It 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.
Alan 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.”
It’s a bummer when the guest of honor is a no-show but the party will go on at the Goodspeed this Saturday.
Kristen Chenoweth, who was to be the guest of honor at Saturday’s gala at The Riverhouse, is still recovering from a nasty head injury she received while on the set of The Good Wife and will not be attending as planned.
This from the Goodspeed:
“At this time, we regret to inform you that, due to her recent injuries on the set of “The Good Wife,” Kristin Chenoweth will sadly not be able to attend our gala, as she is at home recuperating. However, our show will go on as planned, with Broadway, film, and television star Alan Cumming accepting the award in her absence and a Special Tribute Performance by Tony- and Grammy-nominated composer Andrew Lippa.
Goodspeed Musicals will proudly honor the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth for her tremendous contributions to musical theatre. Actor and friend Alan Cumming will accept the The Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre on her behalf in recognition of her extraordinary career. Also that evening, Goodspeed Musicals will proudly honor the Hoffman Auto Group. They will receive the inaugural Goodspeed Musicals Arts & Business Partnership Award - an honor bestowed upon a prominent member of the Connecticut business community who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the arts and culture.”
So while she may not be there, others will and of course that means the other guests of honor, the Hoffmans, who are expected to be willing and able to accept the special partnership award. And the party will go on.