“The Women’s Lunch Place is a safe, welcoming day community for all self-identified women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. The Women’s Lunch Place strives to meet guests’ most basic and immediate needs while coordinating and delivering critical support services designed to help women achieve greater stability and self-sufficiency whenever possible.
Sensitive to the many life traumas our guests have suffered, we strive to minimize further trauma by providing our guests with choices which lead to autonomy and self-determination. We respectfully encourage our guests to make positive changes in their circumstances, beginning with their health; however, we do not make demands, and accept each woman for where she is on her life’s journey. Our work is made possible by the kindness of private donations and dedicated volunteers.”
The aforementioned is the mission statement for the Women’s Lunch Place, at 65 Newbury Street, located on the corner of Berkeley and Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. I was fortunate enough, this past Friday evening, to join almost 500 people who attended the Women’s Lunch Place annual Spaghetti Dinner at Boston’s beautiful Fairmont Copley Plaza. This grand dame of Boston’s Back Bay could not have provided a more beautiful backdrop for this event. Guests were greeted in the Oval Room to wine, cocktails and elegant hors d’oeuvres, served white glove, by the very accommodating hotel banquet staff. We were soon escorted into the Grand Ballroom where we enjoyed Liz Brunner, former Channel 5 anchor, light up the room and act as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. There were speeches by major donors and fundraisers and by the Executive Director, Elizabeth Keeley, whose gratitude for the many involved with this worthwhile charity could not be measured.
But let’s get to the Spaghetti Dinner part of the evening. If I told you that the spaghetti, with available marinara with meatball sauce as well as the aromatic mushroom filled Alfredo Sauce were delicious, hot and tasty, and the grilled winter vegetables AND the succulent shrimp topped of the evening, it truly culminated when each server put a string-tied box from a bakery on our table. Of course, they plunked it down right in front of me!!! With curiosity getting the best of me, I opened the box to find dozens of mini cannolis for the table as well as a great selection of cookies for all. Everyone wiped their plates clean for a great cause!
With the live auction bringing in over $12,000, the night was a grand success gastronomically as well as monetarily. Plan on attending this event next Fall as you will enjoy meeting like-minded philanthropic Bostonians who realize that money has a responsibility to help those in need.
Please visit Womenslunchplace.org to find out more information about the Women’s Lunch Place and how you can help.
Albert Lynch is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Please visit Albert’s website at albertlynchrealestate.com or phone him at 646-620-9173 with any questions you may have about the Greater Boston real estate market.