On April 4, the Wilton Woman’s Club (WWC) will hold its 12th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at Rolling Hills Country Club, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.. This year, the always-popular fundraiser is supporting Save 183 Ridgefield Road.

Save 183 Ridgefield Road is the effort by the Wilton Land Conservation Trust to raise $2.3 million to purchase the 13-acre parcel that was once the location of the historic Schlichting estate before becoming the proposed site of a controversial real estate development. The Land Trust hopes to secure the property as open space for the public to be able to access in perpetuity.

This year, the WWC philanthropy co-chairs Liz Salguero and Kathy Poirier considered many organizations before deciding on the 2019 beneficiary. The philanthropy committee felt that Save 183 Ridgefield Road stood out, listing several reasons:

  • It follows the WWC’s historical roots of philanthropy. Past beneficiaries have been Merwin Meadows Park and the Norwalk River Valley Trail.
  • All residents of Wilton will enjoy this space with walking and hiking trails, cross-country skiing, picnicking, birding, and other outdoor activities within walking distance to Town Center.
  • The Land Trust is partnering with other organizations such as:
    • Wilton Historical Society – Children will plant & harvest flax to make clothes as  early Wilton settlers did.
    • Woodcock Nature Center – Meadow-habitat activities for children; an alternative to the Wilton Nature Center’s wetland habitat.
    • The American Chestnut Society will plant and cross breed trees to develop disease-resistant Chestnuts, once a dominant tree in our area, but wiped out by blight.
  • Preserving this land will maintain the natural character of 1,000 feet of road frontage on Ridgefield Road, the longest of three State Scenic Roads in Fairfield County.

The Wilton Woman’s Club Annual Fundraiser is a celebrated event each spring, and usually sells out every year. It includes a lunch and fashion show that features club members modeling current trends in fashion with spring styles from Lord & Taylor. The event will feature a drawing for two tickets to see Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, as well as a silent auction

Last year, through the annual Luncheon, the Wilton Woman’s Club raised $44,000 for its 2018 beneficiaries, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the Wilton Domestic Violent Task Force. The DVCC used its donation of $20,000 for its work providing a safe house for victims and for medical and legal advocacy, counseling and job support. The Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force used its donation of $24,000 to implement the “Agent of Change Curriculum” in Wilton schools, to challenge gender roles and stereotypes as well as to help create an open and respectful cultural environment. The funding also enabled the Task Force to hire a speaker in conjunction with the Wilton Youth Council and Weston Youth Council to educate parents in both communities about sexting and pornography.

The event is made possible through generous support of this year’s sponsors:  Bankwell in Wilton, Price Financial, The Toll Family Fund, and Fairfield County Bank. GOOD Morning Wilton is the event’s media sponsor.

Tickets may be purchased on the Woman’s Club website.

The Wilton Woman’s Club was founded in 1966 by a group of women led by Betty Sternad, who had a vision for serving people and groups in Wilton and the surrounding communities by giving back through philanthropy, education and strengthening the bonds between women.