Easter Seals Hosts Annual Crystal Ball

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crystalIt was about helping many at the Hartford Marriott Downtown Friday as the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut chapter held its 26th annual Crystal Ball.

And the way organizers were going to continue to help those who have benefited from the organization’s efforts was to raise lots of money at the affair that included live auction items, including Paris and Hawaiian vacations and a “Ferrari Experience.”

“We are hoping to break $300,000 this year,” said Dr. Allen Grouse, executive director. “Those proceeds will be used for our Autism Initiative.”

Lori Hess and Nola Zimmerman co-chair the event, while a couple of well-known Hartford-area couples served in honorary capacities.

crystal5Alan and Marcia Lazowski served as honorary corporate vice-chairs while Brad and Kathy Hoffman served as corporate co-chairs.

It was the Hoffman’s fifth night out in a row.

“I haven’t cooked at all this week,” said Kathy Hoffman about the busy schedule the two had during a week that included several non-profit fundraisers.  “On Saturday my plan is to eat at home.”

Brad Hoffman said that while the two, as well as the family’s Hoffman care dealerships, support several organizations, it never gets old and he never takes it likely.

“Tonight we will be looking for people to spend their money,” he said about the hundreds of silent and live auction items donated to boost the profit from the evening. “It’s for a good cause.”

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