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Gala Laboure Reception on April 27
By Rick Winterson

     It’s still the best harbor view in Boston – the windows from the upstairs room at Anthony’s, that is.  Pier 4 is the locale for the 24th Annual Laboure Center Spring Reception and Auction.  The date is Thursday, April 27; the time, from 5:30 until 8 p.m.  The Catholic Charities’ Laboure Center is approaching a full century of service to South Boston and its residents.  It first opened its doors in 1907, as the Columbus Day Nursery.  It was founded by the Knights of Columbus, the Daughters of Charity, and a group of South Boston’s citizen’s.  Today, Laboure provides comprehensive health, education, and social services to 6,000 clients, including children, teens, families, elders, and many individuals.  One of Laboure’s best-known programs is the Visiting Nurse Service, but the Center also offers ten other major programs. 

     In addition to Anthony’s ambience and delicious refreshments, there’ll be a number of highly desirable auction items. The sports memorabilia include a framed, autographed Patriot’s jersey from Tedy Bruschi, who might be Boston’s favorite sports figure.   For the host and hostess with the mostest, bid on a wine tasting for 15 at your home. 

     There’s a three-day, all-inclusive stay for two at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, with gourmet meals, upscale spa facilities, and generous gift certificates for services.  Bid on four tickets to the Players Championship, along with luxury accommodations at Sawgrass, which was named the best golf resort in Florida by “Travel and Leisure”.

     The witty and highly experienced Dan Flynn is once again handling the auctioneer duties.  It’s a great evening of entertainment just watching him go to work.  Make him work for your bids - he’ll love the challenge.

     Laboure has arranged a silent auction as well.  Silent auction items comprise tickets to the Sox, the Bruins, the symphony, and many Boston theaters.  Art, dining, and things for the kids (wouldn’t they be thrilled to make a successful bid?) will be available. Or try tea at the Four Seasons – you don’t even have to lift your little finger when you pick up your teacup.

     Edward G. Casey has been selected to receive the 2006 Laboure Service Award at this year’s auction.  Casey has been a friend and benefactor of Laboure for many years.  He has served on its Development Committee and is an outspoken advocate for its mission.  In addition, he has brought countless hours of kindness and joy to the Adult Day Program through music, parties, and field trips.  His commitment to children and others of the most vulnerable in our society is renowned.

     Casey is currently the CFO of MASSA Products, after a long and successful career in finance.  He is in formation to become a Knight of Malta.  The Good Book says, “The Lord loves a cheerful giver”.  Edward Casey fulfills that scriptural passage very well.

     Laboure will also present a Special Recognition Award to the Guild of the Infant Savior.  The Guild is 100 years old this year.  It was formed at the behest of Archbishop John Williams in 1906 to support programs for children in need.  Laboure has often  been one of the many recipients of the Guild’s beneficence and good will.

     The Laboure Reception and Auction on Thursday, April 27, is a traditional “Southie time” you won’t want to miss.  For information and tickets, please call Judy Swanson at (617)464-8503. 



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