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The Scene In and Around Boston . . .
By Hilda M. Morrill
September 24, 2010

Event Chair and Trustee Carrie Minot Bell and Founding Trustee and President Stephanie Warburg, right, at The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's "19th Annual Awards Luncheon." (Photo by Roger Farrington)Event Chair and Trustee Carrie Minot Bell and Founding Trustee and President Stephanie Warburg, right, at The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's "19th Annual Awards Luncheon." (Photo by Roger Farrington)

Earlier this year, more than 300 people gathered at Northeastern University to celebrate The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's "19th Annual Awards Luncheon" and the exceptional courage of 44 sixth-grade students from Boston and surrounding communities.

These students were honored as 2010 Max Warburg Fellows and were chosen to have their essays on courage, written as part of the year-long program, published in the 19th volume of "The Courage of Boston's Children." More than 100 volunteer judges selected the winning essays from a pool of 2,000 essays, submitted from 35 middle and K-8 schools.

The students, joined by their teachers, principals and families, each received a medal from the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's Founder and President Stephanie Warburg and her son, Fred Warburg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Celebrating its 19th year, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum is a language arts and character development curriculum that honors the life of Max Warburg, an eleven-year-old Boston student who lost his courageous battle with leukemia in 1991.

Since 1991, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum has served more than 100,000 young people and supported their teachers in promoting literacy and value-based education. The Courage Curriculum is in residence at Northeastern University and a proud partner of the Stony Brook Initiative.

For information about the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum and its programs, visit


"Senior Luncheon" Scheduled in Canton

We are told that the Irish Cultural Centre, located at 200 New Boston Drive in Canton, will hold their second "Senior Luncheon" on Wednesday, October 6. A hot lunch will be provided along with live music. For tickets and more information, call 781-821-8291 or visit


"Silk Road Gala" at InterContinental Hotel on October 23

The 17th annual "Silk Road Gala" takes place on Saturday evening, October 23, at the InterContinental Hotel, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

Star chef and cookbook author Ming Tsai, the executive producer and host of public television's "Simply Ming" and chef/owner of Blue Ginger Restaurant, is this year's Gala Chair.

Other local celebrity chefs joining Tsai include Joanne Chang of Myers + Chang and Flour Bakery + Café; Jody Adams of Rialto; Ting San of Oishii Boston; Michael Schlow of Via Matta, Radius and Alta Strada; and Jasper White of Summer Shack - along with the InterContinental's executive chef Didier Montarou and chef de cuisine David Chinta.

The Gala co-chairs are Paul W. Lee , Partner, Goodwin Procter; Mary Y. Lee, MD, Associate Provost, Tufts University; and Laura Sen, President & CEO, BJ's Wholesale Club.

Honorary co-chairs are: Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and Diane Patrick; Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino and Mrs. Angela Menino; U.S. Congressman Bill Delahunt; Mayor of Lowell James L. Milinazzo; and Channel 5 State House Reporter Janet Wu.

Committee members include Lisa Wong, MD & Lynn Chang, Yongmei Chen, Avi & Cheryl Chiat, Sherry Dong, Susan Esper, JeeSoo Erickson, Atsuko Toko Fish & Larry Fish, Vivian Hsu,
Renee Inomata & Paul Lee, Mary Kakas, Rebecca Lee, Estie Rappaport, Jean Russell, Stanley Miloszewski and Ellen & Peter Zane.

The Steering Committee includes Mongchour Chau, Kate Egan, JeeSoo Erickson, Sidd Goyal, Yong-Hua He, Edwina Kluender, Katie Ko, Lili Lee, Frank Miranda, Eddie O'Connell, Jean Quintal, Mervina Rasimin, Heena Trivedi, Jay Trivedi, Szeman Tse, and Hannah Yan Field.

Marjorie Clapprood & Chris Spinazzola of "Clappazzola Partners" are in charge of the event production.

The Gala is a fundraising benefit for ATASK, a private, non-profit organization, the only provider of culturally and linguistically appropriate shelter and support services for Asian survivors of domestic violence and their children in Massachusetts and New England, as well as nationally-recognized teen domestic violence prevention and youth empowerment programs.

For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Kozue Sawame, Silk Road Coordinator, at 617-338-2350 x232 or visit


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