This Week’s Best Boston Happenings: 6/26/15

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This week was certainly a busy one in Boston filled with fundraisers, film festivals and even a summer bacchanal. Here’s a look back at the week’s best events.

David Ortiz' Children's Fund
David Ortiz’ Children’s Fund

Photo Credit: David Ortiz’ Children’s Fund

On Monday, Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz showed his love for kids with his third annual David Ortiz Children’s Fund Gala held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The soiree’s attendees were able to meet Ortiz and other players, sip on Dominican cocktails, listen to live Latin music and enjoy a three-course dinner. Teammates Clay Buccholz and Pablo Sandoval also attended along with retired Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, comedian Lenny Clarke and Dropkick Murphy’s lead singer Ken Casey. Proceeds benefitted the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, in partnership with MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the World Pediatric Project, which provides critical pediatric healthcare to children in New England and the Dominican Republic.

Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival

Photo Credit: Nantucket Film Festival

The Nantucket Film Festival created by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart got started on Wednesday and is running now through Monday. The opening night film, The End of the Tour featuring Jesse Eisenberg, was written by Pulitzer-Prize winner Donald Margulies, who attended the event. The festival got its start in 1996 and has been attracting some of Hollywood’s biggest names to the island ever since. Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey and Glenn Close. One of the highlights this year is Golden Globe winner Robin Wright of Netflix’s House of Cards, who will sit down Sunday morning with Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss the show.

Plainridge Park Casino
Plainridge Park Casino

Photo Credit: Plainridge Park Casino

Massachusetts made history this week opening its first casino in Plainville. The $225 million racing and gaming facility, Plainridge Park Casino, opened to the public featuring 1,200 slot machines, video blackjack and poker. Dining facilities here include NFL legend Doug Flutie’s first venture into the restaurant industry (Flutie’s Sports Pub) and the more formal Slacks Oyster House and Grill.


Photo Credit: NEMPAC

Last night, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) hosted their opening night celebration. NEMPAC offers arts programs to North End residents featuring courses in every aspect of the arts, including music, drama and language studies for children and adults. The fundraiser was held at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel in Faneuil Hall. After the event, guests attended the La Boheme opera at the Boston Lyric After the event, parents and family members to attend an exclusive showing of the La Boheme opera at the Great Hall with VIP front row seating.


Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Photo Credit: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Young professionals came together last night at the Liberty Hotel to raise money for the New England Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America for the third annual A Night in White for the Cure. Guests were asked to wear white to show their support for finding the cure for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. The popular event, which is held each year to raise awareness of the disease, featured hors d’oeuvres, wine, live music, and auction items.

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel Boston
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel Boston

Photo Credit: Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel Boston

One of the biggest events in Boston was held last night at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. To celebrate the start of summer, the hotel hosted a five-course Summer Bacchanal dinner created by Executive Chef Laurent Poulain. The lobby was transformed into a high end garden party with diners seated at a long farmer’s table spanning the length of the lobby and enjoyed dishes paired with select wines.

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