On Saturday, May 5, friends and supporters gathered to raise funds for the patients of Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County through “Laugh Out Loud,” a comedy benefit.

The event was held at the Westport Woman’s Club and raised more than $75,000 for the Agency’s patients in need. Highlights of the event included live and silent auctions and hilarious entertainment by the stand-up comedians, Lisa Blythe Perlman, Ellen Loyd and Kevin Flynn.

Event sponsors for Laugh Out Loud were George and Carol Bauer, Carol and Rone Baldwin, Day Pitney, LLP, Ken Edgar and Denise Harvey, Liz Fox, Sara and Dave Hunt, Keith and Denise Johnson, Janet and Peter Lebovitz, Pustola Associates, Sterling Equities and TownVibe.

Members of the volunteer benefit committee were Carol Bauer, Missy Dorsey, Ken Edgar, Janice Hess, Judy Higby, Dawn Jeffrey, Janet Karabin, Janet Lebovitz, Laurie Lister, Phyllis Osterman, Jeanne Robertson, Hal Shupack, Roseann Spengler, Carlyn Tiefenthaler and Kathy Winter.

Among the Wilton attendees were Hal Higby and Carol Bauer (pictured above, center and right) with Agency president and CEO, Sharon Bradley. Also at the event were Wilton residents, Lila and Buck Griswold, and Mike and Janice Hess.

“We are thankful for the friendship and support of so many in the community who share in our mission to bring healing and comfort to the patients and families in our care,” said Agency president and CEO, Sharon M. Bradley. “We are tremendously grateful to all our corporate and individual sponsors. We also want to thank our Leadership donors, our volunteer Benefit Committee members, our in-kind donors and everyone who contributed to this very special evening. The funds raised at this event will touch the lives of the many patients in need in our community and we extend our heartfelt thanks.”

A non-profit community organization for more than 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management,
rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice and palliative care, as well as comfort care, for adults and children in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County. The agency is a preferred provider of home health and hospice services for Western Connecticut Health Network. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is supported by contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. Visit them online or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.