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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 17, 2011 Page 9 bg Jtilda M. Morrill "Party in the Park" co-chair Jane Roy (standing) with (sitting, left to right) Mie and Keisuke Wakao (BSO oboist who performed during the luncheon), Mrs. Takeshi Hikihara and her husband Japanese Consul General Takeshi Hikihara. (Photo by Roger Farrington) The "8th Annual Party in the Park" spring gala lun- cheon to benefit the Justine Mee Lift Fund at the Emer- ald Necklace Conservancy was held on Wednesday, May 18 at the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens. To date, the Party in the Park event and its support- ers have raised more than 81.6 million to support spe- cial projects in Boston's beautiful Emerald Necklace park system. The Party in the Park, which drew nearly 700 Bostonians, the majority donning festive hats for the occasion, honored Valerie Burns, President of the Bos- ton Natural Areas Network, with the "2011 Justine Mee Lift Spirit Award." The Lift Spirit Award hon- ors the vision, wisdom, hu- manity and joy that the late Otile McManus, left, and Linda Edmonds Turner smile for the camera at "Party in the Park." (Photo by Roger Farrington) Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street, Boston, MA02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 Boston's "First Lady of Fashion" Yolanda Cellucci enjoys "The Party in the Park." (Photo by Roger Farrington) Justine Mee Lift brought to her work as Boston Commis- sioner of Parks and Recre- ation from 1996 until 2002. It is presented annually to an individual or individuals whose leadership, commit: ment to cities, passion for public places and ability to inspire others, best reflects Justine's spirit and legacy. As president of Boston Natural Areas Network, Burns demonstrates a strong commitment to conserving and expanding urban green spaces and encouraging community members to ad- vocate and work for all the city's parklands. "It is an honor to receive this award," she said. "As Justine did in her work, it is important to celebrate the beauty, joy and community that Boston's parks and green spaces bring to our city." This year the Lift Fund will make grants to support the continued restoration of the Fountain and Statue in the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens; the ongoing maintenance of trees and park woodlands through the Tree Fund established by the Lift Fund in 2010; and the support of The Park Ranger Mounted Unit. Congratulations and Best Wishes to all! ....... A celebratory all- Italian themed program, with music of Bellini, Verdi, Res- pighi, and Rossini, opens the Boston Symphony Orches- tra's 2011 Tanglewood Sea- son on Friday, July 8. Conductor Charles Dutoit leads the combined forces I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Left to right: Pamela Humphrey; Julie Crockford, Emerald Necklace Conservancy president; and "Party in the Park" co-chair Holly Safford. (Photo by Roger Farrington) of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the 140-voice Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and soloists Angela Meade, Kristine Jepson, Roberto De Biasio, and James Morris in opera excerpts from the works of the great Italian masters. Tanglewood adds a new di- mension to the "Opening Night Benefactor Gala Din- ner" by inviting guest chef Lydia Shire to create a spe- cial menu for the evening. The dinner, which will complement the all-ltalian themed opening night con- cert with food and decora- tions designed to evoke the ambiance of Tuscany, will take place prior to the open- ing night concert in the Hawthorne Tent on the Tanglewood grounds. A seasoned pro at a young age, Shire oversaw kitchens at Boston's BIBA, Pignoli, and Locke-Ober that have proven a fertile training ground for some of the city's finest culinary talent. Recognized multiple times by the James Beard Founda- tion and Food & Wine Maga- zine for her work, Shire con- tinues her commitment to limitless creativity with Scampo at the Liberty Hotel and Towne Stove + Spirits at The Hynes Convention Cen- ter, both in Boston. The Opening Night Gala Party will take place in the Hawthorne Tent, located on the hill overlooking Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Tangle- wood grounds, beginning at 5 p.m., with a festive cock- tail reception and celebra- tory dinner. The room will evoke the ambiance of Tuscany, com- plete with wrought iron chandeliers in the ceiling and flowing drapes around the tent. Oval and round din- ner tables will be decorated with warm colors of ma- hogany, sage and ivory, and completed with custom made artichoke votives. The flow- (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWW.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM