The Darien Arts Center held its 2014 fundraiser event, Get Jazzed, on Saturday, June 28. The night was a festive jazz cabaret evening with the very talented Jazzical Trio and cabaret singer, Liz Callaway. After a cocktail hour, the entertainment was launched by a videotaped introduction by the event's honorary chairman, Alan Menken, who played the piano and sang some of his memorable Broadway tunes. He welcomed the crowd, paid tribute to our longtime benefactor, Marion Weatherstone, and spoke about the importance of nurturing creativity.
Jazzical band leader Joel A. Martin set the tone with his effervescent personality and lively music and Liz Callaway added the elegance with her beautiful voice. The event, catered by Bash Event Planning, also featured an amazing silent auction which helped raise funds to pay for ongoing visual and performing arts programs and special events for people of all ages in our community.
This year, we were fortunate to have the patronage of many local sponsors and supporters. A special thank you to our generous entertainment sponsors Maureen and Edwin Schloss and our supporting event sponsors: Two Roads Brewery; Christine and Peter Bang; Julie and Scott Johnston; Diane and Leo Schlinkert; Lisa and Peter Thoren; Abbie Van Nostrand; and Kitty and Tom Wynne. We'd also like to thank all the individuals and businesses that donated to our silent auction, including: Downunder Kayaking; Rowayton Market; Pratello Country Resort; Anne and John Geissinger; Julie and Scott Johnston; Karen Calby; Ben Larrabee Photography; Gingerbitz; Lanphier Day Spa and Salon; Andrea Bonfils; David Newman; Alan Menken; Warner Brothers Animation; Williams & Co.; David Harvey Jewelers; Timothy Macdonald; Billy Sullivan and Anna Menken; Drivers Unlimited; Jeff Clark; Brooks Brothers; Diane and Leo Schlinkert; Two Roads Brewing Company; J&R Tours; Mama Carmela's; Chelsea Piers; Bash Catering; Mary and Lew Green; Steve Dane; Stamford Veterinary Center; and My Exclusive Concierge.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to our many volunteers and all those who attended our Get Jazzed fundraiser or supported the event. We couldn't have done it without you.
The Darien Arts Center's fiscal year ends on July 31. If you haven't contributed this year, please consider becoming a supporter of the Darien Arts Center.
Joan M. Carlo