Near & Far Aid to Host Gala, March 2

Westport, CT - It’s not too late to get your hands on the hottest ticket in town! Near & Far Aid hosts their annual Gala on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Mitchells of Westport. All proceeds from the event will support Near & Far Aid’s long-standing commitment to helping those in need across Fairfield County.  Co-chaired by local business women Betsy Ewing and Lauren Healy, the 2018 Gala, titled “A Grand Affair” promises to embrace the vibrant energy and enthusiasm of the golden decade.  Mitchells will be transformed into a roaring 1920’s grand affair, overflowing with innovative style, food, champagne, Harlem jazz, entertainment and its very own late-night speakeasy.   

The purpose of the event is not lost amongst the themed décor and glittering fashion.  Near & Far Aid has more than a 60-year legacy in Fairfield County of funding programs and agencies that provide day-to-day needs, as well as long-term solutions for breaking the cycle of poverty.  Kim Meier, President of Near & Far Aid explains, “Providing a pathway out of poverty for our neighbors working to survive is our focus.  The generous support of our donors and patrons enables us to grant more than $1 million annually to this effort.  We are especially grateful for our 23-year partnership with the Mitchell family, without whom this Gala would not be possible.”   

Essential to the evening’s fundraising is the extensive silent auction catalog that includes an abundance of unique items and experiences, including a private tea at Tiffany’s in New York City, two nights/two rounds of golf at The Breakers in Palm Beach, a three-night escape to Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in southern California, Sea Island golf get-away, center orchestra seats and backstage tour to Hello, Dolly! on Broadway and much more!  Indulge with bountiful offerings from New Beauty Wellness, JoyRide and Blow Dry salon offering a year of blow outs!  For the family, exclusive packages include early access and animal feeding at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and VIP packages for your favorite professional sports teams in the New York and Boston area. 

The live auction will be presented by TV personality David Price and professional auctioneer Elyse Luray, and will showcase invigorating culinary experiences, opulent trips and once-in-a-lifetime events, including a weekend in Lexington attending the Kentucky Derby and another in London with Centre Court seats to the Ladies Finals at Wimbledon, capped off with a Manolo Blahnik experience only Carrie Bradshaw could dream of.  Montana, Italy, Costa Rica and Napa round out the luxury travel packages.  A crowning jewel in the slate of impossible-to-buy offerings is the coveted reservation for six at the famed Rao’s in Harlem. Near & Far Aid takes pride in procuring many priceless donations for their exquisitely curated auction catalog year after year.   

Since 2000, Near & Far Aid, an all-volunteer organization, has granted over $17 million to 100+ community organizations and programs in Fairfield County helping those less fortunate.  Guided and supported by a talented board of directors and network of generous corporate and individual sponsors, Near & Far Aid is especially grateful to the Mitchell family and our 2018 Host Committee

for their unwavering support and sponsorship of Gala.  Other notable sponsors of Gala 2018 include Basso Capital Management, L.P., Jaguar Land Rover Fairfield, Tiffany & Co, Bank of America, Coastal Bridge Advisors, The Compass Group, Connecticut Distributors Inc., Jackson Family Wines, New Beauty Wellness and Moffly Media.

Tickets for Near & Far Aid’s Gala may be purchased here or at nearandfaraid.org.

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