And the Winner Is…

Beantown tore a major page out of Tinseltown’s playbook when the Ellie Fund hosted its 22nd annual Red Carpet Gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza to watch the Academy Awards.

Joan Buchanan, Chris Buchanan and Gail Fine at the Red Carpet Gala

Complete with a red carpet, fashion commentary courtesy of everyone there, and a cocktail hour that made the most self-congratulatory four hours of television palatable, there were also delicious food stations prior to the seated portion of the evening, when the awards ceremony was simulcast in the ballroom.

Ben Simmoneau, Emily Riemer and Billy Costa at the Red Carpet Gala

Present and accounted for: the charity’s executive director Gail Fine and her dapper other half, Channel 5 GM Bill, beauty mogul Charla Jones, the stunning Karen Holmes Ward, restaurateur extraordinaire Tiffani Faison Walsh, the eternally sparkly Denise Dunbar and her dashing dude, Steve, party pair Donald Dallaire and David Handy, the drop-dead gorgeous Jessica Hennessy and her sizzling slice of beefcake, AJ Maini, the beyond smooth Dave Faddis, power couple Uzo and Erik Erlingsson, fashion plate Ashley Bernon, eternal ray of sunshine Elisha Daniels, Microsoft muckety muck Kate Shamon, silver-tongued emcee Billy Costa, arts booster Ellen Slaby, the unfairly attractive Christina and Ryan Pierce, the fairy godmother of real estate Sonja Salemi, force of nature Penny
, and the absurdly attractive
April Soderstrom and Ben Rawitz

Maria Stephanos and Ed Harding at the Red Carpet Gala

The evening’s best exchange: A woman announced to a friend that she was pregnant, to which the response was, “It was either that or you just had a boob job.” 

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