It is with heartfelt regret that I inform each of you that our annual “Christmas Bash” at the “Rattlesnake Bar & Grill” has been officially cancelled for this year. This is an especially tough loss for the Globe Santa Fund who has been the beneficiary of over $20,000 in proceeds raised at each of our past three Christmas events. The date for this event was to be December 7th.
The reason for the cancellation is due to a multitude of on-going problems…the big one being a number of business issues that have unfortunately plagued the restaurant. As you know, this has been a very popular venue for many Bostonians over the years. The three owners were hoping to keep things rolling and make the Holiday event happen again this year, but the business climate at this location on Boylston Street is currently very tentative. We wish our good friends –Tony, Jay, and Gordon — along with their fantastic staff the very best in the days ahead. (On a personal note, my friendship with these gentlemen goes back to the ‘70’s and as a long-time veteran in the Boston Hospitality Industry, I was saddened to learn of their dilemma. However, I can assure you that they will put their business plans together and land on their feet with a brighter future for all concerned.)
This decision breaks the long string of fundraisers I have been involved with for the Globe Santa Fund over the past 36 years. Our great volunteer crew of men and women that comprised “The Spirited Bostonians” are to be thanked for their enormous contributions that made each event a great success. This goes back to the days of “Cheers for Children.” I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the woman who kept the records, initiated all our printed material and pulled every minute detail together at the last minute, Sandi Russell. (Thank you my dear!) Her dedication and hard work dates back to our first Auction at the Bull & Finch Pub. Sandi is currently dealing with serious health issues. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers.
Another lady who deserves to be acknowledged for her hard work is Victoria Ruff. Viki’s ability to send early morning e-mails would blow Hilary Clinton’s e-mail situation out of the water. Her effort in pulling all of us together for meetings, and taking notes has been quite professional. Finally, Bill Connolly, our liaison from the Boston Globe Santa Fund Office has been our angel and guiding light. Each of us on the committee extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for his hard work.
I only wish we had a last-minute back up plan to keep the party alive. But just like the owners of the “Snake,” we’ll be back with a new and energetic plan for another magnificent event for 2017.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All,
“The Spirited Bostonians”