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Upcoming Events

Row 34’s 10th Anniversary Weekend to Benefit the Friends

November 4 – 5, 2023 | Times vary
Row 34 (Boston, MA)

Chef Jeremy Sewall will celebrate Row 34’s 10th Anniversary with the Friends and chefs Renee Erickson (Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue, Austin), and Dave Punch (Sycamore, Newton).

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Friends Cure Cabin Fever

February 25, 2024 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
PKL Boston (64 C St, South Boston)

Registration information coming soon. Join the Friends to cure cabin fever – pickleball, food, drinks, and fun!

Evening with Friends

May 4, 2024 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton (10 Avery St., Boston)

Registration information coming soon. Join us to celebrate friendship, food and philanthropy with cocktails, dinner, and a live auction hosted by Susan Wornick.

Recent Events

Chefs Jody Adams of Porto, TRADE, and Saloniki; Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks; Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Sister Sorel, and the Smoke Shop; Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Les Sablons; Jasper White of Summer Shack; Michael Schlow of Doretta Taverna and Tico Boston; and William Kovel of Catalyst Restaurant celebrate a successful evening.

In the Bag Luncheon

September 14, 2023 | 11:00 a.m.
Pine Brook Country Club (Weston, MA)

More than 100 guests joined the Friends for a silent auction of handbags and accessories and discussion of melanoma prevention and research with Dana-Farber's Megan Insco, MD, PhD. View photos from the event.

Evening with Friends

April 29, 2023 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Encore Boston Harbor (Everett, MA)

Guests joined us for cocktails, dinner and a live auction hosted by Susan Wornick. Learn more about Evening with Friends.

In the Bag Luncheon

September 15, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.
Pine Brook Country Club (Weston, MA)

Guests joined the Friends for a silent auction of handbags and accessories and discussion of women's health with Dana-Farber physicians.

Evening with Friends

May 20, 2022 | 6:00 p.m.
Endicott Estate (Dedham, MA)

Guests joined us for Evening with Friends on Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Endicott Estate in Dedham. Guests were able to mingle with friends during a cocktail hour and raw bar hosted by Chef Jeremy Sewall of Row 34, followed by dinner and a live auction.

In the Bag

September 23, 2021
Pine Brook Country Club

The Friends are grateful to everyone who joined us for a luncheon and beautifully curated auction of new and vintage handbags and accessories. Together with our supporters, we raised more than $155,000 to support women’s cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute!

Back in the Swing

July 14, 2021
Stone Meadow Golf in Lexington

The Friends sincerely thank sponsors and guests at Back in the Swing with Friends! The event was held outdoors and spread out for safety, and guests enjoyed time to mingle, eat, drink, and practice their driving, chipping and putting while supporting Dana-Farber’s life-saving mission and quest for a cure. Together, we raised more than $175,000 to fund critical research and patient care programs at the Institute.

Friends Virtual MiniSeries

Through June 2021

The Friends held a virtual workshop series on topics including wine tasting, home entertaining, and fitness.

Dinner with Friends, Hosted by Chef Jeremy Sewall

In April 2020, Dinner with Friends Hosted by Chef Jeremy Sewall was reimagined as a virtual campaign and celebration. Although we could not be together, we continued to support each other, our patients and our mission by raising more than $275,000 to fund research and patient care at Dana-Farber. Thank you to our host, Chef Jeremy Sewall, and our intended guest chefs, as well as to our generous sponsors for their support as we adjusted our plans to keep our community and our supporters safe.

In the Bag

October 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Pine Brook Country Club, Weston, MA
Lunch and Vintage Designer Handbag Auction

The Friends of Dana-Farber and their friends enjoyed lunch in recognition of September and October: Ovarian and Breast Cancer Awareness Months, as well as a keynote focused on keeping the women in our lives healthy and happy. A beautifully curated vintage handbag auction helped raise more than $90,000 for patient care at Dana-Farber.

Dinner with Friends

June 1, 2019

Guests joined the Friends for a one-night-only culinary experience created by Host Chef Jeremy Sewall and his celebrity chef friends. The evening was an opportunity for guests to interact with top chefs, observe them as they collaborate in the kitchen, and enjoy a delicious dinner and treats – all while raising funds for innovative research and patient care at Dana-Farber.

Cabin Fever

February 27, 2019

Cure cabin fever with the Friends at CAPO in south Boston. Attendees enjoyed delicious food, specialty cocktails, music, dancing, games, and fun with the Friends.

Glitz and Gritz

June 13, 2018

Our favorite rhinestone cowboys and cowgirls showed up at Loretta's Last Call to eat, drink, dance, and raise more than $24,000 for the Friends of Dana-Farber. Thanks to partners and sponsors, 101.7 The Bull, Alexandra Slote Interiors, Boston magazine, Suzanne Chapman, Rudd Design Co. & Qlik – and to everyone who supported the event so generously. 

Dinner with Friends

April 28, 2018

More than 200 guests enjoyed a one-night-only dining experience, courtesy of Host Chef Jeremy Sewall and his celebrity chef friends. The event raised more than $470,000 for the Friends, celebrated friendship, food, and philanthropy.

Dancing for a Cure

February, 10, 2018

Six hundred dancers raised more than $27,000 for breast and ovarian cancer research at Dana-Farber at the eighth annual Dancing for a Cure fundraiser, held February 10 in Mashpee, MA. The fundraiser, which features a 5K dance marathon, was created by Susan Mendoza Friedman of the Friends of Dana-Farber in honor of her friend who was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer at 51. Dancing for a Cure has raised more than $400,000 for women’s cancers research at Dana-Farber over the last 11 years.

Saks "Key to the Cure" 2017 Style Your Story

October 5, 2017

The Friends of Dana-Farber, the Jimmy Fund, and Saks Fifth Avenue kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Saks Key to the Cure with “Style Your Story,” a fashion-fueled fundraiser to benefit the Friends and Dana-Farber. Guests enjoyed cocktails from Privateer Rum, wines by Chloe, light bites from Eataly, Oath Craft Pizza, and other area eateries, as well as a runway show featuring local style influencers.

More Information

For more information on Friends’ events, please call 617-632-3021 or email

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