The Wilton Woman’s Club will hold its 50th anniversary Fashion Show and FUNdraiser luncheon on Friday, April 1, and this year, all proceeds will go to support the Wilton section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail.

The event, called the “Best Foot Forward FUNdraiser 2016,” will be held at Rolling Hills Country Club from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m..

One of the first projects the club supported in 1966 was cleaning up the Norwalk River. Today, the club is supporting the five-town NRVT committee as it creates a 38-mile network of trails along the river from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, to Rogers Park in Danbury.

Attending the luncheon, fashion show and silent auction on April 1 at Rolling Hills can help raise funds for expanding and improving the Wilton section of the NRVT. The NRVT committee is working to expand the trail for many reasons. As they state in their materials, “Fairfield County faces encroaching growth, and available open lands are quickly being developed, leaving fewer opportunities for local residents to experience the outdoors… We have become a car-centered culture that denies walkers and cyclists access to safe pathways… CEOs in our area want to attract young talent and need to offer recreational opportunities to get out and run, bike and hike.  Our children, in particular, need ways to connect with nature and the outdoors, as more of their time is spent indoors and in front of computer screens.”

The next step, for Wilton, is to build a boardwalk that will bridge the end of the trail just north of Sharp Hill Rd. to future trails from Twin Oak Ln. to Skunk Ln.. This 200-ft. boardwalk will be used as an educational platform by local science teachers. The completed trail will provide opportunities for children to access safe walking and biking trails to move between sports, school, and social events. It will give commuters access to the train station, and outdoor enthusiasts a place to walk, bike and enjoy our natural surroundings. The NRVT is ADA compatible and accessible to those with mobility constraints.

The fashion show styles will be provided by Outdoor Sports Center, and Jade Active.Life.Style.  Anyone unable to attend, but wishing to donate, or who would like to advertise a business in the event program, can visit the Wilton Woman’s Club “Best Foot Forward” webpage.

The event’s silent auction will feature items including a European River Cruise; a four night trip for two to Curacao with lodging from the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort and airfare from JetBlue; a Cannondale Catalyst 3 Mountain Bike plus clothes and accessories from Dorel Sports; original art from local artist Maya Boreen; and much more. More details about the auction items will be available on the Wilton Woman’s Club website starting March 7.

Boreen has agreed to donate all proceeds from sales of products related to her painting “Norwalk River Valley Trail,” to the NRVT. Click here to visit a website to see this beautiful painting and the related products available.

The Fashion Show and FUNdraiser event will be catered by Rolling Hills and includes a cash bar. All proceeds from the fun afternoon with friends will go to support the worthy NRVT cause. Tickets cost $75 a person. To register, and for more information, please visit the Wilton Woman’s Club website.

The Wilton Woman’s Club would like to thank the sponsors of the event: Wilton Magazine, Outdoor Sports Center, Paul’s Prosperous Printing, Jade Active.Life.Style, Gina Federico Graphic Design and Jennifer Toll.