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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 21,2014 J It was the most sparkling event of the year, YOLANDA'S GLITZ GALA, a combination birthday/fundraiser that gen- erated more than $I00,000 for 4 local area charities; The Waltham Rotary Club, The Waltham Boys & Girls Club, Reagle Music Theatre and Maristhill Rehabilita- tion & Nursing Center. If you didn't attend, here's what you missed ... The contemporary glass- walled cafeteria of Waltham's Dassault Systemes was com- pletely transformed by light- ing and sound (provided by High Output) into a dra- matic theatrical venue. Tom Dusel, CO0 of Hobbs Brook Management, graciously do- nated the venue as well as the bountiful gourmet hors d'oeuvres. There was even an ice luge serving up the drink of the evening, a Yolanda-tiniI Donated by Gor- don Liquors of Waltham. Yolanda looked resplen- dent in a custom gown cre- ated by her daughter, crys- tal couture designer Sondra Celli and featuring a match- ing headpiece with white ostrich plumes. The mer- maid style dress of white silk Duchess Satin accented with gold jewelry and Swarovski crystals stood out among the black tie/black dress attired crowd. Radio's effervescent per- sonality, Candy O'Terry of MAGIC 106.7 and actor/co- median Lenny Clarke teamed up to host the event and kept the entertainment and sur- prises moving along. They were a brilliant team. Elvis was in the house in the form of Singer/Impres- sionist, Joey Canzano {"The Man of Many Voices") who also channeled Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, % and Bobby Darin. Not to be outdone, her im- perial majesty, drag enter- tainer, Verna Turbulence performed a turbo charged lip sync to Shirley Bassey's rendition of, "Let's Get this Party Started". Fully made up and wearing "heaven high" hair and heels, she had the crowd roaring. A dear friend of Yolanda's, Susan Wornick, who re- cently stepped down from the anchor desk at WCVB after 34 years, acted as celebrity auctioneer. With her sea- soned and sassy wit, Susan had auction paddles pump- ing all night long. Between the silent and live auctions, many items were snatched up including a Tom Brady jersey autographed by the New England Patriots star quarterback and, a 14 karat yellow gold, 5 carat diamond tennis braceiet, donated by Marcou Jewelers and valued at $5,000 was raffled off. ' At one point during the evening's festivities a surprise video birthday greeting direct from HollShvood, California played. It featured Haverhill native and current host of the #1 TV Show in America, "Dancing with the Stars" host, Tom Bergeron. Yolanda was a frequent and favorite guest on Tom's WBZ-TV show, "People Are Talking". The program had its poi- gnant moments when mem- bers of Yolanda's family toasted her including Yolanda's husband of 58 years, Dan Cellucci, daughters Linda Cole and Sondra Celli and grandkids Milan and Dimitri. Yolanda was also pre- sented with a Golden Eagle Award, a Paul Harris Award - which is the highest award you can get from Rotary In- ternational and named in Franco DiBenedetto, Anthony Perrone, Jerry Azzarone and Richard Settipane George Montilio, Yolanda, Lenny Clarke and Joey Canzano during the unveiling of the cake. Yolanda and Family - Grandson Dimitri Petrosian, Daughter Sondra Celli, Yolanda, Danny, Daughter Linda Petrosian, Granddaughter Milan Demerjian, Sebuh Petrosian honor of the founder of Ro- tary for service above and beyond, plus Maristhill re- vealed that a future wing will be named after Yolanda's mother, Mary DiDuca, who spent the last years of her life as a resident of Maristhill. Many notables were in at- tendance such as Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, Lieutenant Governor Elect, Karyn Polito, folmer WCVB- TV reporter, Gail Huff (wife of former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown) and others. Perhaps the biggest sur- prise of the night was the extraordinary cake pre- sented by George Montilio of Montilio's Bakery. It was a life-sized confection of the Goddess of Glitz and Glam- our herself, Yolanda! Stand- ing close to 6 feet tall, weigh- ing almost 200 pounds, the elaborate cake took 60 hours to make and four men to deliver. We're sorry if you missed Yolanda's Glitz Gala but en- joy the photos! Candy O'Terry of MAGIC 106.7 Lt. Governor-Elect Kayrn and Barbara Summa Billy Wirta, Pam Donnaruma, Dee Perrone, Linda Wirta, Luciano Graffeo. Seated: Vin and Paula Santosuosso Bob Marcou, Yolanda and Maria Sheehan Annette Luongo, Margie Cahn, Dean Saluti and Marie D'Eramo (Photos by Ross Photographer and David