More than 200 Greater Boston leaders in business and philanthropy turned out Thursday, May 2 to sample the creations of the area’s most celebrated chefs at Rosie’s Place’s annual spring fundraiser at Fenway Park. Along with gourmet offerings from an array of top restaurants, plus beautiful centerpieces graciously donated by event chair Winston Flowers, the Safe and Sound Gala featured a silent and live auction – led by event emcee Susan Wornick of WCVB Channel 5 – that raised $400,000 to underwrite free services for poor and homeless women at Rosie’s Place. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding.
Local chefs donating their services were Antonio Bettencourt of 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Stephen W. Brown of Davio’s, Tim Cushman of O Ya, Mary Dumont of Harvest, Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel, Amelia Lenci, Rosie’s Place, Jay Murray of Grill 23 & Bar, Rebecca Newell of The Beehive,David Punch of Ten Tables Cambridge, and Michael Schlow of Barrio Cantina.
Winning bidders went home with packages including 25 Green Monster tickets to a Red Sox v. Yankees game, exclusive experiences on-set at Parks and Recreation, Glee, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and VIP seats to the Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concert at Fenway Park.