The Circle of Care, a local organization that helps families of children with cancer, is hosting their Second Annual Fundraiser, “Sip & Sizzle,” on Friday, Sept. 20 from 7-10 p.m.  The event is being catered by Barcelona, and wines are from Vintage Fine Wines of Wilton. The event is also billed to feature a “Patagonian asado.”

People interested in attending the tequila and wine tasting event can purchase tickets ($75/person) by emailing

Circle of Care is a not-for-profit foundation started ten years ago by Wilton moms Elizabeth Salguero and Dawn Ladenheim, who met during their children’s own battle with pediatric cancer, and who looked to each other for support, information and a sense of belonging. They wanted to share what they had learned to help other families who faced the same journey. They first created “Bags of Love,” a day-of-diagnosis care package, and have since expanded to offer six programs throughout Connecticut.

According to the organization’s website, 92 cents of every dollar donated to Circle of Care goes directly to help the children and families involved in their programs.

Art from the Heart is one program sponsored by the group that was recently profiled in  [Editor’s note: the article was written by’s Heather Borden Herve.] That program matches families with a group of local Wilton teens who undertake an “extreme room makeover”-type project to renovate and redecorate the bedroom of a child living with cancer. According to the Wilton Magazine story, “the teens design, plan, fundraise, build and install a dream room for a child undergoing treatment.”