The power and generosity of Wilton’s women entrepreneurs will be demonstrated yet again when Carline Dean, owner of Lace Affaire, hosts a Ladies Night Out Sip & Shop on Thursday, June 15, from 7-9 p.m.. The evening will benefit CJ First Candle, whose CEO is another Wilton dynamo, Alison Jacobson.

Although they’d met previously, Jacobson and Dean reconnected at the recent A Moment For Mom:  Networking Lunch for Wilton Moms held at Trackside Teen Center.

“I had the good fortune of CJ First Candle being one of the designated charities for the recent Networking Lunch at Trackside and during the event Carline came up to me and suggested we do something at her store. I thought, ‘A night for women to shop for cute swimwear, lingerie and accessories while enjoying a glass of wine and fun company? Heck yeah!’” explains Jacobson.

While CJ First Candle has not had high awareness in the community, Jacobson intends to change that. “CJ First Candle is the only national non-profit committed to eliminating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and preventable Stillbirth. Every year over 27,000 babies die from these three issues and it can happen to any family. In fact, earlier this year a family in New Canaan lost their baby to SIDS.”

This is an issue that’s near and dear to Jacobson. Her son Connor died from SIDS in 1997 while at daycare. CJ First Candle does Safe Sleep training programs for daycare providers, hospitals, health clinics and other community organizations, as well as directly for parents to educate them about the recent Safe Sleep guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to experts, the rate of SIDS can be reduced by 50% simply by following these guidelines.

CJ First Candle also provides bereavement support to families who have experienced a loss.

“When Connor died, CJ First Candle was my lifeline. Being able to speak with another parent who had experienced the indescribable grief of losing a baby is what kept me going,” Jacobson recalls.

Dean opened Lace Affaire, located at 23 Danbury Rd., in 2014. The store offers a wide selection of stylish lingerie, swimwear, accessories–including summer footwear and sandals, jewelry, candles, purses and totes–as well as women’s apparel. Dean also owns Illumination Salon on the top floor of the building, a full service hair color, cut and blow dry bar.

A portion of all Lace Affaire sales from the evening will benefit CJ First Candle, and there also will be a 50/50 raffle and prizes. Additionally, when anyone books a hair appointment or color at Illumination Salon upstairs that evening, a portion will also go toward supporting CJ First Candle.

Email Jacobson directly to RSVP or to donate an item for the raffle.