra of the Tiverton’s Boat House, will offer their best dishes at the Signature Chefs Auction. The night features silent and live auctions which raised $95,000 in 2011.
When: September 20, 6 pm
Where: Belle Mer, 2 Goat Island Road, Newport, RI

American Cancer Society
What: Head to the shore for a night of dancing, dining, silent and live auctions, and entertainment at the American Cancer Society Compass of Hope Gala. Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the gala, chaired by Alice O’Neill and Susan Ellis, has raised more than $735,000.
When: September 8, 6 pm
Where: Oyster Harbors Club, 2067 Oyster Harbors, Osterville Red Sox Foundation

Red Sox Foundation
What: Red Sox wives take to the runway in the season’s best styles for Fenway to the Runway. Saks Fifth Avenue will be dressing the baseball wives for this fashion show, which raised $75,000 for the foundation’s cornerstone programs.
When: September 13, 10:30 am
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital
What: This year’s Milagros para Niños Gala will celebrate the life-saving work of the Boston Children’s Hospital, and honor the Stem Cell Program, the Harp family and their foundation, and Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú. Latin food, live entertainment, and dancing promise to make the fundraiser an upbeat night. Last year’s event raised an impressive $370,000.
When: September 20, 6:30 pm
Where: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, 50 Park Plaza


Charity Register: Summer

Opportunities To Give

June 25, 2012

Boston Symphony Orchestra
What: Celebrate 75 years of classical music at Tanglewood’s anniversary gala, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Tanglewood orchestra, and various solo artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Keith Lockhart. Enjoy preconcert cocktails and an elegant dinner while helping the BSO achieve its goal of raising $475,000, nearly $150,000 more than last year’s proceeds.
When: July 14, 2012, 5 pm
Where: The Hawthorne Tent

Nantucket Cottage Hospital
What: Join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a special guest performer in a concert to benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the only full-time, year-round health care provider on the island. A preconcert cocktail reception, gourmet dinner with dessert, and dancing followed by fireworks on the beach complete the evening’s festivities. This event has raised more than $1 million annually for the past 16 years.
When: August 11, 2012, 7 pm
Where: Jetties Beach, Nantucket

Red Sox Foundation
What: After a game versus the Minnesota Twins, guests can join players for an autograph session, BBQ dinner, and live auction, hosted by Mike O’Malley. Last year’s picnic raised more than $300,000 to support the foundation’s cornerstone programs, including the Red Sox Rookie Leagues and the Red Sox Scholars.
When: August 5, 2012, one hour after the end of the 1:35 pm Red Sox game
Where: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way


Charity Register May/June

Opportunities to Give

April 30, 2012

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
What: Dress for a Cause, now in its third year, returns for another fashion-filled evening. The night will feature a fashion show, silent auction, cocktail reception, and Scotch tasting. Fashion designer Sara Campbell, Kenzie Kids, and KGirl will host the evening, and Susan Wornick of WCVB TV 5 will be the master of ceremonies.
When: May 16, 6 pm
Where: Wellesley Country Club, 300 Wellesley Ave., Wellesley

Emerald Neck lace Conservancy
What: The annual Party in the Park will hold its elegant catered reception and luncheon against the backdrop of the Kelleher Rose Garden. Event chairs Janet Atkins, Jane Roy, Lynn Dale, and Holly Safford hope to gross another $600,000 this year to restore the Shurcliff-designed Rose Garden Fountain and support the Justine Mee Liff Fund, among other goals. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform during the event.
When: May 16, 11 am
Where: Back Bay Fens

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
What: Show your support with a flourish of pink at the annual Boston Hot Pink Party. Dinner and live entertainment will follow a lavish cocktail hour. Last year’s event raised over $1 million for breast cancer research, and 2012 is expected to top that mark. Cochairs Elisha Daniels, Donna Stearns, Kelley Doyle, and Linda Waintrup contributed to the planning for this party, which will honor Daniels and Sandra Krakoff, the recipients of BCRF’s 2012 Humanitarian Award.
When: May 17, 6 pm
Where: InterContinental, 510 Atlantic Ave.

Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port
What: Join event chair and Best Buddies global ambassador Tom Brady while cycling from Boston to Hyannis Port to raise money for Best Buddies International. Carl Lewis will lead the Carl Lewis Challenge, a five-kilometer run/ three-mile walk event, and all participants will cap off the day with a gourmet lobster bake on Craigville Beach and a private Plain White T’s concert. Anthony K. Shriver is the founder and chairman of Best Buddies International, which raised more than $4 million in donations during last year’s challenge.
When: June 2, 7 am
Where: Boston and Hyannis Port

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
What: The One Hundred dinner and gala will honor 100 individuals and organizations who have contributed to the fight against cancer. Last year the event raised nearly $1.3 million to support research, education, patient care, and community outreach. Event cochairs include Vicary Graham, Jonathan and Patty Kraft, and Henri and Belinda Termeer. The ceremony will feature Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon, who became affiliated with the event after MGH treated his father for cancer.
When: June 7, 6 pm
Where: Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.





Charity Register: February/March

Give and get down at these three philanthropic fêtes.

February 27, 2012

Ellie Fund
What: Celebrate the Oscars with the Ellie Fund, an organization that provides breast cancer patients with transportation to appointments, childcare, housekeeping, and meal delivery, all free of charge. Guests at this black-tie affair— including red carpet hosts J.C. Monahan and Bianca de la Garza, and event emcees David Brown and Susan Wornick—will enjoy cocktails, chef stations, and auctions while watching the Oscars.
When: February 26, 6:30 pm
Where: Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St.

American Cancer Society
What: The annual Boston Key Gala benefits AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center, a program of the American Cancer Society that provides free temporary housing for cancer patients who need to travel 40 miles or more from home to receive treatment in Boston. The gala’s honoree this year is Robert A. Cascella, president and CEO of Bedford-based Hologic. Joyce Kulhawik will emcee, and the band Soho will perform.
When: March 29, 6 pm
Where: Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St.

Make-A-Wish Foundation
What: At the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island 2012 Gala, join emcee Liz Brunner for a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and auctions. The 2011 gala raised $700,000, allowing the charity to grant 100 wishes.
When: April 28, 6:30 pm
Where: InterContinental, 510 Atlantic Ave.


Charity Register: October/November

The season of giving begins with three can’t-miss philanthropic fêtes.

October 10, 2011

The UNICEF Children's Champion Award dinner will honor Sting and wife Trudie Styler

The US Fund for UNICEF honors Sting and wife Trudie Styler at the Children’s Champion Award Dinner. Cochairs and board members Alli and Bill Achtmeyer, with Barrie and Kevin Landry and Elaine and Bobby Sager, host a cocktail hour, dinner and auction to raise money to help protect children from preventable diseases.
When: October 20, 6:30 PM
Where: The Park Plaza Castle, 130 Columbus Ave.

Room to Grow
Emcee Mary Richardson and community leaders celebrate the efforts of parents helping their children thrive despite the challenges of poverty. The annual Room to Grow Fall Gala will honor Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, one of the world’s foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development. The event includes dinner and an auction.
When: November 5, 6:30 PM
Where: Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Boston Lyric Opera
Boston Lyric Opera’s annual fundraising gala celebrates the supernatural this year. Hocus Pocus: An Operatic Trip to the Dark Side includes cocktails and dinner interspersed with ghost stories and music performed by BLO emerging artists. Chaired by Willa and Taylor Bodman, Lisa Greiner and Alan Dynner. Black tie or occult couture encouraged.
When: October 22, 6 PM
Where: Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St.


Trunk Show: Jason Wu Fall 2011

Louis Boston brings designers to the people.

