Boston Friars Host Fourth Cocktail Party

Diane Monaghan Around the Province

More than 200 people, including Boston’s Mayor Thomas H. Menino, attended the Boston Friars’ Fourth Annual cocktail Party in the Friary of St. Anthony Shrine on Arch Street on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Concluding the Shrine’s two-week celebration of St. Francis’ Feast, the fund-raising party has become a much-anticipated fall tradition in Boston; it has grown significantly each year.

This year’s theme of An Evening in Assisi was a huge success. Guests enjoyed Tuscan hors d’oeuvres, an array of pastas and other refreshments prepared by the 2005 Improper Bostonians’ bartender of the year.

Honorees of the evening included Dick Geraigery of Cambridge Offset Printing, Peter Smail of Fidelity Investments, and Sergeant Thomas Lema of the Boston Police Department. Each of the honorees contributed significantly to the support of the Shrine’s ministries during the past year.

Silent auction items were popular and bidding was brisk as guests vied for a limited edition, signed and numbered Assisi print, a hand-carved Friar, a Waterford cross, dinner for 10 in the friary, and several other items. In addition, guests pledged money to support the various ministries of the Shrine.