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POST-GAZE'n'E, AUGUST 26, 2016 PAGE 9 l yh Anniversary Celebration for Friends of Christopher Columbus Park It was a special party in the park at the 15th Anniversary Celebration for Friends of Christopher Columbus Park on Tuesday night. U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Band performed as hundreds sat on the Great Lawn to enjoy the perfect summer evening in the park. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was on hand to congratulate the all-volunteer group while State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz proudly declared FOCCP as the BEST Friends group in Boston. Also taking part were State Senator Joe Boncore and Parks Commissioner Chris Cook. A highlight from the City and Parks Department were commemorative benches with plaques presented to FOCCP Presidents Dan Nuzzo and Joanne Hayes-Rines. It wouldn't be a birthday without cake, and there was plenty including a custom Trellis Birthday Cake from Hundreds gathered on the lawn for the 15th Birthday Celebration. U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Band. Modem Pastry and 500 Rose Garden Cupcakes from Lulu's Sweet Shoppe. Wow Balloons created a huge balloon flag structure that flew all night in the park. The Anniversary Celebration Committee was chaired by MaryGaye Grizwin with members Laura Benvenuto, Jeanne Brady, Francine Gannon, Joe Kelly, Jack McCarthy, Rita Pagliuca, Meredith Piscitelli, Patricia Sabbey and Marie Salvati. A special tribute was given to founding FOCCP members William Lee, Chris Fincham, Christopher Carbone, Victor Brogna, Francine Gannon, Ileen Gladstone, Susanne Lavoie, Arlene Lowenstein, Deborrah Calcagno, Danny Nuzzo, Anne Devlin Tagliaferro and Dr. Selma Rutenburg. Presentation of new benches for the park! (L-R) Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines, Past President Dan Nuzzo, Mayor Marty Walsh, Parks Chris Cook, Sen. Joe Boncore. Christopher Columbus Park cake complete with Chris, the Trellis and Fountain created by Modern Pastry. (Photos and story by Matt Conti,