They're on board with helping city kids

From left: guest Elizabeth Crowley, Scott Zolak, and Play Ball! Foundation board member Ian Franke last night. From left: guest Elizabeth Crowley, Scott Zolak, and Play Ball! Foundation board member Ian Franke last night. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 23, 2009

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Former Patriots Scott Zolak and Larry Izzo, WAAF guy Greg Hill, Larry Rasky of Rasky Baerlein, and Bruin Shawn Thornton were just a few of the guests on the invite list for the Play Ball! Foundation’s fifth annual charity cruise on the Spirit of Boston last night. Money from the boat trip will help Play Ball!’s mission to fund inner-city athletic programs. Ron Bell, Governor Deval Patrick’s community affairs man, was expected to be on board to present a citation to organization execs.

Husbands still in 'Hell's Kitchen'

South End haunt Tremont 647 was a zoo the other night because of chef Andy Husbands’s appearance on the reality show “Hell’s Kitchen.’’ Husbands served up a “Hell’s Kitchen’’-themed dinner to customers, who stuck around to watch him on TV. If you saw the episode, you know that Husbands was not kicked off the show, which means you can watch him try to please mean-guy-chef Gordon Ramsay again Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Changing faces

Leonardo DiCaprio’s on-and-off-again girlfriend Bar Refaeli is the new face of Rampage, which means the brand’s former cover girl - DiCaprio’s ex Gisele Bundchen, who turned 29 on Monday - is out. Perhaps Gisele can take over at Pea in the Pod?

Willie Nelson's an all-star

Pawtucket, R.I., loves Willie Nelson. After the red-headed stranger finished his set at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night, he was greeted backstage by Mayor James Doyle, PawSox team president Mike Tamburro, and the team’s GM Lou Schwechheimer, who gave the musician a PawSox jersey and T-shirt. Sox spokesguy Bill Wanless told us that Nelson was all smiles with the mayor, and that the 76-year-old country star took time to mingle with fans by his bus. Bob Dylan, on the other hand, who shared the McCoy bill with Nelson and John Mellencamp, was not as social. “He’s more off-limits than most,’’ Wanless said.

Affleck makes most of meal at Mooo

Ben Affleck and six friends spent close to $900 at the XV Beacon Hotel restaurant Mooo the other night, which isn’t that ridiculous considering a good meal at the steak spot will run you about $100. Affleck, who dined with a mostly female group of pals (his wife, Jennifer Garner, is out in Los Angeles at the moment), ordered up Kobe beef dumplings, sautéed spinach, a 14-ounce New York sirloin, and a few bottles of wine for the table. He apparently skipped dessert. Such willpower. Affleck is here to film “The Town,’’ based on the thriller by writer Chuck Hogan. The movie will include a big scene at Fenway Park, which will be shot sometime in September. This won’t be the first time Ben films at Fenway. He and Matt Damon were extras in “Field of Dreams.’’

Sunday fun for Perry

Looks like we can add Matthew Perry to the list of celebs who root for the home team. The actor recently Tweeted to his more than 100,000 followers, “Red sox . . . ocean . . . and my fave fam . . . not a bad Sunday.’’ For the record, Perry was raised in Canada, but he was born in good old Williamstown.

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