2010-05-14 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

The night of the van bomb scare I was right in the middle of Times Square at the Marriott Marquis attending Straight for Equally Awards

Gala with award entertainment winner, Liza Minelli.

I met the charming couple Sam and Julia whose son is gay. Sam is the National President of PFLAG. They were recently honored by Equality California for their work. Caroline Rhea was the Gala Emcee and Reichen Lehmkul was the auctioneer. He was the winner of Amazing Race and is starring in “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” which opened May 5 at the St. Luke’s Theatre on West 46 Street off 8 Avenue. He is so cute and intriguing. I wish him lots of luck. It was a wonderful evening from the red carpet reception to the performances of stage. We saw the chorus boys perform, attended an auction and finally Liza received her award. And,the show went on in spite of the bomb scare.

However, we did have to leave by way of Eighth Avenue. All of Seventh Avenue was blocked off. The streets were filled with masses of people, but all was well and no one was hurt. The police did a magnificent job in evacuating the people. There was no hysteria, the crowds were calm and well conducted and followed instructions. I am amazed that they caught the terrorist so quickly. All those involved deserve big Thank You and an award from us. And thank God. My next event was the Chistopher Awards wherein I met Ernie Anastas who was one of the presenters at the 61st annual award ceremony.

The Christophers believe, according to founder Father James Keller, a Maryknoll priest, that every individual has the power and responsibility to change the world for the better. Their belief that “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness,” continues to guide the Christopher’s publishing through books for adults which include: Stones Into Schools; Strength In What Remains ; Wrestling With Moses; and Lincoln, a biography. It was another beautiful evening.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY AT KENNEDY’S! It was a little cooler and cloudier on Mother’s Day, but the sun was shiny through the windows in the dining area and at the bar on the crowds who choose Kennedy’s restaurant as I did to enjoy Mother’s Day dinner. My son, Jimmy Matuozzi (so tall and handsome) shared Mother’s Day with me. You must try their Chilean sea bass. Best I have ever had. It was delicious! Jim had the prime ribs and they did a great job on that too. It was a delightful time. I met people I haven’t seen in years and those who were brand new to me: Rickey Keim, a close friend of my older son, Kevin, who lives in San Diego, was there with his wife, Elaine, brothers, Frank and Bobby and his mother Lillian Keim; Joan O’Hara with daughter, Maureen and husband, John and Mary Kay Grover. At the bar, Steven, my favorite bartender, was there and I met Carolyne Walker whose daughter Kathleen made her first Holy Communion at St. Francis in Rockaway Park with grandmother, Margaret Walker, cousin, Dona Clark and Godmother, Cathy Macklow. Hope your Mother’s Day was as happy as mine. Travel: Santo Domingo is the least expensive Caribbean Island to vacation with beautiful beaches and hotels. A favorite spot on the East Coast is the Punta Cana Resort at Tortuga. It is one of the leading small hotels of the world. In the Southeastern area, Casa de Campo with three 18 hole golf courses, sports and Beach Club by Le Cirque. Closer by, the best resort in Connecticut is the Norwich Inn, a Warwick Hotel with the best destination Spa in New England; Historic Hotels of the world is the Sherry Netherlands right here in NYC.

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