Wilton Library Goes “Under the Sea” for Spring Benefit
Larger than life sea horses are just the beginning of the fantasy world created for the Wilton Library’s Spring Benefit, “Under the Sea,” set for Saturday night, April 6, at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton, starting at 6:30 p.m.. The evening is in support of Wilton Library and will be honoring Jan and Ed MacEwen and Fairfield County Bank, for their many years of dedication and service to the library.
Together, the MacEwens have logged countless hours and years for the library’s book sales, helping to bring in much-needed revenue. For her work as a book sale co-chair, Jan was named Volunteer of the Year in 2004. Ed’s creativity is evidenced throughout the library with his originally designed and created works, from large-scale murals to the Children’s Library entrance, in addition to his 20+ year run as the curator for the library’s monthly art exhibitions.
Fairfield County Bank has been a longstanding community partner with the library through its support of countless Wilton Reads, projects, benefits, and more. Carol Johnson, vice president and branch manager for the Wilton location, serves on the library’s Board of Trustees.
“We are delighted to be honoring the MacEwens and Fairfield County Bank. They have been so generous with their support over the years,” remarked Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director for Wilton Library. “The library has benefited from their involvement and therefore so has the community. We can’t thank them enough–this recognition is one small way.”
Guests will be awash in tranquil colors, thanks to the imaginative decor by Betsy Huffman and her inspired decorating committee. Attendees will enjoy delicious food, unique live and silent auction items, entertainment by the Caribbean Cruisers Band featuring Arthur Lipner, and much more. The evening includes a live auction, with very appealing prizes–a two-night stay at Four Seasons in Vail, CO, a four-night stay in a private flat in Central West London, and a private in-home visit by none other than Santa Claus. Plus there will be a silent auction with items including a one-night stay at the tony Mayflower Inn in Washington Depot, CT; a private dinner and wine pairing at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale; tickets, tickets and more tickets to wonderful local theater, concerts and sporting events; an in-home wine tasting; and much more, all in support of the library.
“We could not be more excited for our evening under the sea,” says co-chair Summer Downey. “Our committee has had so much fun planning a fabulous party to benefit the library, which is the heart of our town.”
Her co-chair, Kara Ash, agrees. “It’s been such a thrill watching our under water theme come to life; we can’t wait to share the magic with all of our guests. Our wonderful committee has gone above and beyond to offer a variety of auction items as well as some fun new elements to the evening.”
Tickets for the event begin at $225 per person with varying opportunities for reserved tables. They are now on sale through the library’s website, by calling 203.762.6321 or by stopping by the Circulation Desk. Proceeds from the benefit support the library’s ongoing mission to inform and inspire minds, enrich and connect lives.
The benefit is made possible in part through the generous support of the Amadeo Family. Presenting Sponsors are Dorie and Nick Davatzes, Fairfield County Bank and Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria in memory of Phillip Lauria. Gold Sponsors are GE Capital, Gregory and Adams, P.C., Tom Dubin and Pam Klem, and Michael P. Kaelin/Cummings & Lockwood. The media sponsors for the evening are Wilton Magazine and GOOD Morning Wilton.
Downey and Ash co-chair the hard-working Spring Benefit committee, which includes Lianne Acosta-Rua, Amy Cooper, Teresa DiLorenzo-Waldron, Mandy Dugan, Yvonne Fielden, Margret Greene, Kathryn Groves, Betsy Huffman, Julie LaBant, Maureen McGrath, Pam Nobumoto, Margaret O’Donnell, Michelle Shia, Julie Stein, Elizabeth Walsh, Denise Worst and Kathleen Zadourian.