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Easter Seals Celebrates At 27th Annual Crystal Ball

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easter1Jeff Calhoun was once again the featured guest at the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut 27th annual Crystal Ball. And to the couple, it was an event they could not miss, no matter how well UConn was doing as it prepared for the Elite Eight round on Sunday.

“We are committed to the Easter Seals, they were there for us during our journey with our daughter,” said Calhoun, referring to his now 8-year-old daughter, Reese, who is autistic. “We have been fortunate in our lives,” said Calhoun.” Participating in this event and telling our story is important to us.”

The gala, chaired by Bill and Sandy Selig and senior easter2managing director/CFO of New York Life Investments David Bedard and his wife, Ellen Bedard, attracted about 300 people and raised more than $450,000 at the Marriott Hartford Downtown.

“I think sometimes people forget how many years Easter Seals has stepped up for children with serious health disabilities and the families that need support,” said Rhianna Pinero, a Hartford resident who was part of the gala crowd. “I remember my parents and grandparents supporting the Easter Seals at a time wheaster3en there were not many organizations for children with disabilities.”

Proceeds from Saturday’s ball benefited several East Seals programs including its autism initiative.

And while the night was about a good cause, the chatter was about “bleeding blue” and how UConn men would fare Sunday in the NCAA Elite Eight playoffs. And of course all you had to do was ask a Calhoun and you know you’ll get an answer.

“I went to school with Kevin and I played ball with Kevin,” easter4grinned Jeff Calhoun, referring to Kevin Ollie who succeeded Jim Calhoun as men’s head coach. “And I know you never bet against Kevin,” he said. “”Whenever they said Kevin could not do something, he went in and he did it. “ Calhoun said, alluding to opinions that UConn would be stymied in the NCAA championship climb. “Kevin gets what he wants.”

A Weekend Of Crystals, Innovative Women and Taste Of History

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The weather is supposed to be warmer (we hope!) over the next few days so getting out should be a gentle spring breeze this calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]weekend.

On Thursday, the CT Technology Council will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its “Women of Innovation” awards program.

This year’s list of 59 nominated women  includes researchers, educators, engineers, managers, and entrepreneurs who work in biotech, pharmaceuticals, software, computer hardware, advanced materials, medical deinnovavices, and Information technology.

High school, undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated extraordinary and unique achievements in their technology studies disciplines are also among the finalists. The winner in the Youth Innovation and Leadership category will receive a $4,000 scholarship from Covidien, one of the event’s presenting sponsors.

For information go here.

Don’t forget about the kids!

The Commerford Kids Fun Fair and Zoo will be at the XL Center in Hartford  March 29 and 30, starting at 10 a.m. The event includes rides, games and a chance to interact with animals including elephants and camels. Admission is $15. Rides and other vendors inside the show are an additional cost.

Free children’s coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during event. Information: www.commerfordzoo.com or 860-491-3421.

On Saturday, the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut will host its 27th annual crystalball2Crystal Ball at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. The event will feature Jeff Calhoun, son of former UConn coach Jim Calhoun, as the keynote speaker.

Dave Bedard, Senior Managing Director and CFO of New York Life Investments and his wife Ellen, are Honorary Corporate Co-Chairs.  Joseph Zubretsky, Senior Executive Vice-President, National Businesses of Aetna is serving as Honorary Corporate Vice-Chair and Bill & Sandy Selig are serving as Honorary Committee Co-Chairs.

Proceeds will benefit the organization’s Autism Initiative.

Foreaster information go to EasterSeals.com or call 860-271-0600.

Speaking of Easter,  a sure sign of spring is the arrival of the Easter Bunny. He will be alive, well and receiving visitors at Westfarms Mall beginning March 28. The Easter bunny will be at the mall Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the Easter season.

Make-A-Wish® Connecticut will celebrate its annual “Evening of Wishes” Gala on March 29 at the Mohegan Sun.

The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conSierraditions.

The evening will feature music, dinner, dancing and exciting live and silent auction items to bid on. About 600 guests are expected to honor the event’s special guest, Wish Kid Sierra. Sierra’s granted wish by the way, to visit “Harry Potter Land” in London.

For information on the gala go here.

On Sunday, take a trip to space in a space craft simulator , just part of the New England Air Museum’s annual Space Expo  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits include demonstrations and hands-on activities, such as rocket building, designing a mission patch, donning a real space suit, meeting R2D2 and more.

Among the exhibits at the event are UTC Aerospace, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and the Aldrich Astronomical Society. NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank will also be featured. Information: 860-623-3305 and www.neam.org

Extend the weekend to Monday because you don’t want to miss the Amistad Center for Art &amis1 Culture’s  annual”Taste of History” at the Wadsworth Atheneum beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Popular chef/restaurant owner Billy Grant will be honored at the event that celebrates black history with art, food, music and more.

Information: amistadartandculture.org or call 860-838-4122.



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.”

Eat, Dance, Enjoy This Weekend Hartford!

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shostIt’s the eating extravaganza of the season Thursday, the annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation.

Famed chef and organizer Billy Grant with co-chair Angela Pitrone, along with dozens of others well-known Hartford area chefs and restaurants, will be putting their best culinary expertise on the line at Marquee Events and Catering, 960 Main St., Hartford, as guests take advantage of dine around that also includes fine wines and libations.

All proceeds benefit the organization that fights childhood hunger in Connecticut through the No Kid Hungry Connecticut Campaign, Food Share, End Hunger Connecticut and Hartford Food System. Tickets are available at the door or go to ce.strength.org

rcatsPlay ball! will be the welcomed seasonal shout-out at the New Britain Stadium Thursday where the Rock Cats will play the Portland Sea Dogs for its first home game of the season. First responders will be honored at the home opener. And the bonus besides a good game and great hot dogs… fireworks! Information: rockcats.com


goodnewsOn Friday, The Goodspeed opens its 50th anniversary season with “Good News” Among the special guests at the opening night of the East Haddam theater’s golden anniversary will be one former actress who was in the theater’s first production. Get ticket information at goodspeed.org or 860-873-8668.


crystal_ball_20131662442[1]Also on Friday, The Easter Seals will hold its Crystal Ball at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The black tie dinner dance benefits the organization’s Autism Initiative. Honorary committee chairs are Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Mrs. Cathy Malloy.

Melissa-dArabian-10-dollar-dinners-still[1]On Saturday, Food Network and Cooking Channel star Melissa d’Arabina will be at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday at 6.m. for the annual Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation Suicide Preveniton Fundraiser.

The foundation was established in 2011 after Porco, an Andover resident, took his own life while a freshman in college. Food from all five Max Group restaurants will be featured at the event.

Go to rememberingjordan.org or call 860-904-6041 for ticket information.

And on Sunday, the Connecticut Ballet will present Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Tales” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Shows are at 2 and 4:30 p.m. and are part of is Family Series 2013. Information: connecticutballet.com