This past weekend I was invited by my good friend to attend a Red Carpet Gala/ Academy Awards Screening hosted by The Ellie Fund. A non-profit organization, The Ellie Fund helps hundreds of women across Massachusetts each year with everyday things (transportation to and from medical appointments, prepared/delivered meals free of charge etc) that may otherwise be a strain during their cancer battle.
(Click the link to learn more or see how you can help!)
It was at the beautiful Copley Plaza Hotel
(future wedding venue??) and was catered by some of the best restaurants in Boston.
There were Oysters from Island Creek Oyster Bar, a beautiful deli arrangement on each table by Moody’s Deli, and many other delicious bits and bites
(I had foie gras and steak tartare for the first time) from places such as Citizen Public House, Bostonia Public House, and Smith and Wollensky.
The dresses and decorations were magnificent. It was almost intimidating and overwhelming, but it was also motivating and inspiring. During the auction for things such as a trip to the Amalfi Coast, or season tickets to the Patriots games, it looked like a scene out of The Purge: Anarchy to me; a bunch of rich people sitting around throwing their money around to show their status etc.
But then I took a step back and had a sense of admiration for many of the people in the room. They were bidding for these things not only for their own enjoyment, but to support a great organization such as the Ellie Fund. I have never personally dealt with someone in my family, or a close friend, having to suffer from a disease such as cancer, but I am an empathetic person. I can only imagine the grief families face everyday when they are told their mother, father, grand-father etc has cancer and their time on this earth may be cut way shorter than they had imagined.
The night ended with a viewing of the Oscars while sipping on a glass of red wine and another of champagne. Enjoying the company of my friend, and the musical flawlessness that is John Legend and Lady Gaga….
….Overall I was inspired and thankful.