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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 Page 9 by flilda M. Morrill Enjoying the "Winter Warm-Up" party and fundraiser at the Liberty Hotel to benefit Youth Design are, left to right, Denise Korn, Youth Design Founder; Amy Draybuck, Executive Director; and Javier Cortes, Korn Design Partner. (Photo courtesy of Youth Design) On February 1st, Boston's top designers and business leaders braved yet another winter storm and joined to- gether for the inaugural "Winter Warm-Up" party and fundraiser to benefit Youth Design (YD). The Liberty Hotel in Bos- ton hosted more than 100 guests who celebrated the organization's successful mentoring program that connects city high school students with paid summer internships. A number of Youth Design's mentors and program gradu- ates spoke about the impor- tance of real world experi- ence and encouraged event attendees to contribute to founder Denise Korn's ef- forts to provide positive work- ing environments for Boston teens. Guests enjoyed warming cocktails and "comfort" food tastings set to a soundtrack of "hot"" Latin rhythms. The first annual "2011 Mentor of The Year" award was presented to Josh Bruno. Director of the School-To- Career program at the Bos- ton Private Industry Council. There were also presenta- tions from YD student gradu- The gang from Karmaloop boutique on Newbury Street, along with Youth Design mentors and Partners join Denise Korn (rear, third from right) at the "Winter Warm- Up" party and fundraiser. ates and Founder, Denise Korn. The evening's emcees were "Stuff Boston" editorial director Erica Corsano and local business leader Ricardo Rodriguez of Coldwell Banker. Following "the fundraising event, everyone was invited to a lively and very social "AFTA" party and network- ing event, held on the Liberty Hotel's fifth floor catwalk. For more information about the organization and its programs, be sure to visit ........ While the forecast for March in New England may be cold and dreary, inside the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), things will heat up during "MFA Fiesta!." a month-long cel- ebration of Latin American culture. Visitors will be able to en- joy magnificent works of art from Mexico, Central America. and South America (Photo courtesy of Youth Design) in the Museum's new Art of the Americas Wing; partici- pate in a wide range of ac- tivities, including concerts, films, and special programs; and savor food and drink with a Latin twist. The festivities begin on March 2 at 6:30 p.m.. when author Julia Alvarez will dis- cuss her evolution as a writer of the Americas and discuss themes of multi- culturalism in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lecture, "I, Too, Sing America: The Making of an All-American Writer," in the MFA's Remis Auditorium. Born in the US and raised in the Dominican Republic, the birthplace of her par- ents, Alvarez is one of America's most esteemed authors, bringing a unique voice to her extensive body of work, including best-sell- ers "How the Garcia Sisters Lost Their Accent" and "In the Time of Butterflies." Alvarez will repeat her lec- ture the following evening. March ;3 at 6;30 p.m., after lery on the first Friday of every month from 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Fine art, live music, cash bars featuring creative cock- tails, and a delicious tapas menu make for an exciting evening in a stylish setting. The event is free with Museum admission {must be 21 and older). The lively sounds of Latin American music also will be heard during free (with Mu- seum admission) Saturday concerts in March from 1-2 p.m. in the MFA's Shapiro Family Courtyard. For families with young children, "MFA Playdates" on March 25, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., will feature Latin-themed stories and activities. 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