As we prepare for the Gala, and excitingly ready for an evening filled with memories, fun and style, it’s important to pause and remember the great accomplishments that Near & Far Aid has shepherded throughout the years
- Near & Far Aid provides funding for agencies and programs that address the causes and effects of poverty right here in Fairfield County.
- Since the year 2000, Near & Far Aid has raised and granted over $15 million to more than 100 Fairfield County non-profit agencies working to improve the lives of children, families and individuals living in poverty.
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Tickets to Near & Far Aid’s Spring Gala On sale NOW!
Near & Far Aid Spring Gala 2016 is Friday, March 4th @ 7pm. Premium seating for the live auction & fashion show is $400, and tickets for standing room only are $350. To purchase visit nearandfaraid.org
Limited seating! Do not wait and miss out on all of the fun! Be a Voice of Hope! Help us target poverty and change lives in Fairfield County! | LIVE | SILENT, FINE WINE AUCTIONS | COCKTAILS | HOR’S D’OEUVRES | STANDING DINNER, ending with Rubix Kube an 80’s TRIBUTE BAND and a dance party with all of your friends!
A full field of golfers assembled on September 28th sporting both eye-catching and classic outfits in the spirit of fun and community to raise funds for Near & Far Aid at the annual Golf Classic. Long-time Title Sponsor Fairfield County Bank led the field of more than 18 sponsors and 100 golfers supporting the event.
When asked about Fairfield County Bank’s nine year partnership with The Near & Far Aid Golf Classic, President Dan Berta said, “It is has been our pleasure to support the Near & Far golf outing for years. We are proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization and it is great to see all the good they do for our community.”
After enjoying a BBQ lunch compliments of long-time sponsors The Russell Agency and Chubb Insurance, the golfers set out to enjoy a picture-perfect day of spirited competition. Scores of volunteers dotted the course to run contests including the chance to win a Land Rover Sport with a “Hole in One” sponsored by Land Rover Milford. The silent auction boards were chock full of bidding on rounds of golf at exceptional courses and 20 golfers “Beat the Pro” while trying to win the Longest Drive contest. Both golfers and volunteers celebrated the end of a glorious day at a cocktail party sponsored by George Comfort & Sons with an awards presentation that included the inaugural “Out of the Box” golf wear prize.
Near & Far Aid extends a heartfelt thanks to all the golfers, sponsors and volunteers who made this years Golf Classic an out of the box success. Start planning your out of the box ensemble for next year’s event, scheduled for September 26, 2016.
2015 Golf Classic Results:
- Low Gross: Kevin McHugh, Rich Pinksy, Mike Chamberlain, Dave Ross
- 2nd Low Gross: Tom Ryan, Don Duffy, Brendon Frey, Sam Gault
- Low Net: Ryan Ambrifi, Amy Tambini Rothman, Josh Rothman, Bob Kelm
- 2nd Net: Neil Gabrielle, John Mathews, Robby Mulligan, Kevin Owens
- 3rd Net: Neil Hauck, Robert Cardello. Scott Hobbs, Melissa Norton
- Putting Contest Sponsored by Steve & Joan Panagos: Chris Ryan – Holed the Put!
- Longest Drive Women: Amy Tambini Rothman
- Longest Drive Men: Nick Carleson
- Closest to the Pin Sponsored by Katia & Robert Mead: Rich Pinsky
- Out of the Box Golf Wear: Kevin Owens
For a full list of 2015 Near & Far Aid Golf Classic Sponsors, please visit the event page on our website www.nearandfaraid.org
In memory of the founder of the Near & Far Aid Association, the Jeannie Fay Award is granted at the discretion of the Board to volunteers who, without previous formal recognition, have served selflessly for at least ten years and demonstrated outstanding dedication to furthering the work of Near & Far Aid. The recipients are recognized for being instrumental in supporting the fundraising activities of the organization and also for long dedicated service which has impacted our success and growth.
