Dinnerfest 2010

By Cassandra Bent

The Boston Living Center’s annual “Dinnerfest” Kickoff party was held February 28, 2010. The longest running fundraiser, “Dinnerfest” has been bringing supporters together for 20 years.

What started off as small gatherings in homes has turned into a large restaurant hosted event. This year, over 80 restaurants donated meals to be auctioned off, including some of Boston’s top restaurants.

According to Communications Coordinator Morrigan Phillips, “BLC is where people come together to share a meal together.” In this same fashion, “Dinnerfest” is held to bring supporters together to share a meal with other supporters. Over 100 people attended the Kickoff party this year.

When the fundraiser first began, people would host dinners at their homes and supporters donated money to have a seat. As the fundraiser gained popularity it became too big to host in a home. This year, “Dinnerfest” was held at Vlora Restaurant, on Boylston St. in Boston.

What makes “Dinnerfest” different than other auctions is that people bid on the meals restaurants have donated, and then they host a dinner at that particular restaurant. Each person who attends the dinner pays the amount that was bid to have a seat.

“Dinnerfest” this year included a silent auction as well as a live auction hosted by radio personality and TV host Billy Costa. Costa, a Kiss 108 FM news and entertainment reporter, also reviews restaurants all over New England. As part of the live auction, Costa auctioned off a chance to be on his NECN TV show, “TV Diner”.

A fun and successful night, “Dinnerfest ‘10” continued the tradition of bringing people together to share a meal.

To view pictures from the event, visit the Boston Living Center “Dinnerfest 2010!” photo gallery.

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