Saturday, February 04, 2012
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Thank you for another great Heart of the Hub!

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On Thursday, October 20, 200 guests from the arts, cultural, historic preservation, and culinary communities in Roxbury and around Greater Boston gathered at Hibernian Hall for Heart of the Hub, Discover Roxbury's annual fundraiser and celebration of Roxbury's physical and cultural assets, and the people who work tirelessly to strengthen them.

This year's Heart of the Hub featured live music performed by the E-Water Band, a flash mob performed by OrigiNation, a selection of beer and wine, and A Taste of Roxbury dinner deliciously prepared by area restaurants and caterers. The event was attended by dozens of local artists who donated items to the silent auction, such as fine art photography, paintings, jewelry, and mixed media work. Guests had the opportunity to learn more about Roxbury's thriving arts community while networking with peers, enjoying a sampling of food and beverages, and dancing to great music. Executive Director Derek Lumpkins also delivered a speech in which he advocated that we stop referring to Roxbury as a "hidden gem" and understand it for the valuable community it really is.

Before the close of the evening, we honored Rev. Michael Haynes, Candelaria Silva-Collins, and John Wilson with the third annual Roxbury Puddingstone Awards for their extraordinary and tireless efforts to highlight and preserve Roxbury's physical and cultural assets.

Rev. Haynes  Candelaria Silva-Collins  John Wilson

We hope you will join us next year to celebrate Roxbury's assets and to enjoy the festivities!

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MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES
Callie Crossley, WGBH

MUSIC
E-Water Band

FLASH MOB
OrigiNation


HONORARY COMMITTEE
Charlotte Golar Richie, Youthbuild USA
Bing Broderick, Haley House Bakery Cafe
Byron Rushing, State Representative
Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard, Boston Lawyers Group
Christopher Bratton, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Klare Shaw, Arts and Education Advocate
Zakiya Thomas, Boston Ballet

HOST COMMITTEE
Alkia Powell
Benjamin Kraines
Betsy Cowan
Christine Rose
Jacquinn Williams
Kim Janey
Michelle Coleman
Sydney Janey
Will Hutchinson

A TASTE OF ROXBURY
Amir's Natural Foods
Ethnica
Fort Hill: Jerk Chick Saturday's
Fulani's Kitchen
Haley House Bakery Cafe
Slades Bar and Grill
That's Yummy
Tropical Foods
Whole Foods

PHOTOGRAPHY
Eric POPS Esteves (view more photos)