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If you have been reading this blog for a couple of years or know me in real life, you know that The ALLY Foundation, my Boston Marathon charity in 2010 and 2012, is near and dear to my heart. I believe strongly in the work they do to prevent sexual violence, and the people behind the foundation are just fabulous.

The ALLY Foundation is once again hosting its annual gala this year on November 16.  Like their annual Flip Flop Regatta, the gala promises to be one of the best charity events and parties of the year. If you want a fun night out for a great cause before all of the holidays busy-ness starts, definitely consider supporting this gala and The ALLY Foundation.

ALLY Foundation Gala

The event will be held at the fabulous Boston Harbor Wharf Room on Saturday, November 16th, 7-11 pm. Enjoy an amazing night with live entertainment from the nationally known First Class Band, an ALLY Foundation presentation, delicious Hors d’oeuvres and Buffet, amazing Silent and Live Auctions, Spirit Wall and MORE!

For more information, to become a sponsor and to purchase tickets please visit .  Tickets purchased before November 1st are available at the early bird price of $150, or after November 1st for $200 a ticket.

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A quick Friday hello to tell you about an upcoming event that promises to be full of delicious food and fun, all for a great cause. The ALLY Foundation, the organization I have run two Boston Marathons for (2010 and 2012) is hosting its Grand Gala on December 1 at the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel.

I will visiting family in Europe, but, as part of the ambassador committee for the event, would love if you could let anyone and everyone who might be interested know about it.

We’re also seeking donations of interesting, unique, and fabulous wines and spirits for the interactive Spirit Wall. If you can help, please send me an email.

Happy Friday, and thanks for reading!

The ALLY Foundation

A GRAND Gala presented December 1, 2012

Fundraiser for the ALLY Institute at RAND.

On December 1st, 2012 The ALLY Foundation will present “A GRAND Gala” at The Boston Harbor Hotel Wharf Room located on scenic Rowes Wharf in Boston. From 7pm – 11pm revelers will celebrate and help raise funds for the innovative ALLY Institute at RAND, set to launch in October 2013.

The ALLY Institute at RAND will be a critical advancement in the field of public health and human safety and the prevention of sexual violence.

The Gala will include an array of amazing delicacies courtesy of the Boston Harbor Hotel’s world renowned chef, Daniel Bruce. Mr. Bruce has been honored twice as one of the "Best Hotel Chefs in America" at the James Beard House, and Bruce’s Meritage restaurant located in the Hotel is one of few Forbes Four Star restaurants in Boston. The event will also include exciting Silent and Live auction items, a surprising and interactive “Spirit Wall" and phenomenal musical entertainment.

About The ALLY Institute at Rand

A recent milestone achievement, The ALLY Foundation has partnered with the RAND Corporation—one of the nation’s leading research institutions dedicated to conducting evidence-based research to inform public policy. The ALLY Institute at RAND will provide a single source on relevant research found in disparate sources.  The ALLY Institute will be a critical advancement in the field of public health and human safety and the prevention of sexual violence.

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Happy Friday, everyone! Before I head off for a weekend of relaxation, I wanted to share some offers that Gilt City Boston has running. 10% of the below go to           Lovin’ Spoonfuls Food Rescue, an organization doing some incredible work saving food that would otherwise go to waste and using it to feed hungry people in Boston.

You can’t go wrong with The Hawthorne or a luxurious hair treatment at Grettacole, with some of the proceeds going to such a good cause! Gilt has more exciting offers to come next week, so stay tuned.

Have a great weekend!



The Hawthorne – Dinner for 2, $90 includes the following:

  • One cocktail trio per guest paired with a trio of small bites per guest, all selected by the chef and mixologist
  • One hearty dish paired with one beer, glass of wine or cocktail per person
  • Dessert to share, paired with an after-dinner drink to share


About The Hawthorne

Recognized as one of Boston’s top destinations for craft cocktails, The Hawthorne is the newest home of master mixologist Jackson Cannon, whose work at Eastern Standard received praise from Esquire, GQ, USA Today and more. The Hawthorne offers aficionados elegant concoctions, served in a warm, cozy space that feels more like a friend’s living room than a bar.

Grettacole $55 , includes the following:

  • One-hour deep conditioning caviar treatment
  • Blow-out

About Grettacole

Each of Grettacole’s locations—Atrium Mall, Wellesley Center and the Westin Copley Place—provides the perfect setting for glamorizing haircuts and highlights, purifying facials and tension-busting massages. Featured in The Knot and named to’s A-List for “Best Highlights” and “Best Massage,” this oasis of pampering has become a Boston mainstay for beauty.
Owner and renowned style expert Gretta Monahan is a regular on the “Rachael Ray Show,” and her beauty and fashion advice has been featured in W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and many other glossies. The stylists and aestheticians on her team customize the treatments for every client using only the best products, from brands like Kérastase, Bumble and bumble, Trish McEvoy and more.

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