Talk about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Back on My Feet—a national nonprofit that combats homelessness through an innovative program combining running, group support and employment and housing services—celebrated its gala at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
The party began with cocktails and continued with a dinner program emceed by comedian Jimmy Tingle and honoring volunteer and radio personality Sue Brady Hartigan. However, the evening’s real star—and the best feel-good story of any charity event in recent memory—was co-honoree Norma Heath, whose experience with the organization helped her go from a life of homelessness, substance abuse and prostitution to graduating from Harvard last May.
There to cheer her on were such friends and fans as WBZ babe Lisa Hughes, fashion designer David Josef and his handsome husband, Danny Forrester, Dress for Success co-founder Nancy Schneider, Hartigan’s super-hot husband, Craig, tech guru David Cutler, jewelry designer extraordinaire Pattee Lebner, blond beauties Courtney Forrester and Elena Matlack, the super-suave Glenn Kelley, dashing marathoner Wayne Levy, and a therapist who did a telephone consult in the handicapped stall of the men’s room.
“I bought this dress for 12 bucks at Target,” said one guest. “If you have a match, it’s going up in flames.”
However, the evening’s best line came from the man who told a female friend who was threatening to slip off her pumps, “If drag queens can wear heels all night, so can you.” ◆
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