It’s that time of year again. The time when some of the area’s largest non-profits and community organizations host their biggest galas, signature fundraisers that have become part of the spring season in the Hartford area.
Missing from the line-up this spring however will be Real Art Ways annual “Odd Ball,” one of the area’s most creative and well-attended fundraisers.
“It’s time for a change,” said RAW executive director Will K.Wilkins about the decision to end the four-year-old annual event that included wild costumes, entertainment and eclectic vibe. “The Odd Ball was a wonderful party but it wasn’t growing anymore so we put our heads together to come up with another fundraising idea.”
RAW has traditionally held a major fundraiser each year. Before the “Odd Ball” is was the “Real pARTy” that included a popular art grab as part of the fun.
But the thinkers at the Arbor Street gallery/theater have come up with another idea when it comes to partying for the profits needed to run the arts mecca .
It’s a resurrection of sorts, a bigger and better “Realie” awards gala designed to honor four people who have had a significant impact on RAW.
The idea was hatched 2011 when Connecticut’s secretary of state Denise Merrill, inventor Howard Fromson, businessman Henry Zachs and artist Pepon Osorio were honored.
This year’s event is tentatively scheduled for September.