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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 21,2013 Page 5 THE FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN HOST Green 8g whive Ball Co-chairs Kate Gilbane, AUi Achtmeyer and Katherine O'Keeffe. The Friends of the Public Garden hosted the 2013 Green & White Ball on Friday, May 17 th at the Taj Boston hotel to raise funds to support the organization's mission to preserve and enhance Boston's three historic downtown parks: the Boston Com- mon, the Public Garden and the Common- wealth Avenue Mall. This year's black tie gala was co-Chaired by Allison Achtmeyer, Kate Gilbane, Katherine O'Keeffe and Annie Sacerdote and was attended by 200 guests, and raised 8370,000 for the parks. The Friends mobilize citizen advocacy for parks protection, sponsor educational programs and family events, like Duckling Day, in the parks and provide much-needed Peter Nicholas, Erik Witkowski and Jeff Mitchell. will support the final phase of the project which will commence this fall. The final phase includes restoring the historic iron tence along Tremont Street, reclaiming this area once again as parkland and not part of the busy street. The three historic parks are a place to enjoy with family and friends, a pathway lhrough which neighbors commute to work each day, or a place ofrespite. The parks [!i '. ..... face many threats and challenges both natural and manmade, but with the help of Still "Quincy Strong" Jean Egan, Lori Hailer and Carolyn Morey. financial support for tree care, bench replacement, monument conservation and fountain restoration and maintenance, ensuring that the critical natural and struc- tural features of these parks receive the vital care that they need. Beyond the annual stewardship work in the parks, the Friends has made great progress on a significant improvement project on the Common to renovate the Brewer Fountain Plaza and Liberty Mall parkland stretching from Tremont Street up to the base of the State House. This is the most ambitious project in our 43-year his- tory and has already transformed the dete- riorated and most heavily used comer of the Common into one of the most striking gath- ering places in the city. The plaza is now adorned with caf tables, chairs, umbrellas, a food truck, a "reading room", chess and checkers games, and piano music at lunch- time. Some of the proceeds from the Ball Christy Nicholas and Nonnie Burnes. our supporters, who understand the impor- tance of these urban jewels in the heart of our city, the Friends works hard to protect .hese civic treasures. All of the Friends work is made possible :hrough contributions from community nembers and events like the Green & White 3all. "The Green & White Ball is a wonder- ul opportunity to bring together many people who truly care about preserving or improv- ing the quality of these green spaces. We are so very grateful for everyone's gener- ous support." stated Friends Executive Director, Elizabeth Vizza. About the Friends of the Public Garden: The Friends of the Public Garden is a non- profit citizen's advocacy group formed in 1970 to preserve and enhance the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Com- monwealth Avenue Mall in collaboration with the Mayor and the Parks and Recre- ation Department of the City of Boston. A model public-private partnership and the first in the region, the Friends number over 2500 members and many volunteers. (Photos by Roger Farrington) The Quincy City Council recently honored former Quincy resident Sal Giarratani in honor of his 40 years with the Department of Mental Health. Shown in photo, City Council President Michael McFarland presenting City Council citation to Sal Giarratani on June I0 th. Third Annual "Girl" Friends of the North End Reunion Start spreading the word, the Annual Girl Friends of the North End gathering will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Knights of Columbus Hall* located at 545 Medford Street, Charlestown, MA. The cost is S55 per ticket and a Cash Bar will be available. Please send your check by August 31, 2013 made payable to Francine Gannon and mail to: Ms. Francine Gannon, 74 Commer- cial Street, Boston, MA, 02109. If you are replying for more than one person, please list their names (include maiden name if applicable) and addresses. Space will once again be limited, so please plan accordingly as we will not be able to honor any checks after the deadline August 31, 2013. Only tables of 10 may be reserved. We look forward to seeing all the "girl" friends of the North End once again on September 28 th. For further information contact any in the committee: Francine Capodilupo Gannon, Chairman (617-742-6912), Carol Langone Catanzaro (617-238-1925), Diane Passero Pesaturo (781-443-3624) or Christina Penta (617-227-9568). *Limited free parking is available around the Knights Hall across the street. We recommend that you make an effort to carpool.