Dan Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank, shares his thoughts on a longtime partnership with Near & Far Aid as Title Sponsor of The Golf Classic.
On September 16, Near & Far Aid held its annual meeting at Southport’s Pequot Library. Throughout the year, Near & Far Aid has granted $1,012,500 to 100 non profit agencies in Fairfield County that provide a broad spectrum of aid to men, women and children suffering the effects of poverty. The meeting concluded with the announcement of the newest additions to the Board of Directors. Near & Far Aid is excited to welcome these most deserving and inspiring ladies, Near & Far Aid past President Elizabeth Fath, Emily Gordon, Katia Mead and Kelly Scinto. This is sure to be an exciting year!
On Thursday May 29th, over 60 volunteers to Near & Far Aid gathered at Artisan restaurant in Southport for a luncheon to welcome and thank its newest volunteers. The passion, energy and talent of volunteers is the core strength of N&FA and the enthusiasm for working on behalf of the local community was palpable. Another successful year of event fundraising recently wrapped for the organization and the volunteer corps present at the luncheon celebrated those successes and the impact the funds raised will have on the community. It was a beautiful afternoon filled with good food, festive surroundings, and most importantly friends new and old. There are so many ways to get involved and anyone is welcome. For volunteering opportunities please visit www.nearandfaraid.org
FAIRFIELD, Conn — Lovers of fine architecture and design, and admirers of all things beautiful can once again delight in Near & Far Aid’s upcoming Designer House Tour, a unique opportunity to visit several homes in Fairfield, Southport and Westport that reflect a variety of architectural and visionary decorating styles.
The 2014 Designer House Tour, set for Friday, May 2nd, continues Near & Far Aid’s tradition of community giving. Each of the outstanding homes selected for the House Tour is based on premier décor, architecture and geography — all exhibit extraordinary splendor and uniqueness.
The House Tour has a rich history, dating back to 1977. It was an integral part of Near & Far Aid’s flagship fundraising event of that time, the Southport-Westport Antiques Show, which commenced in 1965. The success of the Antiques Show, considered one of the five top shows in the country, quickly contributed enormously to Near & Far Aid’s fund-granting ability, and the House Tour added a great deal to its weekend-long appeal as a “must see” event. The definitive theme to that first tour was the history of Southport as seen through the houses in and around this charming village. In subsequent years, this tour was expanded to include homes in Greenfield Hill section of Fairfield and Westport.
Scores of volunteers have been busy preparing for the celebrated House Tour. Tickets for the event are available online at WWW.NEARANDFARAID.ORG/EVENTS.
“We are extremely excited about the upcoming House Tour, and all of the volunteers helping Near & Far Aid have been working in earnest to make this year’s event the best ever. It is always inspiring to see so many talented people and designers collaborate to showcase innovative homes,” said Near & Far Aid president Bitsy Higgins of Westport. “As always, we are especially grateful to the homeowners who so generously open their homes and to our sponsors who make this day possible.”
The 2014 Near & Far Aid Designer House Tour: “Celebrating the Art of Living,” offers patrons an extraordinary opportunity to have a private view inside many of the most prestigious properties in Fairfield County, where each moment of life, the important occasions, and the simple, every day events are surrounded by imagination, beauty, style and vision.
To open the day’s event, Near & Far Aid will host a pre-tour breakfast at the Patterson Club in Fairfield where internationally acclaimed interior designer and textile designer Kathryn M. Ireland will dazzle the audience with a discussion on style and design. Her signature style has been described as ‘comfortable, bohemian, and family friendly with large doses of color and a lack of orthodoxy’. Ireland’s fabrics are distributed across the United States and her work has been published internationally including features in People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Architectural Digest among others.
To culminate another successful tour, Near & Far Aid will host its celebratory party, “Toast the Tour” at the Fairfield Hunt Club. The celebration will be held under a Sperry sailcloth tent on the polo field and will feature a Luxury Car Show presented by Miller Motorcars, savory hors d’oeuvres, top shelf martini and champagne stations as well as specialty hand rolled cigars.
FAIRFIELD, CONN– Fairfield-based philanthropic group, Near & Far Aid, was bestowed with the Community Impact Award by the Planned Parenthood of Southern Connecticut during the organization’s Spring Luncheon on April 9th.
Near & Far Aid has been working with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England for nearly twenty years as the all-volunteer organization is committed to helping low-income patients access affordable, high-quality reproductive healthcare in the Bridgeport and Stamford health centers.
The Fund for Access program addresses the immediate needs of underserved clients, while at the same time laying the foundation for lasting change in our community. These are the basic principles of Near & Far Aid’s mission – eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. Near & Far Aid has a 60-year history in Fairfield County, and since 2000, it has committed over $13 million to improve the lives of men, women and children suffering the effects of poverty.
