This year’s Wilton Woman’s Club annual FUNdraiser and Fashion Show was an amazing success, raising more than $30,000 for its intended beneficiary, the Wilton section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail. The April 1 event at Rolling Hills Country Club reflected the trail in its theme this year, in keeping with its usage for hiking and walks, calling the luncheon, “Best Foot Forward.”

With the proceeds, the NRVT plans 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..

“We have been working to raise the funds to get to Twin Oak Ln. for the past year and found we had a shortfall to finish the boardwalk,” said NRVT board member Pat Sesto, “The donation of Wilton Woman’s Club proceeds will close this gap and allow us to finish this important piece. We are thrilled to be moving ahead again.”

The event was a rousing success, with tickets selling out well in advance, a packed house, over $30,000 in private funds raised, and great reviews by all attendees.

“What a way to celebrate our 50th year with such a worthwhile cause and a successful fundraiser!” said member Dee Dee Fleitz, “The fashion show featured active wear to daily wear which perfectly fit with our fundraising theme and so many of our lives. It is always a great time to spend with fellow WWC members and friends who make this a special occasion each Spring.”

Opening remarks were given by first selectman Lynne Vanderslice, who emphasized the importance of the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton. “From the day it opened, the NRVT has been enjoyed by the young and old whether for running, biking, walking or just enjoying the surrounding natural beauty. The trail is an enhancement to our community and we are grateful to the volunteers and donors who have made it possible and continue to work towards its expansion,” she said.

Silent Auction items ranged from a European river cruise from Tauck, to an original painting of the trail from local artist Maya Boreen. Debbie Corrigan, head of the Silent Auction committee said, “For a small town, we have a wide variety of retailers and business owners that are always very generous in supporting the Wilton Woman’s Club auction. We are very thankful for their donations and the continued support year after year.”

After lunch, club members hit the runway, showing off active fashions from Outdoor Sports Center and Jade Active.Life.Style.

The event could not have happened without the wonderful support of sponsors Wilton Magazine, Outdoor Sports Center, Jade Active.Life.Style, Gina Federico Graphic Design, Peggy Garbus Photography, Paul’s Prosperous Printing, Jennifer Toll, and Robert and Lorraine Winsor.

The NRVT and the Woman’s Club put together a video about the trail and its usage in Wilton.

The Wilton Woman’s Club is a volunteer organization for Wilton women who come together for community service and philanthropy. The new membership year starts in June. For more information, please visit the Wilton Woman’s Club website. For more photos of the event from Peggy Garbus Photography, please visit the WWC page on Facebook.

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