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Party lines: Next Step Gala

Lili Ivester of Cambridge and Eric Bonarrigo of Newburyport.
Lili Ivester of Cambridge and Eric Bonarrigo of Newburyport.(bill brett for the boston globe)

More than 250 guests recently attended the annual Next Step Gala fund-raiser held at Walker Memorial at MIT. Next Step offers retreats and workshops to help young people with cancer, HIV, AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases.

Kelsey Hawkins and her mother, Janet, of Simsbury, Conn.
Kelsey Hawkins and her mother, Janet, of Simsbury, Conn.(bill brett for the boston globe)

From left: Next Step founder and executive director Bill Kubicek of Cambridge, Grahame Marpole of Watertown, and Mark Salvatore of Brookline.
From left: Next Step founder and executive director Bill Kubicek of Cambridge, Grahame Marpole of Watertown, and Mark Salvatore of Brookline. (bill brett for the boston globe)

Anya Bear (left) of Boston and Nancy Hays of Cambridge.
Anya Bear (left) of Boston and Nancy Hays of Cambridge. (bill brett for the boston globe)

From left: Julie Lunstead of Jamaica Plain, Justin Toro of Bronx, N.Y., and Jennifer Turner of Brookline.
From left: Julie Lunstead of Jamaica Plain, Justin Toro of Bronx, N.Y., and Jennifer Turner of Brookline. (bill brett for the boston globe)

From left: Addie and Gilon Levert of Brookline and Kimberly Khare of Watertown.
From left: Addie and Gilon Levert of Brookline and Kimberly Khare of Watertown.(bill brett for the boston globe)