Near & Far Aid to hold 21st annual Voices of Hope Gala

On Friday, March 4, Near & Far Aid will host its 21st annual spring gala to raise funds granted by the charity to Fairfield County’s poverty-fighting organizations. The event will take place at the flagship Mitchells store in Westport. As part of the ongoing theme of Voices of Hope, the gala also will focus on the stories of the individuals served and the agencies that Near & Far Aid funds throughout the year.

“The Near & Far Aid Gala at Mitchells is going to be a fabulous party this year with a great band, dancing, delicious food and drinks and the best auction anywhere,” said Joan Panagos, president of Near & Far Aid. “It is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the money we raise goes to help fund programs that fight poverty and improve the lives of those in need in Fairfield County.”

The Near & Far Aid Spring Gala at Mitchells will feature a standing dinner, festive signature cocktails, plus a preview of the best spring fashions during a live runway fashion show. In addition, attendees may bid on one-of-a-kind items, luxury holidays and unique experiences, such as: VIP tickets to the 2016 Wimbledon’s Ladies Finals with luxurious hotel accommodations and an exclusive fashion experience; 2016 Jingle Ball tickets; a year of unlimited dry cleaning from Fabricare Cleaners; four club seats to a New England Patriots game; four tickets to the Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles; A Handbag for Every Season provided by Mitchells of Westport; and a trip to surf camp in Costa Rica, at the silent, live and fine wine auctions.

Guests may also dance to the music of cover band Rubix Kube, the “galaxy’s most original ‘80s tribute band,” which has been featured on The Today Show and FOX News, and counts Kelly Ripa, Bret Michaels and Katie Couric among their devoted fans.

“As a family we strongly believe in giving back to the community and that is why our Near & Far Aid partnership is synergistic, said Bob Mitchell, Co-CEO of Mitchells of Westport. We truly appreciate all the hard work of everyone in the organization.”

About Near & Far Aid

Near & Far Aid provides funding for agencies and programs in Fairfield County that are working to break the cycle of poverty. We work with other community leaders and funders to forge partnerships with a common goal of strengthening our community. For more than 60 years, Near & Far Aid has remained an all-volunteer organization, currently working with more than 100 local agencies that address the causes and effects of poverty, and has granted over $15 million since 2000.

Near & Far Aid 2016 Gala Sponsors include: Title Sponsor: Mitchells of Westport, Legend Sponsors: Basso Capital Management and R.D. Scinto, Premiere Sponsor: Land Rover Jaguar of Milford, Presenting Sponsors: Bank of America, U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management, Connecticut Distributors, Convergex – Lauren Kelly Weiss, FactSet, LLBH Private Wealth Management, Robinson + Cole, and The Compass Group. Leader Sponsors: Avi & Liz Kaner, Betsy Ewing, Broder & Orland LLC, Crystal & Company, Gilles Clement Designs Westport, Google, Milberg Factors, Inc., and Thomson Reuters. Magazine Sponsor Moffly Media| Westport Magazine.

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