This year’s award honors Nancy Wasserman for her willingness to step in and step up wherever needed. From event to event, she has worked in many different capacities, to calmly and efficiently get the job done. She is a loyal member of the Near & Far Aid team and we are in awe of her commitment and dedication. The 2015 Jeannie Fay Award was presented to Nancy at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon this May at the Artisan Restaurant in Southport.
“After being on the board of A Child’s Place in Westport and meeting so many wonderful women there planning events and raising money, I wanted to take my fundraising efforts to a bigger/broader cause beyond my children’s pre-school. Near & Far Aid presented that opportunity. My dearest friends were getting involved with the Near & Far Aid Gala and invited me to join them in their efforts.
Gala had such an amazing group of women and was such a fun and successful event to work on, that I could not wait to get involved in other Near & Far Aid events.
After a few seasons of working on the Mitchell’s Gala, I helped design the House Tour program book and coordinated advertising sales. After several seasons of volunteering on the House Tour, I thought it would be a new experience to work on the annual Golf Classic tournament in the same capacity.
It has been a fantastic and rewarding experience to donate my time to such a worthy cause, and I look forward to continuing on future events that help raise money for those in need in Fairfield County, where I have lived for the last 17 years.
Thank you Near & Far Aid! I am so honored to be the 2015 recipient of the Jeannie Fay award.”
Among one of the most recognizable names in the world of design, Alexa Hampton will grace the audience at the upcoming Near & Far Aid Designer House Tour Breakfast with her creative insights, passion and stunning aesthetic.
The breakfast, which is a prelude to Near & Far Aid’s celebrated Designer House Tour, will take place on May 8th at the Patterson Club from 9 AM to 10:30 AM, and tickets are $75.
Alexa Hampton is the President and head designer of Mark Hampton LLC, a firm founded by her father in 1976. During his tenure at the helm of the firm, Mark Hampton was designated by journalists as an ‘Icon of American Design’ and was posthumously celebrated by Architectural Digest in 2010 as one of ‘The World’s Twenty Greatest Designers of All Time.’ Similarly, Alexa Hampton has become a designer superstar in her right since she took over the ownership and design leadership of the world famous firm in 1998.
Over the years, Hampton’s work has been featured in many national and regional shelter and design magazines. She designs with a distinctly European flavor, expertly portraying subtlety and warmth as well as integrating classical and contemporary elements. This month’s Architectural Digest, features Hampton’s own newly renovated New York City family apartment, decorated with rich colors and lively patterns.
Vanessa Dembrowski, Jennifer Agne and Elizabeth Emmott of Fairfield are the co-chairs of the Designer Breakfast. “We are thrilled to have such an icon of the design world speak at our event” said Dembrowski. “Known for her mixture of historical elements, classic pieces and modern styling, Hampton has enriched and innovated the language of interior design, earning all her recognition.”
Hampton is also the author of two critically praised books: The Language of Interior Design, and Decorating in Detail. She will be available for a book signing of her recent book, Decorating in Detail, after the presentation.
Purchase tickets at www.nearandfaraid.org
An individual of many talents — from serving the greater community as a long-time volunteer to her professional work as a purveyor of a one-of-a-kind British tea catering service, Carol Timpanelli is at the helm of this year’s Designer House Tour. Timpanelli, a Trumbull resident, has spent many years dedicated to the arts and many philanthropic endeavors.
While Timpanelli’s husband Paul was First Selectman of the Town of Trumbull from 1980 to 1987, Timpanelli founded the Trumbull Arts Commission, Trumbull’s Arts Festival and Literary Competition and the Christmas Candle Light and Scarf Night. A lover of arts, she also designed an art gallery inside the Town Hall Annex, and commissioned a mural to illustrate the history of the Town.
Committed to the greater good of Fairfield County, she has also served on the boards of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony; Downtown Bridgeport Cabaret Theatre; the Polka Dot Theatre; the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival; and the Trumbull Arts Commission.
