Even Storm Sandy Can’t Keep A Good Party (Or Parade) Down

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As Connecticut cleans up and plugs back in  following Hurricane Sandy, the partying around here doesn’t miss a beat.

This weekend includes a host of choices ranging from the state’s premiere women’s forum and upscale tag sales to awards dinners, fundraisers and the Veterans Day Parade in Hartford.

On Thursday, the annual “Business Women’s Forum,” the longest-running, full-day annual conference for women, will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Featured speakers at the event include Elizabeth Vargas, award-winning ABC 20/20 anchor, former Disney exec , author and motivational speaker Dennis Snow and UCONN coach Chris Dailey. Theme this year is “Winning Strategies for Business Professionals” and includes workshops and a luncheon. Call 203-757-0701 for ticket information.

The Urban League of Greater Hartford,Inc. will posthumously honor its former president Dr. Bill Brown at its Equal Opportunity Day  “Stompin At The Savoy” dinner Friday at the Hartford Marriott. Also being honored is the Iron Workers Local No. 15. Information: 860-527-0147.

Also on Friday , the Wadsworth Atheneum’s POSH sale opens at the Design Center in Hartford, a high-end tag sale featuring exclusive clothes and accessories with proceeds benefiting its  Costume & Textile Society’s programs. Friday’s private party is for members who pay the $60 sneak peek admission, but is then open Saturday and Sunday for the public. Admission is free. For more information go to www.wadsworth.org   

On  Saturday, it’s  Gifts of Love “Fire and Ice Gala,” a fundraiser benefiting the organization’s food and nutrition programs as well as other programs for families in need. The event will be held  at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury and includes wine and beer tastings, gourmet food stations, dancing and a fashion show. Tickets are $75 a person. For information go to giftsoflove.org.

New England’s largest salute to veterans will take place Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the 2012 “Connecticut Veterans Parade” in Hartford. The 13th annual parade will step off near the State Capitol Building.

“This parade is a very poignant tribute to the dedicated servicemen and women of all conflicts who stepped forward so we that can continue to enjoy our freedom,” said Paul F. Pendergast, President of the Connecticut Veterans Parade and a U.S. Air Force veteran. “We encourage people from all corners of Connecticut and beyond to come line the streets and say ‘Thank You’ for their sacrifices.”

There will be a  1:30 p.m. Moment of Silence when the parade pauses in observance of veterans who died while serving their country. A Wreath-Laying Ceremony to remember veterans will be held at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at 11:30 a.m., before the parade. the 2012 parade grand marshal is Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea of Brookfield, a veteran of the U.S. Marines who runs the University of Connecticut’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, and is director of veterans’ outreach and support for UConn’s Graduate School of Business.  The three honorary grand marshals are Capt. Dori Zink Freer of Shelton, flight officer Connie Nappier of New Britain and Maj. Frank A. Tantillo of Tolland.



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