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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 4, 2014 Page 9 Socially Scene by j00lngela Comacchio The loveliest of ladies took the runway at BMC Catwalk for Cancer recently and the finest of fashions like David Josef designs were worn. (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) Socially  Reviewed ... This past week Boston had another one of its high-end events, Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care. The breathtaking State Room was host to the third annual Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care in partnership with Open HEARTS and Clappazzola. Thirteen Bos- ton Medical Center cancer patients, professional mod- els and BMC staff strutted their stuff. Also local celeb- rities like: Kennedy Elsey for Mix 104.1 FM, Jonathon Soroff with The Improper Bostonian, Sam Chambers Assistant to Mayor Marty Walsh and Janet Wu from Channel 7 News walked down the runway last Thurs- day night. The evening wel- comed all of Boston's best DreaDesigns Couture col- lection that was sparkly chic; fitting for the finest cocktail hour. Next, was a surgeon with BMC who rocked the runway wearing stylist Brian Finocchio from Macy's men's collection. Sashaying right behind was emerging designer, Lori Kyler Christensen, with her most recent looks featuring a pop of fluorescent pattern in her dresses perfect for a night on the town or sum- mer cocktail event. Strength was the message of the evening and it came in all forms. Next was Boston's fm- est fashion industry agency, owned by Christina K Pierce; who was not only in atten- dance, but walked the run- way proud four days after the birth of her daughter. Her were, being that the evening didn't end there. After there was a live DJ for dancing, two bars for countless cocktails, cupcakes and plenty of people ready to party. The Boston Medical Cen- ter is a private non-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center located in the South End. The largest safety net hospital in New England, Boston Medical Center pro- vides a full spectrum of pe- diatric and adult care ser- vices, from primary care and family medical to advanced specialty care. The BMC is the largest and busiest pro- vider of trauma and emer- gency care services in New England. Upcoming events for the BMC are as follow: Kids Fund Golf Tournament on July 28 th at Belmont Country Club, Mayo Bowl on September 8 ta at Kings Dedham and Rodman Ride for Kids on September 20 ta in Foxboro. For more infor- mation on these events or how to make a donation visit their website at New Age Comedy ... The Improv Invitational unites ImprovBoston's most tal- ented improvisers for a month of hilarious, bound- ary-pushing comedy shows. This showcase of Improv- Boston's resident casts pushes veteran comedians outside their comfort zones, sparks cross-cast alliances and celebrates a single shared goal, to bring the laughs. New England's premier comedy theater, Improv- Boston houses an impres- sive 102 seasoned perform- ers across 11 resident casts that together perform five nights a week. For the first time in the theater's thirty- year history, the Invita- tional brings all its home teams together including and socialites like: Yolanda : collection brought boid styles : Main-stage,  the National Cellucci, Denise Dunbar, with perfec t pops of acces- Touring Company, Family Erica Corsano, Marjqrie;: sory color to the show from  Show, Face Off, rand Harold Clapprood and Chris SIMn- azzola just to name a few. The evening started out. with event emcees Kim Khazei and Adam WilliamS from WHGH-TV Channel 7 News introducing a heart- warming video of patients and their struggle to survive all while showing a smile. The perfectly placed rows and rows of glitterati in attendance were in tears by the end of the recording. As it always can; fashion brightened the vibe back up and the first designs to hit the runway were by one of Boston's staples in the industry, Denise Hajjar. Her line was a classic business style with an expected color- ful appeal. Following was, fashionista herself Amber Lu who hit the catwalk in a Liberate Apparel.After was Candice Wu with her cat- walk couture, whe]:e you can always expect the best from her styles that express a funky feel and high-end cuts. Man of the evening and closer of the show was the one and only David Josef. His collection is known for time- less beauty for women of all ages and that night the strongest of women, cancer survivors. The show was full of energy with so many emo- tions. Every time a survivor stepped out to walk the runway the guests were on their feet cheering with tears of admiration. The event raised over $22,000 and left so many feeling hope, pride and wanting more. How lucky they all Night ensembles. Each cast has mastered a unique improvisational skill set and the Invitational  combines energy and spontaneity for four nights of unforgettable comedy. The Invitational comes from the mind of Improv- Boston Artistic Director, Mike Descoteaux, who was looking for a way to unite casts and challenge the boundaries of comedy. Descoteaux shares, "the Invitational is a celebration of the collaborative, bound- I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617} 263-7766 The BMC Cancer event brought so many of the Hub finest together yet it was the survivor/surgical oncologist, Maureen Kavanah, MD (pictured above) that had guests in tears of joy. (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) less spirit of inprovisation. Audiences will have a rare opportunity to witness the best improvisers in New England performing together for the first -- and possibly last -- time in a four-night cross-cast event that's kind of like the MLB All-Star game of improv." The Improv Invitational takes place on Fridays at 10:00 pm from July II ta to August I st at Improv- Boston's main theater on 40 Prospect Street in Central Square Cambridge. Tickets are available online at or by calling 617-576-1253. Outdoor Entertainment... Berklee presents free Sum- mer concerts at Georges Island on July 12 ta, 26 th, August 9 m, 23 , and 30% folk, Latin, and more. Each concert features three art- ists performing back-to- back, so all that's needed to enjoy an afternoon of music on the island is a ferry ticket. Saturday, July 12 ta at 1:00 pm -- Meredith Snyder is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a smooth vocal blend of folk and jazz. She explores a spectrum of styles, influ- enced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, St. Vincent, and Fiona Apple. Snyder re- cently released her first EP titled Beginning. At 2:00 pm -- With roots in Celtic and bluegrass, Cat and the Moon blend tradi- tional and modern, acoustic and electric, to create an exciting and original new Berklee College of Music, sound medvith techni- Boston Harbor Is'and Alli-cal prov, tIs five-piece ance, and the Boston Harbor band from Boston has been National Park have joined performing publicly since forces again to bring up-and- 2013. coming Berklee students At 3:00 pm --;. Nikolas d :alumni=to historic Fort Metaxas writeswith the lyri- warren 0nGeorges Island cad setting Of Nick'Drake and for free live performances of pop, R&B, bluegrass, roots, (Continued on Page 13) Real Estate Maff6oGalk) Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA02] ]3 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530