February 3, 2014 – For Near & Far Aid’s Annual Spring Gala, nothing less than a bash to rival the biggest in Hollywood will do. And so it will be on February 28th when the annual event comes to Mitchells of Westport, for an event guaranteed to go a long way toward Near & Far Aid’s vision of targeting poverty and changing lives in Fairfield County. With a cast, crew and, most importantly, cause guaranteed to create a spectacular evening of giving, Near & Far Aid invites you to walk the red carpet and celebrate the Oscars with them at their biggest fundraiser of the year.
Co-chaired by Sarah Hale of Norwalk and Mary Thornton of Fairfield, the 2014 Gala promises all the festivities it has come to be known for, and so much more. While Oscar gowns are not required for guests, an amazing Red Carpet fashion show will showcase spring’s hottest designs. Delicious Oscar-inspired cuisine will be prepared by Festivities of Norwalk, signature cocktails will be flowing and the annual silent, live and rare wine auctions will be stocked with unique experiences, luxury holidays and one-of-a kind items. New this year, however, is BidPal, a technology that allows guests to bid on and closely monitor their favorite auction items from a handheld device for the duration of the auction. With BidPal, Gala ticketholders can also preview the auction catalogue on the Near & Far website and place bids on select items prior to the big event. On the 28th, bidders will be able to enjoy the festivities without concern, since BidPal alerts them right away if someone has outbid them on their favorite items.
Co-chair Sarah Hale was the driving force behind bringing BidPal to this year’s event. “BidPal is truly revolutionizing charitable fundraising. Guests will have the ability to contribute in any way that is comfortable for them. Any time, anywhere, from any point in Mitchells throughout the evening. The interface on the device is comparable to a smartphone so guests will have fun tracking their bids and won’t lose site of items on which they have their hearts set. This will be a game changer for Near & Far Aid and all our Gala guests!”
The live auction portion of the evening, always hugely popular and highlighted by truly special, often priceless items, will be presented by Masters of Ceremony Alisyn Camerota of Fox’s America’s News Headquarters and Dancing with the Stars Allstars champion Tony Dovolani. Live auction items have historically drawn very generous bids contributing to the evening’s great success, and this year will be no different. In addition to a vast array of silent auction items, Gala guests will have the opportunity to bid on a spectacular trip to London (including Wimbledon tickets and a Victoria Beckham dress) or an Italy excursion featuring a tour of the Brunello Cuccinelli Vineyards, to name two, in the much-anticipated live version. And there is one more reason to bid big this year.
“Near & Far Aid is very pleased to announce an anonymous donor has come forward to generously match the live auction and direct giving portion of the evening up to $150,000. We are inspired the by commitment of our donors and this gift in particular is a resounding endorsement of the effectiveness of Near & Far Aid’s mission to eliminate the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. We are honored and humbled by their generosity, ” said Bitsy Higgins, President of Near & Far Aid.
The excitement of Gala doesn’t stop with its fabulous auction items and an innovative new way to bid on them, however – this year the party will also feature live music and dancing. A DJ, followed by The Jay Prince Band, will play from the first red carpet entrances until the credits roll, creating a more festive atmosphere than ever before. Co-chair Mary Thornton promises this new twist will give Gala an especially vibrant feel.
“We are excited about hosting Fairfield County’s own Oscar Party! We have lots of Hollywood surprises in store along with a fabulous menu from Festivities, and the Jay Prince band will ensure our guests can dance the night away. Our live, silent and wine auctions offer a unique variety of items and the Mitchells’ fashion show will rival anything you’ll see on the red carpet!”
Bob Mitchell, Co-CEO of Mitchells, shares Thornton’s enthusiasm for the upcoming celebration and the organization whose efforts it benefits.
“Our family is very proud of our long term partnership with Near& Far Aid and the Spring Gala. We share a similar vision of giving back to our neediest close to home through volunteerism and financial support. We salute the many volunteers who have worked with us and become our friends. We are confident this year will be better than ever, and watch out for next year with the 20th anniversary!”
Near & Far Aid’s 2014 Spring Gala sponsors include: Title Sponsor Mitchells of Westport; Premier Sponsor Basso Capital Management; Presenting Sponsors Bank of America, U.S. Trust, Colt & Mosle LLP, Compass Group Management & Diversified Holdings, Crystal & Company, Curtis, FactSet, House of Clement, Kelly Millington Travel, LLBH Private Wealth Management, Mallet-Prevost, and Mizzen Holdings LLC; Exclusive Magazine Sponsor Westport Magazine/Moffly Media; and Exclusive Auto Sponsor Porsche of Fairfield.
Near & Far Aid is an all-volunteer organization working to end poverty in Fairfield County. Since 2000, more than $13 million has been granted to approximately 100 local non-profits who meet Near & Far Aid’s mission. For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2014 Gala, please visit www.nearandfaraid.org/events or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nearandfaraid.
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