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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 Page 9 -' by J-Iilda M. Morrill Boston's own "First Lady of Fashion," Yolanda Cellucci, center, is pietured during the annual Lasell College Leadership Recognition Dinner at Larz Anderson Auto Museum with models wearing gowns she donated to the Lasell Fashion Collection. The gowns included original designs by Bob Mackie, Oscar de la Renta, and Mary MacFadden. Yolanda Cellucci, Boston fashion icon and owner of the former Yolanda's Salon in Waltham, will serve as Hon- orary Co-Chair of a new fund- raising effort at Lasell Col- lege, announced Lasell Presi- dent Michael B. Alexander. Yolanda's renown in the fashion industry will help support the effort, which seeks to build a Center for Creative and Applied Arts on campus and will create a new home for the College's bur- geoning Fashion Depart- ment. Ms. Cellucci joins Hon- orary Co-Chairs Thomas and Olivia McDonough, current Lasell parents, and Trustee Emerita Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 in providing leadership for this initiative. Yolanda is known and has been honored as a dynamic force in encouraging young (Photo courtesy of Betty Levin) people to follow their dream careers in fashion and other pursuits. She's the recipient of numerous awards such as an honorary doctorate degree from Newbury College and, in 2005, as an inductee into Massachusetts Retail Hall of Fame. This Lasell campaign seeks to raise funds to build the Center, which will create studio space, classrooms, fac- ulty offices, and climate con- trolled storage for Lasell's Fashion Collection. The Cen- ter for Creative and Applied Arts, in conjunction with the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, will create an arts complex on campus that will help energize the music, studio art and performing arts programs -- historically a strong element of the aca- demic and co-curricular cul- ture at Lasell. "Despite the economic climate, when other colleges may be cutting back, Lasell continues to grow," said President Michael B. Alex- ander. "This project will sup- port that growth and provide enhancements to the educa- tional programs at Lasell. Yolanda will be a significant boost to this effort." Lasell honored Yolanda at its annual Leadership Recog- nition Dinner at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum held last fall and showcased sev- eral gowns she recently do- nated to the Lasell Fashion Collection. Those gowns in- cluded original designs by Bob Mackie, Oscar de la Renta, and Mary MacFadden. From April 6 though April 16, Lasell will also host "The Art of Fashion: The Yolanda Noted author Neal Sanders and Lifetime Master Gardener Betty Sanders, left, both devoted MHS volunteers, represented The Massachusetts Horticultural Society at the recent New England Grows! Expo. They are pictured with Paul Miskovsky, right, 'premier' landscape designer of awe-inspiring and award winning projects. Miskovsky will build two major exhibits at the upcom- ing Boston Flower & Garden Show in March, which is being held at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. For more information, visit and (Photo by Hilda M. Morrill Collection," a retrospective on her life and career including an exhibit of her gowns that are now a part of the Lasell Fashion Collection. The ex- hibit will be free and open to the public. "Yolanda is a major force in the couture fashion indus- try and in Boston. We are proud to have her on board in a leadership role for our fundraising efforts" said Ruth Shuman, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Lasell College recently re- ceived a lead gift for this ma- jor fundraising effort from Nancy Lawson Donahue. Nancy graduated in 1949 from Lasell with an AS in Fashion (Retail Management}. She served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and is currently Trustee Emerita and a member of the President's Advisory Council. The new center will be named in her honor. An innovative educational institution for nearly 160 years, Lasell is an indepen- dent coeducational college emphasizing the integration of professional and liberal arts programs leading to bachelor's and master's de- grees. The campus is situ- ated on a 50-acre campus eight miles from downtown Boston. Adjacent to the College is Lasell Village, the first-of-its-kind college-spon- sored retirement community with a learning mandate that has drawn international attention. For more information about Lasell College, visit ....... The Roslindale Arts Alliance is now accepting sub- missions for an upcoming May 2010 art exhibit, "Se- niors in Art." Curated by the Roslindale Arts Alliance the exhibit is planned as part of the annual "Ethos Senior Palooza" celebration. The ex- hibit will be shown at the West Roxbury Public Library during the month of May. There will be a reception on Thursday May 6. Ethos, established in 1974 is a private, non-profit orga- nization dedicated to promot- (Continued on Page 13) I DIAMONDS ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold I Jewelers Exch. Bldg. I Jim (617) 263-7766 j Andre Jackson, center, as "Simba," is pictured with other cast members of "The Lion King" musical, currently playing at The Boston Opera House through Sunday, March 21. For information, visit ..................................... 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