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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 5, 2014 i: .... Lom00 d . s00=1963 Over 40 Years Serving Those in Need on Thanksgiving00 , , Michael S. Dukakis Receives "Olmsted A wardof Excellence" and Park Dedication at ,the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's "An Emerald Evening" Gala ENC Board of Directors chair Ben Taylor and Courtney Forrester Kitty and Mike Dukakis The Avrus family, Gene, Jodi and David of Randolph, have been volunteering as a family every Thanksgiving at Lombardo's since 2005. Commette, of Hyde Park, carrying turkey dinners to the guests. Lombardo's in Randolph served 700 local seniors and homeless a traditional Thanksgiving dinner com- plete with music and danc- ing. This Thanksgiving marks the 43 rd anniversary of the annual dinner. Tickets were sent to local senior centers and Salvation Army facilities in the greater Boston area and South Shore. The Lombardo family, along with their staff and over 125 volunteers, facili- tated the setup, food prepa- ration and service. As of 7:00 am, the Randolph Fire Department was preparing in the kitchen with Executive Chef, Eric Caron. Over 125 volunteers continued to arrive in the early morning of the holiday to help with the setup before guests arrive. The tradition included a four course Thanksgiving meal followed by festive music and danc- ing. David Lombardo, gen- eral manager of Lombardo's, told us *This year was a great success. We are hon- ored to have hundreds of members of our community here with us on Thanksgiv- ing. We had a great volun- teer turnout as well which none of this would be pos- sible without." This year, Chef Caron's new menu was a huge success. Save hme, TrouHe anc V/orrq ... Have Spinelli's Cater Your Holiday Parties Spi.,+lli's lavioli & lasl,++ Shop I + Ring in the New Year at 282 Be.ninqton Street, Easl Boston Ielephone (517-567-1992 Fax 617-567-5,.150 + www.s p, rrel U sico nl SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACIUTY Lynnfield Call for reservations t rk 781-592-6400 Honorary chair Malcolm Rogers and Com- Parks Dept. commissioner Chris Cook mittee member George Behrakis and ENC President Julie Crockford. Clean Harbors Development president Bill Cleary, "An Emerald Evening" co-chair Jamie Hoyte (he was Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs, 1983-88}, and Marianne Connolly. (Photos by Roger Farrington) The Emerald Necklace Conservancy honored Michael S. Dukakis at "An Emerald Evening" a benefit held Wednesday evening, November 19 m, at the Mu- seum of Fine Arts. Three hundred guests gathered in the Museum's Koch Gallery as Ben Taylor, Conservancy Board Chair, and Julie rockford, Conservancy . tented uka.K{"'E" the Olmsted Award of Excellence. The award is presented bienni- ally to an individual or orga- nization who demonstrates an unwavering determina- tion to carry out Frederick Law Olmsted's vision and commitment to urban parks. The evening's program in- cluded roasts and toasts of- fered by those near and dear to the Governor- Jamie Hoyte, Bill Geary and Betsy Shure Gross, to name a few, who served in the Govemor's administration -- and a special announcement by Erin Gallentine, Brookline's Director of Parks and Open Space that the Board of Se- lectmen voted to dedicate Riverway Park in Brookline, Massachusetts to Michael and Kitty Dukakis. She added that in support of the tribute, a plan for the dedi- cation area and park im- provements has been devel- oped (close to the Longwood MBTA entrance/Chapel Street Bridge area) that will include new shrubs and trees, benches, open lawn and a dedication monument. The dedication, she stated, was universally supported and was made with deep ap- preciation and gratitude for the Dukakis' commitment to the protection, preserva- tion and restoration of the Emerald Necklace and the Olmsted legacy in Massa- chusetts and in honor of their lifelong contributions to, and support of, the mag- nificent park and open space system in Brookline. River- way Park improvements for the dedication are planned for spring 2015 with a ribbon cutting and celebration event to follow. Honorary Chairs for "An Emerald Evening" were Gov- ernor Deval L. Patrick and First Lady Diane B. Patrick, Mayor Martin J. Welsh, Zeina and Dr. Joseph Aoun, Anne Hawley, and Malcolm Rogers. Lead sponsors were the Museum of Fine Arts, the John and Sonia Lingos Family Foundation and Wilmington Trust. About the Emerald Necklace Conservancy The Emerald Necklace Con- servancy is a private nonprofit organization that brings people together to renew, en- liven and advocate for the six Emerald Necklace parks de- signed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Our programs and projects reflect this mission and include: Parks restoration and maintenance; steward- ship and volunteer activities, : educational programs and tours; as well as special events in the parks. The Con- servancy builds strong part- nerships with the public sec- tor park owners, neighbor- hoods and individuals, and businesses and organizations in order to keep the Olmsted- designed Emerald Necklace parks healthy and vibrant for today and tomorrow. To learn more, please visit www. emeraldnecklace.org.