September 12, 2011

On November 5, Louis Boston will present a trunk show with Jason Wu’s fall line, featuring his signature saturated colors and perfect tailoring. Long a purveyor of fashion from ofthe- moment designers, the store was one of the fi rst to carry Wu’s line in the US and the fi rst to carry it in Boston. “He’s a brilliant designer who is way ahead of the curve on many things,” says Louis Boston’s vice president, Maria Fei. “The craftsmanship that goes into his designs brings me back to the time when garments were meticulously hand-sewn to the utmost perfection.” Better mark your calendars now. 60 Northern Ave;



Zocalo's Summer Patio Party

Sip specialty cocktails and enjoy savory bites in support of Community Servings.

August 18, 2011

On August 23 Zocalo Cocina Mexicana, the guacamole capitol of Boston, is teaming up with Community Servings for an end of summer patio party. In additional to putting on a splendid fiesta—promising plenty of summer cocktails and spicy bites—Zocalo will donate fiesta proceeds to Community Servings, which delivers hot meals to people with AIDS, their dependents and caregivers. As for the cocktails, Zocalo will serve its specialty margarita, whiskey smash, blueberry caipiroska, sangria and raspberry fresca mocktail. And you simply must dip into that famous guacamole served with corn tortilla chips, crispy avocado sticks, flautas de pollo and tostadas. The party will be hosted on Zocalo’s gorgeous outdoor terrace and serenaded by Latin musings. (6 PM–8 PM) 35 Stanhope St., 617-522-7777

—Stephanie Stark


Family Outing: Nantucket Sandcastle Day

Tote the kids to Jetties Beach for an afternoon of fun in the sun and sand.

August 05, 2011

Sandcastle building teams return to the dunes of Nantucket once again on August 20 for the 38th Annual Nantucket Sandcastle and Sculpture Day, where dozens of sand starfish, boats, skulls, lions and more will spring up on Jetties Beach. Professional artists from the Nantucket Island School of Design will be judging contestants on creativity, concept and design and skilled sand sculptors will bring their own dies, tools and props to shape and decorate their works. An event for all ages, the Sandcastle and Sculpture Day is the perfect post-brunch afternoon family outing. (Noon–5 PM) Jetties Beach, Bathing Beach Road, Nantucket;

—Stephanie Stark


Newport Comes Alive with Jazz

The 57th Annual Newport Jazz Festival makes some noise.

August 01, 2011

Esperanza Spalding

The soulful tunes heard upon entering Newport this weekend aren’t in your head—they’re the sounds of the 57th Annual Newport Jazz Festival. The weekend-long fest kicks off tonight with a concert on the green by five-time Grammy-nominated artist Michael Feinstein with special guests Joe Negri and legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. A two-day line up of some of the greatest entertainers in the jazz world, from Esperanza Spalding (PICTURED) to Hiromi will follow tonight’s performance. We highly recommend taking a break from your Narragansett beach house to enjoy the sounds of the fest—we certainly will.

Our Newport Jazz Festival Picks:

Friday, August 5
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI

Michael Feinstein with special guest Joe Negri and Wynton Marsalis (8:00 PM)

Saturday, August 6
Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Ave., Newport, RI

Hiromi (1:00–2:00 PM)                      
Wynton Marsalis (2:30–3:30 PM)          
Esperanza Spalding and Friends (3:50–4:50 PM)          
Grace Kelly with special guest Phil Woods (5:00–6:00 PM)

Sunday, August 7 
Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Ave., Newport, RI

Hiromi Trio Project (12:50–1:50 PM
Miguel Zenón’s “Puerto Rican Songbook” with Guillermo Klein (2:20–3:20 PM)                      
Angélique Kidjo (2:30–3:30 PM)
Ravi Coltrane Quartet (3:50–4:50 PM)           
Apex: Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green (5:20–6:20 PM)          

—Jenn Gimbel
Photograph by Johann Sauty

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