Masking Around

70 is the New Toddler

(Top Left: Harley Bilzerian and Eliza Dushku at Unmask Cancer; Top Middle: Zach Hagopian and Jon Kazarian at Unmask Cancer; Top Right: Be and Alan Bilzerian at Unmask Cancer; Bottom Left: Tufts University’s Spirit of Color dance troupe at Unmask Cancer; Bottom Right: Jessica Janiak, Harley Bilzerian and Tracy Alumbaugh at Unmask Cancer)

The fashionistas and hedge fund hotties were out in full force for Unmask Cancer, a fundraiser for Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund presented by the Mandarin Oriental and held at the Seaport hotspot District Hall. For any guest who neglected to wear a mask, there was a face painter of exceptional talent, and for anyone who enjoys automotive porn, there was the latest tricked-out Maserati parked out front.

Inside were Hollywood homegirl Eliza Dushku (looking spectacular in a flowy dress and feathered mask), her bestie, Newbury Street threads peddler Harley Bilzerian with her parents, Alan and Be, the sickeningly gorgeous Tracy Alumbaugh, Fox 25 meteorologist Sarah Wroblewski with her other half, Bobby Lyons, and co-chairs Marissa and Scott Carmel, along with equally sparkling others.

A performance oddly reminiscent of Mummenschanz was followed by dancing into the wee hours, and by midnight none of the 260 attendees seemed to be feeling any pain. They did manage to raise north of $200,000, though, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The evening’s funniest remark: “I’ll be 70 soon, and it really doesn’t bother me, as long as I know there’ll be somebody there to sponge up the drool.”


Fund. Joey Fund.

(Top Left: Kathy and Joe O’Donnell at the Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere; Top Right: Joe, Kate, Kathy and Casey O’Donnell and Michael Buckley at the Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere; Bottom Left: Kristina and Patrick Lyons, Joe O’Donnell and Wyatt Lyons at the Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere; Bottom Right: Kelly, Molly and Katie Lynch at the Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere)

The Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere is always an excellent time, but when there’s a new Bond movie coming out, it’s especially exciting. The Joey Fund’s 31st annual gala, which features dinner and drinks followed by the premiere of a blockbuster, gave guests the bragging rights of seeing the new 007 flick, Spectre, before anyone but the critics.

The evening began in the Neiman Marcus court at the Natick Mall with free-flowing bubbly and booze, plus food from restaurants such as Alta Strada, Grill 23, Kowloon and Trade.

Spotted grazing among the gliterrati: the event’s founder, concessions king Joe O’Donnell and his flawless wife, Kathy, hospitality magnate Patrick Lyons with the magical Kristina and the alarmingly fast-growing Wyatt, Babson College president Kerry Healey (looking smashing in lilac with a dazzling vintage amethyst necklace), Playbill publisher Tim Montgomery and the lovely Rita Fucillo, theatrical impresarios Bill Hanney and Karen Nascembeni, the uber-lovable Linda Matzkin and her legal eagle husband, Joe, tech guru Bob Davis, laugh riot Kate Lubin and her other half, Glendon Sutton, at least one of the Phantom Gourmet Andelmans, and a man who was mistaken for someone else and said, “I never mind getting confused for someone younger, taller and better looking than me.”

Guests were shuttled to the AMC theater for the show, where they were treated to complimentary movie snacks, and the evening raised more than a million dollars to battle cystic fibrosis. Not bad for dinner and a movie.

Breast Men

(Lori van Dam, John Barstow, Patrick Bradley, Vinny Liuzzi, Anthony Carlino, Tom Majeski, Patrick Blake, Chad Tinti, Paul Chella and Catie Fauvelle at the Pink Tie Guys fundraiser)

Massachusetts is a leader in a lot of things, but unfortunately, one of them is that it has the second highest incidence of breast cancer in the country. That’s why yours truly joined Susan G. Komen Massachusetts for its inaugural Pink Tie Guys fundraiser, held at the super-swanky Algonquin Club in Back Bay.

Gathered in the library overlooking Comm. Ave. were the auspicious likes of Lexus kingpin Vinny Liuzzi, the unsinkable Tracy Curley and her husband, Brad, interim CEO Lori van Dam, lovable publicist Adam Klein, the evening’s answers to Vanna White—Lindsay McGloughlin, Theresa Keresztes and Angela Diaz—board chair Christine George, development cutie Catie Fauvelle and one pair of gentlemen who were probably the first in the club’s 130-year history to earnestly discuss the legalization of marijuana within its hand-tooled leather walls.

Meanwhile, one of the items in the silent auction included tickets to the Aquarium, F-1 racing, a whale watch and laser tag, which one guest described as “the perfect first date for a couple with severe ADD.” But the funniest remark came from the man who saw the tickets to an Air Supply concert at Twin River Casino and said, “How much can I pay not to win that?”

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