Wilton Library’s 17th annual Ladies’ Soirée celebrates its women of Wilton with a “Women in Film” theme on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.. The event is a significant fundraiser for the library, with proceeds supporting the library’s programs, services and technology that the community has come to rely on.

As the library’s fall signature event, the Soirée offers a nurturing environment where friends can catch up after hectic summers and enjoy cultivating new relationships as well. The fundraiser is supported by sponsors including Bankwell in Wilton, Caraluzzi’s, Catamount Wealth Management and Tracy Locke. The media sponsor is Wilton Magazine.

The event will be catered by Marly’s Bar & Bistro, and will feature the Soirée’s traditional silent auction, plus contemporary piano accompaniment by Darren Litzie, who has performed at the event for many years. Attendees will also enjoy strutting the red carpet as they move through the receiving line for photo ops in the Photo Booth, capturing selfies and group shots as guests strike their best, red carpet poses.

“This is such a wonderful event that women look forward to each fall. It gives them a chance to visit with each other, catch up on what’s been happening in each other’s’ lives, and enjoy the beauty of the library on an autumn evening,” enthuses Robin Axness, development director for Wilton Library.

Suzanne Lishnoff, event chairperson, agrees. “I was thrilled to be a part of this ongoing tradition for the library. It gives us a few hours to enjoy each other’s company and bring in much needed funding for the library so that we can continue to appreciate it and all it has to offer the community. And this year, we’re going to make all our women feel like the celebrities they are!”

Joining Lishnoff (left, above) on the organizing committee are (pictured above, L-R) Michelle Shia, Carrie Preisano, Kathleen Zadourian, Jennifer Alesia and Amy Cooper, all of whom have been hard at work bringing together silent auction items that guests will be able to bid on. Some of the items include a crafty Ladies’ Night Out at the library using the Innovation Station, a private wine tasting class for 20, private yoga and tennis sessions, and professional photo sessions with some of Wilton’s top photographers. Many of the auction items may be found on the library’s website.

Guests who are unable to walk away with coveted auction items will still have many opportunities to support the library, from prize giveaways to a wine pull.

“The wine pull is one of our newest treats for the evening,” Axness explains. “Guests will be able to purchase corks with numbers on them for $15 each, and when they check out at the end of the evening, the corks will be matched with prized bottles of wines, with values upwards of $75.00, so there will be a lot of fun and excitement even up to the end.”

Tickets for the event are $55 per person and may be purchased online, by visiting the library’s Circulation Desk or by calling Suzanne Verrilli in the development office at 203.762.6321. Tickets are limited and the event may sell out, as it did last year just a few days before event.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. in the heart of Wilton Center.