Carrie's Coast Guard Thank-You


Country superstar Carrie Underwood surprised a local military family before her show at the TD Garden last night, inviting a Cape Cod Coast Guardsman and his family backstage for a meet-and-greet and inviting them to New York for a private concert in November.

Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Van Huysen, his wife, Casey, a Coast Guard ombudsman, and their two daughters, Madyson, 9, and Victoria, 5, got up close and personal with the former "American Idol," who has been honoring military families on her "Storyteller" tour.

"I feel country music has always been very close and very supportive of military members and their families," Underwood told the Military Times. "I feel like this is just another really cool opportunity to say thank you."

The "Honor. Family. Fun." event is part of a partnership launched earlier this year by Underwood, Carnival Cruise Lines and Operation Homefront to raise awareness and funds for military families. Underwood is meeting with families in 10 cities and will perform a free concert for hundreds of military families portside aboard Carnival's newest ship, Carnival Vista, on Nov. 4.

To raise funds for Operation Homefront, limited-edition commemorative dog tags are being sold onboard Carnival ships and at all Carrie's concert stops, with all proceeds going to Operation Homefront.

----The Bruins wives and galpals strutted their stuff on the runway last night at the "Fashion Power Play" fundraiser for the team's foundation and the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Sporting chic couture from Neiman Marcus, the ladies walked a 110-foot runway in the center court at Copley Place while 250 fashionistas ooohed and ahhhed.

The model wives and galpals included Stephanie Bergeron, wife of Patrice; Victoria Beleskey, Matt's bride; Emily Dempsey, galpal of Landon Ferraro; Stephanie Enserink, Adam McQuaid's GF; Linda Jarvis, wife of assistant coach Doug Jarvis; Kevan Miller's fiancee, Haley Kettelkamp; Brett Connolly's S.O., Katrina Kim; David Krejci's wife, Naomi; Torey's wife, Melanie Krug; Zac Rinaldo's galpal, Gina Mantas; Katrina Marchand, who married Brad last fall; Alicia Randell, (Tyler's wife); Rebecca Seidenberg (Dennis' wife); Jimmy Hayes' girlfriend, Kristen Valente; and Claude Julien's wife, Karen Savoie.

"Dining Playbook" gal Jenny Johnson did the play-by-play.

A fashionable time was had by all ... ___

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