Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

For the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, its 29th annual Discovery Celebration was all about the gold.


Gold medals. Gold records. Raising some gold.


OK, green, actually. But if you already let “records” slide in this digital age, well, then, you gotta finish the inning.


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The 29th annual event took place Feb. 8 at The Breakers.


Phyllis Krock was once again chairwoman for the evening, which began with cocktails, food stations, a raw bar, and lots of chat from the Bostonians about their glee at escaping Beantown’s icy grip.



When the last cheese puff was downed, the crowd moved to the Ponce de Leon Ballroom, which was decorated by Bryan Rafanelli with linen and velvet fabric in shades of teal, emerald and seafoam. Arrangements of freesia, lilies and orchids centered each table.


After brief remarks from Nobel Prize winner Dr. William Kaelin -- and dinner, the teal curtains parted for a performance by Grammy- and Tony-nominated Michael Cavanaugh, star of the Broadway musical ’’Movin’ Out,’’ based on the music of Billy Joel.


Cavanaugh’s performance include the hits of Billy Joel, Elton John and a rousing rendition of Neil Diamond’s ’Sweet Caroline.’


You know... Boston.


Arthur and Vicki Loring, both D-FCI trustees, were honorary chairman and honorary chairwoman.


Co-chairwomen were Rose Dana, Judy Harpel, Elaine Schuster and Roberta Weiner, with D-FCI trustee Charles Dana, Jim Harpel, Tom Quick and Stephen R. Weiner serving as co-chairmen.


Sandra Krakoff, also a D-FCI trustee, was the special projects chair.


More than 400 people attended, including gala co-founder Emily F. DiMaggio with Paul Salvi, Bonnie and Donald Dwares, Jean Sharf, Nassrine Traverse, Sandra and Richard Bornstein, Renee and Carlos Morrison, Geri Emmett, Sandra and Gerald Fineberg, Maureen and William Goldfarb, Andrea Abraham and Sal Castagna, Cynthia and Ted Berenson, Anne and Elliot Bloom, Ethel and Bernard Garil, Ryna Greenbaum and Michael Venuti, Michelle Jacobs, Myra Kolton, Paula and Peter Lunder, Beverly Myers and Jane Myers, Sheila Palandjian and Gianfranco DiCicco, Michelle and Norman Reisman, Hilary Rubin, Polly and Richard Van Dernoot, Jan Willinger and Robert Spiegel, Nancy Yanofsky and Ed Brown, Jane Zises and William Murphy, Randi and David Zussman, and a bunch more who know their finger bowl from a Scorpion Bowl.


That’s a Boston thing.


Proceeds from the evening -- more than $2.1 million -- are earmarked for Dana-Farber’s cancer research and patient care care programs.