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": i'i'i ii POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 Page 9 The So0000ially Set by J-tilda M. Morrill Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, his wife Linda, left, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass. Bay CEO Wendy Foster, right, enjoy the "Big Night" gala benefit at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. (Photo by John Kreis) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay re- cently held "Big Night," the organization's biggest fund- raising gala of the year at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This annual winter soiree raised nearly 61.7 million and was attended by 1,000 guests, including Boston Red Sox owner John Henry and his wife Linda, Women's soccer player Kristine Lilly, Olympic skater Michelle Kwan, and Shannon Allen, wife of Celtics star Ray Allen. Since 1998, the event has raised more than $20 million, which helps the organization provide chil- dren with a caring adult role model. Michael Franti and Spear- head kicked the evening off with their chart topping, foot stomping regga e hits Say Hey (I love you) and The Sounds of Sunshine. Head-lining the event was New Orleans' own Neville Brothers singing their hits Yellow Moon, Big Chief and Aaron Neville's smash, Tell It Like It Is. The evening was emceed by Channel 7's Frances Rivera. Guests enjoyed a "one-of-a-kind" menu pre- pared by celebrity chefs in- cluding Michael Schlow of Alta Strada, Radius, and Via Matta; Seth and Angela Raynor of Boarding House The Pearl, and Corazon Del Mar; Chris Schlesinger (a Big Brother since 2001) of East Coast Grill; and Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang. From the first course to dessert, each renowned chef was respon- sible for preparing a particu- lar part of the "New Orleans" inspired menu. Event committee co-chair, Joe Ayoub of Robinson & Cole, LLP presented the James Pallotta Award to Summit Partners' Marty Mannion. The Award recog- nizes an individual or indi- viduals who have engaged Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 Michael Schlow was among the celebrity chefs prepar- ing the "New Orleans" inspired menu at this year's Big Brothers .Big Sisters of Mass. Bay "Big Night" benefit gala. (File Photo) the community in support- ing children in need and whose efforts have had sig- nificant impact on their lives. For information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mas- sachusetts Bay, be sure to visit ....... Having completed its major expansion this past November, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is now inviting visitors to "build" their own mini-museum during the "Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures," taking place from Monday, February 21 through Friday, February 25. We are invited to kick-off the week on President's Day by searching the new Art of the Americas Wing for all of the U.S. Presidents who reside there. Throughout the week, a wide range of fun, hands-on activities encourage chil- dren to draw inspiration f DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. . Jim (617) 263-7766 . Sempre disponibile a tutti gli Italiani di Boston per informazioni su viaggi e biglietti aerei via Alitalia o altra compagnie aeree. Voli diretti da Boston a Roma, Firenze, Venezia, Napoli, Catania, Palermo a prezzi imbattibili. Per i vs/viaggi in Italia contattate la ben nota Donna Franca. Atti Notori, procure speciali / generali. Indirizzo 470 Commonwealth A venue Boston, MA (Kenmore Sq. & Green Line) Per i vostri viaggi chiamate oggi. Tel: 617-375-9400 As we are told, that is "Big Night" gala event committee co-chair, Joe Ayoub, pictured second from right, as he smiles for the camera with other mysterious masked guests including his lovely wife Christa, to his right. (Photo by John Kreis) from the Museum's artwork in order to create their own masterpieces to be hung in a "museum" they create themselves. Visitors can also explore masterpieces on a tour especially for fami- lies or sit back and enjoy theatrical performances and story hours. The MFA's Vacation Week Adventures, which run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are free for children 17 and younger with paid adult ad- mission and do not require registration. American Sign Language interpretation is available on Wednesday, February 23. For more information, visi- tors can view the calendar section of the Museum's website, ....... On Wednesday, March 9 we are invited to "Carnevale di Venezia" at The Beehive, 541 Tremont Street in Boston beginning at 5-p.m. The Beehive is partnering with Save Venice Boston to create "a startling Baroque musical party and dinner to celebrate Carnival/Mardi Gras the Venetian way. This will be an event worthy of Casanova himself," we are told. Guests will enjoy Italian specialties including octo- pus salad, scallops with Swiss chard and polenta, roast cod with Orecchiette and broccoli rabe and carnival fritters. An "All Baroque En- semble," including early music players from the Longy School of Music in Boston, will be performing "high energy" classical music. As the release states, "You haven't heard Vivaldi's, 'La Follia' like this before!" Later in the evening the music will be taken over in a contemporary way by Roberto Cassini and mem- bers of Gran Fatilla for a funky take on Italian folk music. Plan for a celebration unlike anything you have ever experienced. Masks, period-style attire and costumes are highly encouraged. For reserva- tions and more information, call 617-423-0069 or visit www. beehive boston, com. ....... "Mary Poppins" ar- rived this week at the Opera House in Boston for a limited engagement of five weeks through March 20. Steffanie Leigh stars as "Mary Poppins" with Nicolas Dromard, playing the af- fable chimney sweep, "Bert." Dromard was a member of the original Broadway com- pany. The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this story .of the world's most famous nanny (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 j USTIN E.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WW.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM