Photo Credit: Courtesy of Boston Medical Center
One of the most consistently eye-opening evenings in Boston is Boston Medical Center’s Food for Thought gala, held at the Mandarin Oriental to raise money for the hospital’s grow clinic, food pantry and pediatric partner programs.
Shmying around the cocktail reception were such sterling characters as board chair Martha Samuelson, the Karger twins, Paul and Wes, with their respective other halves, Melissa Lena and Ashley, party planner extraordinaire Linda Matzkin and her mensch of a husband, Joe, benevolent plutocrats Arthur Winn and Teddy Cutler, the latter’s gorgeous daughter-in-law, Randi, with husband Joel, freedom fighter Bonnie Berger and her silver fox, Merle, broadcasting goddesses Heather Unruh and Karen Holmes Ward, power couple Deb Goldberg and Michael Winter, investment badass Saul Pannell, the toothsome twosome of Mark Andrus and Alissa Napoleone, the two-person sitcom of Marjorie Clapprood and Chris Spinazzola, free spirit Willa Bodman and her main squeeze, Taylor, Chestnut Hillions Rachael Goldfarb and Mark Slovenkai, the delightful Molly Schoeck and her guy, Guy MacDonald, the comme il faut Mary Wolfson, latter-day Mother Teresa Deborah Frank and one guest who said, “None of my clothes fit. I need to either lose weight or switch to sweatpants.”
The gorgeous centerpieces at dinner were made from produce destined for the food pantry. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after the speeches, which included the announcement that the Grow Clinic will be carbon-neutral within two years. The evening’s funniest exchange: “I run into him all the time.”
“Not too hard, I hope. He’s a pretty big guy.”