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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 5, 2010 Page 9 Whe 00ociallLi 8et bgJtilda M. Morrill Tristin and Marty Mannion are ready to "party like rock stars" at the "Big Night 11" Gala Benefit, held at the Boston Convention & Visitors Center. (Photo by Jeff Thiebauth) The recent benefit gala for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay raised $2.3 million. "Big Night 11" was founded by Jim Pallotta eleven years ago to support BBBS' one-to-one adult child mentoring friendships. This year's event chair was Joe Ayoub and com- mittee members included Steve Demirjian, Paul Deninger, Tim Dibble, Rick Grinnell, Phill Gross, Jeff Leerink, Marty Mannion, Paul Margolis, Peter Monaco, Frank Petz, Michael Stansky and Kristin Teehan. "Big Night 11" featured the J. Geils Band, Fifty-two floors above the city, Tommy Choi, left, Executive Pastry Chef at Top of the Hub presents a Chocolate Trio of desserts to "Chef Magnifique" of The One & Only Boston Chocolate Tour. Top of the Hub is the first stop on the fully-narrated, three-hour journey of decadent desserts and fun facts presented by Old Town Trolley Tours every Saturday through April 24. For information, call 617-269-7150. (Photo by R. J. Donovan) "Big Night 11" Gala chairman Joe Ayoub, right, congratulates committee member Phill Gross after presenting him with the inaugural James J. Pallotta Award. (Photo by Jeff Thiebauth) reuniting for perhaps the last time. Guests were invited to "Party like a Rock Star." So it was only fitting.that a real-live rock star, Aerosmith's drummer Joey Kramer, serTed as emcee and welcomed the party-goers in their rock-star costumes. Big Night is also known for its extraordinary cuisine and this year was no exception. Seth & Angela Raynor (The Pearl, Boarding House, Corazon del Mar) presented a spectacular first course of Nantucket "Night 'Time" bay scallop ceviche with "Whammer Jammer" spiced popcorn. Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger) ammzed everyone with "Wooba Gooba" Ma Po Tofu, a panko-crusted tofu with a black bean pork samce and Thai basil puree. Michael Schlow (Alta Strada, Radius, Via Matta) served up a tender Tuscam pot roast with mushrooms, tomato and rose,mary. And, Joanne Chang (Flour" Bakery, Myers + Chang) capped everything off wiith jelly roll of angel food cake roulade with raspbe,.rry jam and lemon cream. During the speaking pro- gram, BBBS President and CEO Wendy Foster thanked supporters and committee members, updated the crowd on where the agency stands today and introduced Big Brother Jona-than Sproul and Little Brother Bryant Simpson who told their match story via a video. Chair Joe Ayoub pre- sented the inaugural James J. Pallotta Award to Phill Gross for his dedica- tion to supporting chil- dren's charities. Named in honor of Jim for his tireless efforts, enormous creativity and determination dedi- cated to helping children reach their full potential, this new annual Award will recognize an individual or individuals who have en- gaged the community in supporting children in need and whose efforts have had a significant impact on children's lives. At the end of the formal program the J. Geils Band took to the stage for an un- forgettable rocking evening. Celebrated for their legend- ary live shows, they played many of their hits including Looking for a Love, Whammer North Rick Grinnell and his wife Seina, left, with Tania Naaman at "Big Night 11." (Photo by Jeff Thiebauth) Jammer, Give it to Me, Ain't Nothing But a House Party, Must of Got Lost, Love Stinks, Freeze Frame, and Centerfold. We're told that around midnight, French Lick took over, performing their classic rock covers to keep the Boston Rock Party rockin' into the wee hours. ....... The prestige and glamour of Hollywood comes to Boston for "The Ellie Fund's 14 th Annual Oscar Night Boston Gala," the state's only Acad- emy Awards celebration officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Movie lovers have the opportunity to show off their black-tie finest on the red carpet and enjoy the state's only live telecast of the 82 nd Academy Awards this coming Sunday, March 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin Street, Boston. All. proceeds from the event benefit the Ellie Fund's innovative "Care for the Caregiver" pro- (Continued on Page 15) EIT, t Chamber of Commerce North End Restaurant ek 2010 Week 1 March 28th -April 2nd Week 2 April 4th -April 9th Lunch- $20.] 0 Dinner- $33.] 0 Bricco * Mare Ricardo ! Ristorante Cantina Italiana * Ritorante Fiore Tresca * Trattoria fl Panino Al Denle * fico Strega Florentine Carl La Famzilia Spagnuolo Gennaro' 5 Worth Square Ristorante Lirnoncello Ristoranle Damiano North Street Cmlle Ca Grati