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, , r POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 25, 2011 Page 5 " NEMPAC's Hoot & Howl Provided a HOWLIN Great Time/ Filippo with NEMPAC Board Member Chad Wolfson. NEMPAC held their first ever Halloween themed fund- raiser on Friday, October 28 m at a packed Filippo's Restau- rant on Causeway Street. NEMPAC's Hoot & Howl pro- vided a HOWLIN great time! The evening included a fabulous meal, live music and dancing, a silent auction and the best ever Halloween Celebrity Judge Northendwaterfront.com ' s Matt Conti costume contest with celeb- rity judges: State Repre- sentaive Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, North End Branch Children's Librarian Miss Jennifer, BPS Eliot School Principal Traci Walker Griffith, NorthEnd Waterfront.corn's Matt Conti and Bobby from Polcari's. Costume categories and winners were: Best North End Theme -- Jodi Piazza as Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca. Best Couple -- Pat and Marcia Gookin as John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Best Humor -- Dave Griffin as Red Sox Pitcher Jon Lackey. Fairest of Them All -- Amanda Mendoza as Pink from Grease. Spookiest -- Patrick McMahon as The Grim Reaper. People's Choice -- Lauren Nelson as Sally from Night- mare before Christmas. Alba of Alba's Produce The live music lineup in- cluded NEMPAC's instruc- tors Chris Schroeder on trumpet, Jeremy Sarzana on guitar along with Suffolk University work study stu- dent Brian Bernhard. The headlining band was jam packed with local celebrities and characters: Alba from Alba's Produce on drums, Jeremy Sarzana, NEMPAC's guitar instructor, Mark Petrigno from the Connah Store, Sandro Carella from Crosstown, John Gray also on drums, and Bobby Eustace from Polcari's as lead singer. Bobby surprised everyone with his outstand- ing stage presence. Impromtu performances were given by NEMPAC's own Vocal In- structor and Private Music Instruction Coordinator, BOSTON CHILDREN'S Sacred Heart Church 12 North Square December 4, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Ticket Donation $10.00 Concert wiifbe folk=wed by a Christmas Party at Saint John's Hall Sponsored by GeraldandLinda Riccio Sherri Snow, NEMPAC's Emily Trask and Courtney LaFlamme, and a very tall mermaid -- no one really knew who she was, or where she came from, but she could sing. The silent auction boasted great prizes including a 2011 playoff game used signed hockey stick from our friend and neighbor Andrew Ference; a 1928 seat from the Boston Garden, donated by Filippo; a framed photo of the lucky winner with Filippo to be hung in the res- taurant forever more; over- night stays at the Fairmont Battery Wharf and The Lib- erty Hotel; gift certificates to Chuan Body + Soul Health Club and Spa located at The Langham, Boston; Exhale Spa; Vinoteca di Monica; Neptune Oyster; Modern Celebrity Judge and Eliot School Principal Traci Walker Griffith (left) with contestant. Pastry; Sedurre; Salumeria Italiana; Pizzeria Regina; Golden Goose; Verve Yoga; Lulu's; Mike's Pastry; Shake the Tree; Mercato Del Mare; Sunflower Candles; North Street Grille; In Jeanius; Voile Nolle; 1-800-Flowers; Matter of Face; The Stylish Eye; Twilight; NEBO; Boston Ballet tickets; Bruins tick- ets; New England Aquarium tickets; carousel rides on the Greenway; a personal four-hour boat cruise for four around the Harbor; a Mon- key Joe's birthday party package; a Polcari's gift basket; a private tour of the Old North Church and a Nazzaro Center birthday party complete with party planning help. The amount and level of community support is amazing. THANK YOU to all the friends and neighbors who contrib- uted donations to support NEMPAC's event. Proceeds from NEMPAC's Hoot and Howl will support programs and operations. Donations are still being accepted on our website: www. nempacboston, org. Because of the support of those contributing and at- tending the Hoot and Howl (Photos by Monika Bach Photography) fundraiser, NEMPAC is able to offer neighborhood events, kids music and arts pro- gramming, our film festivals and stage productions, as well as low cost music in- struction to the greater North End community. Big plans are underway for a "Jingle Jam Night with Jeremy" with Bobby and hopefully others. This will be an informal jam night with some holiday tunes rock and roll-ized, during which you can jump in and play along -- whether you are a trained musician, or a budding rock star with no experience whatsoever. De- tails are being finalized and will be available soon. NEMPAC's mission is to provide affordable arts re- lated programming to the North End/Waterfront and surrounding communities. Visit NEMPAC's website for upcoming events and offer- ings: www.nempacboston.org. Jim and Jane Connelly. CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING ITALIAN STYLE! 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