Fox) The Hardworking Committee Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 21,2014 J It was the most sparkling event of the year, YOLANDA'S GLITZ GALA, a combination birthday/fundraiser that gen- erated more than $I00,000 for 4 local area charities; The Waltham Rotary Club, The Waltham Boys & Girls Club, Reagle Music Theatre and Maristhill Rehabilita- tion & Nursing Center. If you didn't attend, here's what you missed ... The contemporary glass- walled cafeteria of Waltham's Dassault Systemes was com- pletely transformed by light- ing and sound (provided by High Output) into a dra- matic theatrical venue. Tom Dusel, CO0 of Hobbs Brook Management, graciously do- nated the venue as well as the bountiful gourmet hors d'oeuvres. There was even an ice luge serving up the drink of the evening, a Yolanda-tiniI Donated by Gor- don Liquors of Waltham. Yolanda looked resplen- dent in a custom gown cre- ated by her daughter, crys- tal couture designer Sondra Celli and featuring a match- ing headpiece with white ostrich plumes. The mer- maid style dress of white silk Duchess Satin accented with gold jewelry and Swarovski crystals stood out among the black tie/black dress attired crowd. Radio's effervescent per- sonality, Candy O'Terry of MAGIC 106.7 and actor/co- median Lenny Clarke teamed up to host the event and kept the entertainment and sur- prises moving along. They were a brilliant team. Elvis was in the house in the form of Singer/Impres- sionist, Joey Canzano {"The Man of Many Voices") who also channeled Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, % and Bobby Darin. Not to be outdone, her im- perial majesty, drag enter- tainer, Verna Turbulence performed a turbo charged lip sync to Shirley Bassey's rendition of, "Let's Get this Party Started". Fully made up and wearing "heaven high" hair and heels, she had the crowd roaring. A dear friend of Yolanda's, Susan Wornick, who re- cently stepped down from the anchor desk at WCVB after 34 years, acted as celebrity auctioneer. With her sea- soned and sassy wit, Susan had auction paddles pump- ing all night long. Between the silent and live auctions, many items were snatched up including a Tom Brady jersey autographed by the New England Patriots star quarterback and, a 14 karat yellow gold, 5 carat diamond tennis braceiet, donated by Marcou Jewelers and valued at $5,000 was raffled off. ' At one point during the evening's festivities a surprise video birthday greeting direct from HollShvood, California played. It featured Haverhill native and current host of the #1 TV Show in America, "Dancing with the Stars" host, Tom Bergeron. Yolanda was a frequent and favorite guest on Tom's WBZ-TV show, "People Are Talking". The program had its poi- gnant moments when mem- bers of Yolanda's family toasted her including Yolanda's husband of 58 years, Dan Cellucci, daughters Linda Cole and Sondra Celli and grandkids Milan and Dimitri. Yolanda was also pre- sented with a Golden Eagle Award, a Paul Harris Award - which is the highest award you can get from Rotary In- ternational and named in Franco DiBenedetto, Anthony Perrone, Jerry Azzarone and Richard Settipane George Montilio, Yolanda, Lenny Clarke and Joey Canzano during the unveiling of the cake. Yolanda and Family - Grandson Dimitri Petrosian, Daughter Sondra Celli, Yolanda, Danny, Daughter Linda Petrosian, Granddaughter Milan Demerjian, Sebuh Petrosian honor of the founder of Ro- tary for service above and beyond, plus Maristhill re- vealed that a future wing will be named after Yolanda's mother, Mary DiDuca, who spent the last years of her life as a resident of Maristhill. Many notables were in at- tendance such as Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, Lieutenant Governor Elect, Karyn Polito, folmer WCVB- TV reporter, Gail Huff (wife of former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown) and others. Perhaps the biggest sur- prise of the night was the extraordinary cake pre- sented by George Montilio of Montilio's Bakery. It was a life-sized confection of the Goddess of Glitz and Glam- our herself, Yolanda! Stand- ing close to 6 feet tall, weigh- ing almost 200 pounds, the elaborate cake took 60 hours to make and four men to deliver. We're sorry if you missed Yolanda's Glitz Gala but en- joy the photos! Candy O'Terry of MAGIC 106.7 Lt. Governor-Elect Kayrn and Barbara Summa Billy Wirta, Pam Donnaruma, Dee Perrone, Linda Wirta, Luciano Graffeo. Seated: Vin and Paula Santosuosso Bob Marcou, Yolanda and Maria Sheehan Annette Luongo, Margie Cahn, Dean Saluti and Marie D'Eramo (Photos by Ross Photographer and David Fox) The Hardworking Committee