Timpanelli, a creative force in the world of entertaining, founded the Royal Tea Company, an English Tea catering service in 1989. The Royal Tea Company has catered for such luminaries like Martha Stewart, Embassies to the United Nations, The American Ballet Theatre, The Society of Dutch Danes and many others. Timpanelli’s Royal Tea Company has been featured on the BCC Breakfast, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Greenwich Times and many other renowned publications.
Recently, Near & Far Aid volunteer Alexis Harrison interviewed Timpanelli to learn more about her, and hear what she’s looking forward to during this year’s tour
Question: How long have you been involved with Near & Far Aid?
Answer: About six years ago, my friend Joan Panagos, who is Vice President of Near & Far Aid, asked me to be a hostess for a house where she was the captain, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it was such a pleasure to volunteer a few hours in a stunning home with other wonderful women. I left feeling that I contributed to an important cause even in a small way.
The year after that I was asked to be a house captain, and then the following year, I was asked to serve as the house captain coordinator, and I did that for three years. Last year, I took a lesser role because of several obligations I had, and I was just a greeter at one of the houses, which is really my favorite thing to do because you get to talk to everyone and hear which houses they liked on the tour. Then I thought maybe, I’ll be a greeter again this year but very unexpectedly, I was asked to be the House Tour Chair which is a tremendous honor. Near & Far Aid is composed of talented, very smart and generous people who are dedicated to helping our community and I’m happy to play a role in one their major fundraising events.
What’s different about this year’s House Tour?
Answer: In a few words – we have six homes this year! We traditionally have always had five but this year we are lucky enough to have six. I am not going to give it all away here as you have to come and see them for yourself but one dates back to 1791. It has wide chestnut floor boards and beamed ceilings, and you will be in awe once you step inside. It’s a gem. Also, this year’s tour mirrors a national trend – the popularity of smaller homes. We are featuring two smaller homes and one condominium. One of the smaller houses has glorious panoramic views of the beach in Westport, and the other is a charming cottage. Of course, we also have two magnificent large homes which are inspiring and grand.
Question: What are you looking forward to the most during the tour?
Answer: To be honest, I am looking forward to thoroughly enjoying every part of the day! We’re going to be kicking off the morning with the Designer Breakfast at the Patterson Club in Fairfield where renowned designer Alexa Hampton will be the guest speaker, and given her stature, she promises to dazzle the audience. The House Tour has evolved into a very special event, and an annual destination for patrons. It is a day spent getting an inside look of beautifully designed and unique homes while helping organizations and charities that Near & Far Aid supports. It’s truly win-win!
Question: The House Tour takes many months of planning, scores of dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors. What surprises you the most?
Answer: I am amazed at how the house tour truly engages our whole community year after year. It requires hundreds of hours over many months to create this special day. There are about ten different sub-committees from flower arrangement to publicity and house selection, and so many more, and I am in awe of the dedication and professionalism each person brings to Near & Far Aid. It takes 200 volunteers just to host the houses! We’re lucky to have such a fine group of people from various towns in Fairfield County who are willing to serve, and likewise, we have generous sponsors who also make this day a reality.
Question: Last year, the Toast the Tour cocktail party was at the Fairfield County Hunt Club for the first time. Where will it be held this year?
Answer: Last year’s Toast the Tour party was immensely popular and a lot of fun at the Hunt Club that we decided to hold it again at the club. The sprawling lawn is spectacular and serves as the perfect backdrop for the luxury car show that will also takes place during the party. The car show was a hit and it’s quite exciting to see a variety of exotic cars. The food is absolutely savory and divine, the libations are abundant and it’s a perfect way to celebrate the House Tour.
Please Join Near & Far Aid for the 20th Anniversary of The Spring Gala at Mitchells
Sara Bareilles in Concert for The Spring Gala 20th Anniversary!
GALA AUCTION PREVIEW:
Don’t wait to purchase your tickets as seating is limited for this very special concert event and Gala celebration. It’s our 20th Anniversary and the festivities and auction are worthy of our special platinum celebration. Please join us for this very special evening and Be A Voice of Hope for those living in poverty in Fairfield County.