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Fred Schneider center stage at benefit event

Fred Schneider (left) and David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, at the Langham.
Fred Schneider (left) and David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, at the Langham.Eric Antoniou

As he has for over a decade, B-52s frontman Fred Schneider attended Community Servings’s annual LifeSavor gala the other night. Sporting dark sunglasses and a prominent bandage on his nose — “I’m the poster boy for skin cancer” — Schneider told us it’s a pleasure to support the work of Community Servings, whose mission is to feed home-bound critically ill people and their caretakers. “The government sure isn’t going to help, so everyone else better,” said Schneider. This year’s event, held at the Langham, raised $515,000, thanks in part to Schneider’s donation of a signed Stage CS-327 guitar, a vivid orange blazer that he wore onstage at the band’s concert in Boston last year, and some of his Fred’s Monster Blend Coffee, a line of coffee he describes as “highly caffeinated and scary smooth.” (The guitar fetched $1,400 at auction.) Schneider said his band, which has been together since 1976, is taking a break from touring because, well, they want to. “We decided we don’t want to get on a bus anymore,” he said. “It’s like being in a mortuary with curtains on wheels.” Other gala guests included chef Jody Adams, philanthropist Ron Ansin, tie designer Tony Corey, restaurateur Michela Larson, fomer WBCN DJ Oedipus, and philanthropist Don Rodman. After the reception, trolleys whisked guests away to restaurants around the city for dinner parties in support of Community Servings. Schneider dined at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro.