Spring Alumni Events Set

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

    The Boston College Alumni Association will hold two of its most popular annual events on the first weekend of April, and both will have a Red Sox flavor.

    Fenway Parkís 600 Club will be the setting on Saturday, April 1, when the Alumni Association and the Greater Boston Food Bank sponsor the 12th annual Second Helping Gala to benefit the successful Second Helping food donation program.
    The next morning, April 2, Boston Red Sox CEO and University Trustee John L. Harrington '57, MBA '66 will be the featured speaker at the Alumni Associationís 49th annual Laetare Sunday Communion Breakfast. The event, which will be held at the Carney Dining Hall in McElroy Commons, will follow a 9:30 a.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Church.

    The black-tie Second Helping affair includes a reception and special gourmet dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a raffle for a one-week vacation for two to Ireland. Last yearís event raised over $125,000 for the alumni-sponsored program, which collects unused food from hotels, restaurants and corporate cafeterias and delivers hot meals to 22 emergency feeding shelters in Eastern Massachusetts.

John Harrington will speak at the annual Laetare Sunday breakfast.

    Since it began in 1988, Second Helping has become a model for more than 120 similar university-sponsored food recovery programs across the nation. The program collects over 400,000 pounds of food annually and provides nearly 5,000 meals per week to residents of the Greater Boston area who are in need. Former Alumni Association President John S. Buckley ë66 and his wife Nancy are chairing the Second Helping Gala.

    Laetare Sunday is the mid-point of the Catholic liturgical season of Lent, and the annual communion breakfast is the Alumni Associationís longest-standing tradition. Boston Collegeís Silver Jubilarian Class of 1975 will host the dayís events.

    Harrington is executive director of the Yawkey Foundation, a prominent charitable organization, in addition to his duties as Red Sox chief executive. A former Alumni Association president, he serves on the Board of Trusteesí Building and Properties Committee.

    For tickets and other information, contact the Alumni Association office at ext.2-4700.

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