Another successful event!

29 Dec

10402678_990668164327544_3404339521332105112_n (1)Wow how the time moves along, especially during the holiday season!  It was about three weeks ago that we held our 6th annual Rattlin’ event, and we can finally report that it was again a smashing success!  With the help of our bidders, we were able to raise $21,250 for the Globe Santa Fund!

Our thanks go all around, to the Bidders, the generous Donors, the seemingly tireless Staff at the Rattlesnake, those friends who volunteered to take care of the little-but-tricky jobs during the event, the Rollo Tomasi Quartet, the Bella Life Models, Jim Wells, Santa Claus, Jimmy Tingle, Bill Connolly, Brian Poe, and to Jay, Gordon and Tony Caz — our gracious hosts — for making the event an all around success.

We here in the Spirited Bostonians hope that you have all had a Merry Christmas, and that your holiday season has been full of fun, kindness and mirth!  Know that your generosity during our event has helped pass those same feelings and experiences on to families who may not have otherwise known them at this time of year.

Stay safe for New Years, stay warm this winter, and we’ll look for you next year for our 7th event down at the Rattlesnake!

Thanks!

One month to go!

2 Nov

Howdy folks!  We’ve started the one-month countdown before our 6th Annual Rattlin’ Around the Christmas Tree event on December 2nd.  Tickets this year will be available at the door for $40 per person, and checks should be made payable to the “Globe Santa Fund”.  We’ll have some great auction items, delicious food prepared by Brian Poe, Uri Abragimovich and the rest of the Rattlesnake staff, wonderful music by the Rollo Tomasi Quartet, celebrity bartenders, and more!

Please mark the date:  Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Rattlesnake Bar and Grill.  We hope to see you there!

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Save the date – December 2nd, 2015

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Success! and Thank-you!

4 Dec

The books are almost closed on the 5th Annual Rattlin’ Around the Christmas Tree event, and another success has been declared.  We’re tallying up what we’ve raised thanks to everyone’s generous donations and we will have some numbers to share shortly.  But as Jim Wells and Jimmy Tingle put it several times during the live auction last night, “It’s all for the kids”.  This is true, as the money raised will go to purchasing Christmas presents for underprivileged children in the Greater Boston area via the Globe Santa “elves”, if you will.

A huge THANK-YOU must go out to the owners and staff of the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill.  From Tony and Jay, to the chefs – Brian and Uri, to the bartenders and waitstaff, the night would not have gone off without your generosity, creativity and hard work, all done without question and with smiles!  Thank-you also Jim Wells, for your tireless talents during the Live event, and thanks to all of the celebrities who helped behind the bar — Joe Castiglione, Dan Shaugnessey, Eliot Tatelman, (forgive me if there are more — I’ll report back later if I left anyone out).  Thanks to Santa for spending so much time during his busiest season, thanks to Jimmy Tingle for making not one but two appearances!  Thank-you to the Rollo Tomasi Quartet, who sounded great and added a festive mood with their holiday jazz.  And thanks to the Bella Life Models and Dawn Mostow for bringing a touch of class, beauty and fun to our event — everyone looked stunning in their Dawnamatrix dresses!

The Spirited Bostonians will begin planning the 6th Annual event after the new year.  We are always looking for new ideas, new volunteers and new donors.  If you’d like to pitch in with any of the above, please contact us at spiritedbostonians@gmail.com.  We’d love to hear from you!  Until then, Merry Christmas, and thanks!

Tonight’s the night!

3 Dec

Well, it’s Wednesday around lunchtime and the Spirited Bostonians and their Elves are feverishly putting the bows on all of our tasks in preparation for the annual Rattlin’ Around the Christmas Tree event over at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill on Boylston St.  The doors open at 5:30pm and tickets can be purchased at the door for $20.  We’ll have both a Silent and Live auction, door prizes, a Lotto Board, and delicious food and drinks.  We hope to see you tonight!

One week to go!

26 Nov

Hey folks,
We’re down to the wire now with only one week until next Wednesday, December 3rd. You probably already know that the doors open at 5:30 at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill, which is located down on Boylston St near Arlington St and the Boston Common. You probably know that the $20 ticket you can buy at the door will get you a free drink from our Celebrity Bartenders, along with delicious food from Brian Poe and Uri Abragimovich. By now you’ve seen the Lotto Board and you know that $20 could net you $20 Million. And we’ve told you how we’ll have music from the Rollo Tomasi Quartet, lots of help from the Bella Life Models, beautiful festive decorations by Richard, and the fabulous staff at the Rattlesnake taking care of your eating and drinking needs.

