Sponsors of Gifts of Love’s annual fundraiser convened at the Gifts of Love office to meet one another prior to the November 3rd Fire & Ice Gala benefit, to tour the space and see firsthand what Gifts of Love is doing to address issues of food insecurity and financial distress among working families and individuals in the Greater Hartford region as well within its own Farmington Valley towns.
The gala is presented by The Shoppes at Farmington Valley. Additional event sponsors include: First Niagara Bank, ENE Realty Associates, Carmon Community Funeral Homes, Mitchell Auto Group, People’s United Bank, Law Offices of Kirk Tavtigian, The McGovern Granite Company, Weber Computer Consulting, Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Patricia Longobardi, and other local businesses. The Hair Loft is the event’s champagne sponsor.
“Gifts of Love would not be able to assist the number of families we serve, nor to degree that we are able to meet their basic needs, without the backing of our community. I am so proud to stand side by side with our sponsors who are stepping up to support our biggest fundraiser of the year. They truly care about our neighbors in need, about sustaining Gifts of Love’s programs and services, and many of them have been with us every step of the way. We truly appreciate this opportunity to partner with them for a fun evening that will help so many who are hard-working but can’t make ends meet in these difficult economic times,” observed Diana Goode, Gifts of Love’s Executive Director.
Gifts of Love will host its annual gala benefit on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury. The “Fire & Ice”-themed event will feature entertainment, live and silent auctions, a photo booth, celebrity chef stations including Dish-n-Dat, Abigail’s, The Republic, The Meat House, Cake Gypsy, Ben & Jerry’s, as well as complimentary champagne, Avon Wine & Spirits wine tasting, Thomas Hooker microbrew tasting, a cash bar with signature cocktails, performance artistsfrom A Dancer's Palette, Salsa demonstration by Steps In Time, and dancing to the live music of local band, Poor Gordon. John Carmon will serve as the event’s auctioneer. The event will also include a drawing for a $500 shopping spree at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley.
All proceeds will benefit Gifts of Love’s food and nutrition programs, including its food pantry and Weekend Food Backpack Program for children, as well as its clothing, household items and furniture programs.
Tickets are $75 per person, and VIP Tables for Six are $450. Tickets are available for purchase at the Gifts of Love office, 35 East Main Street, Avon, by calling (860) 676-2323, online: www.giftsoflovect.org (click on the “Donate Now” button), and from gala committee members.