WHO’S CRYING NOW: Former Journey frontman Steve Perry and Erin
O’Malley, DJ for Mix 104.1, sat down together for a town hall-style shindig at the Boston
Harbor Hotel on Wednesday night. During the event, which benefited Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute, the duo touched on subjects ranging from music and fame to women's health and breast cancer, a disease that's significantly affected both of their lives. O'Malley, a breast cancer survivor, spoke with Perry about his experience supporting his girlfriend,
Kellie Nash, as she fought and eventually lost her battle with the illness in 2012. Perry, who's shied away from the spotlight since leaving Journey for the second and final time in 1998, had apparently promised Nash before she died that he would return to music and not sink further into isolation. He's kept his word, as he's working the press circuit to promote the release of his first album in two decades, “Traces.”
SO SWEET: If this whole football thing doesn't pan out for Rob Gronkowski, he could always fall back on his finesse for the art of cake decorating. We hear that the tight end dropped by Stop & Shop in Foxboro earlier this week, where he surprised a pack of
Dana-Farber pediatric patients and their families. While at the grocery store, Gronk gave the kiddos tickets to Sunday's game and proceeded to have the whole gang channel their inner Duff Goldman to decorate a football-themed cake. The finished confectionary creation will be on display as the Pats take on the Chiefs at Gillette this weekend, when Stop & Shop will also make a $2.5 million donation to Dana-Farber, as part of its Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign.
SLEEP ON IT: Needham native Aly Raisman did her part on
World Homeless Day, making a special delivery to a New York shelter. We're told that the Olympic gold medalist and activist, along with Leesa Sleep CEO David Wolfe hauled and unboxed a slew of mattresses at
The Bowery Mission on Wednesday, in an effort to raise awareness of “bedlessness” and allow residents to feel fully rested. In addition to giving them the gift of sleep, Raisman and Leesa passed along some funds to the shelter. And if you recall from last summer, the same pair staged a similar good deed at
Heading Home in Dorchester.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, above, stops by Stop & Shop’s Foxboro store to surprise Dana-Farber pediatric patients and their families with tickets to this Sunday’s Pats game. For World Homeless Day yesterday, gold medalist Aly Raisman, below right, joins Leesa Sleep at Bowery Mission, donating mattresses to the NYC shelter. Journey frontman Steve Perry, below left, talks on a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute roundtable.