What you may NOT know is what we have for items to bid on. Here are some of the items we’ll be packaging up for our Silent and Live Auctions:

Two nights and two days of GOLF at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg, NY (just up the road from Lake George in upstate NY).

Golf foursomes at Pinehills Golf Club, in Plymouth, Falmouth Country Club, Paul Harney Golf Club, in Falmouth, Norwood Country Club, and Shattuck Golf Club, in Jaffrey, NH.

Tickets to see White Christmas, the Urban Nutcracker, Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, The Lyric Stage Company, Blue Man Group, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – the Musical, Laugh Boston, and Improv Asylum, and passes to the Duck Tours, Go Boston, and Lego Land.

We have tickets to the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, and tickets for Boston College Men’s Basketball and Hockey, along with various articles of sports memorabilia.

Most of our packages will include gift certificates to some of the finest restaurants and bars in the Greater Boston area, including Lucca, the Parish Cafe, Mistral, Top of the Hub, Mooo, Fire + Ice, the Tip Tap Room, Davio’s, PF Chang’s (Dedham), Bukowski Tavern, The Sevens, Estelle’sCheers, Woody’s on Hemenway, the Halfway Cafe, the Olive Garden, and, of course, the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill.

Speaking of the Rattlesnake, Chef Brian Poe is donating a cooking class with a menu and beer tasting at the Tip Tap Room for 10 people. Wayne Strattman is donating another tour of his glass art studio that includes making your own wine glass or Christmas ornament, followed with dinner at Estelle’s.  The Paper Source is donating a Card-Making workshop. Tony Caz is donating the Venom Room (upstairs at the Rattlesnake) for 95 people, including a credit toward food! Chef Uri Abragimovich is donating a “Chef’s Table at Home” for 6 people.  And the Blue Jeans Bar is donating a Private Shopping Event for 10 people.

We have a 2-night stay at the Port Inn in Portsmouth, NH, that includes discount books to the local shops and outlets, along with a gift certificate towards dinner at Jumpin Jay’s and a gift certificate towards Sunday Jazz at the Press Room.  And we have a 2-night stay at the Beachside Village Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, that includes gift certificates to the Oceanside Restaurant and the Aruba Beach Cafe.  (Airfare is NOT included, but it’s a good use of those frequent flyer miles!)

That’s quite a bit to start.  There are more items on the list (bikes, booze, Barleyhoppers!), but it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving here, so I’ll leave you with this for a taste.

Be sure to pencil in the event – NEXT WEDNESDAY, December 3rd, Rattlesnake Bar & Grill – see you there!

“Cheers to Jimmy”

19 Nov

If you have ever attended one of our parties for the “Globe Santa Fund” at the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill, you most likely would have enjoyed the good fortune of meeting Jim Geary, THE official Globe Santa. His smiling face and rosy cheeks were not to be outdone by his rotund stature and jolly demeanor. We all thought that Jimmy was the perfect Santa.

Sadly, Jim Geary passed away this past August 18th of a sudden heart attack. His story of hard earned success is quite simple and straight forward. Back in the day, he was a Newspaper Boy, delivering the Boston Globe as he walked his paper route during all types of weather, while developing a strong work ethic. After graduating from Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, Jim went to work for the Globe and over the years, worked his way up the ladder to become Supervisor of the Globe’s Computer Division. During his tenure, he became a member of the Globe’s Quarter Century Club, an achievement he was quite proud of. After 50 years of dedicated service, Jim retired from the Globe to enjoy his well-earned golden years.

During his time at the newspaper, Jimmy became involved with the Globe Santa Fund. He chose to accept their offer of becoming the official Globe Santa, wearing the traditional Santa outfit, white beard and all…incredibly, a perfect fit. He was asked to travel around Greater Boston with the Globe Santa staff, making special appearances, talking to young children and taking time to be with the elderly. Although a seasonal opportunity to participate in a role he was cut out for, it was done on his free time. Yet, once retired, Jimmy continued his portrayal as the official Globe Santa, bouncing around the city for various events…including our annual party at the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill on Boylston Street.

“Potsie,” everyone involved with our Globe Santa event at the Rattlesnake will miss your smiling face and jovial personality this December 3rd. When parents set out their Christmas Eve snack of warm cookies and hot chocolate, preparing for Santa’s visit with toys for the kids, we hope they take a moment to remember all you have done to help bring a bag full of happiness into the homes of Boston’s neediest families on Christmas morning.

“Slainte’ Jimmy…How Sweet it Was”

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