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Stepping Up For Interval House

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interv1The reason Interval House exists is devastating, but the upside is there has been decades of help for women who are victims of domestic abuse.

And the fact it’s there, is the reason the non-profit and its supporters did some celebrating Saturday night in Hartford.

It was its annual “Step Up and Step Out” gala, and there was plenty of stepping out in high heels and beyond at the gala at The Society Room. Longtime executive director Cecile Enrico, herself once a victim of domestic violence, along with WTIC radio and Fox Ct meteorologist Joe Furey got the party started by hosting the red carpet welcome to the event.

And once inside, there were a lot of smiles as those who attended helping raise the $100,000 the non-profit was hoping to net from the fundraiser that include dinner, dancing and auctions.

Among those at the party were special guests including U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, CT Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra,  WFSB’s Joe Zone, NBC Ct’s  Brad Drazen and WTIC radio’s Joe D’Ambrosio.

And then there were the Connecticut Calendar Girlz, “broads” who go above and beyondinterv2 when it comes to supporting Interval House each year.

The “girlz” put together a calendar every year to benefit the non-profit, a calendar with volunteer models putting their best foot, and some other body parts, forward in outfits reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s.

“This is our third year for a calendar,” said member Pia O’Halloran, noting the call for monthly pin-ups will soon be going out for the 2015 edition. “It’s our way of doing something more.”

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Celebrate May’s Last Weekend Hartford!

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Where did the month go? May is nearly done and only blue skies, sunshine and summer to lookcalendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] forward to as we wait for June, July and August to arrive.

But let’s not shortchange these last days of May. There are plenty of choices when it comes to getting out before the month changes again.

On Friday, “living legend”  and Grammy award winner Tony Bennett will be at The Bushnell belting out the classics that have made him one of the most popular and talented singers of the past 50+ years.

tonyBennett will be performing with his daughter Antonia Bennett in the show featuring his hits like  “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “Rags to Riches”  and “Who Can I Turn To.” Tickets are $59 to $129. for information go to  bushnell.org or call  860-987-6000

Also on Friday, head to The Pond House Café for the 5th Annual Rainbow Ball Masquerade from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.  For more information go here.

The evening includes food, entertainment and fun with all proceeds going to CLARO, a non-profit organization promoting homophobia and heterosexism policy and education.

Saturday is a day for dancing and art and good causes.

Interval House, the non-profit providing assistance to victims of domestic abuse, will hold its annual interval“Step Up and Step Out” benefit  at The Society Room in Hartford. The black tie event includes a red carpet welcomes, wine-paired dinner,  and auction benefiting the agency and its work. Get ticket information here.

Saturday also marks the fifth  annual “Art for Aids” party, benefiting  AIDS Connecticut, with a portion going to ACT’s permanent endowment, The Richard B. Fried Fund, administered by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The evening includes the “art grab” allowing each guest to take home an original 12′ by 12′ canvas,artforaids as well as music, food, art and more. There is also an art show sale.

Go here for more information.

Also on Saturday, The Hartford  Symphony Orchestra closes its 2013-2014 “Pops!”  series with “Do You Hear What The People Sing?” at 7:30 p.m. at The Bushnell.  For information go here.

All weekend you can head to Theaterworks for its new play “Love/Sick”  and Hartford Stage for its production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”




Spring Has Sprung…Get Out There Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]So many choices, so little time is the mantra for this weekend. Not only is it Mother’s Day Sunday but also a weekend of choices when it comes to theater, galas, food events and awards.

 It all starts Thursday at the Hartford Hilton where singer and tv personality Vikki Carr will be the featured guest at the 10th annual “Latinas & Power Symposium.”

More than 500 Latinas are expected at the lunch and business expo that includes seminars and networking. Information: emsbusiness.com

lipitonesAlso on Thursday, The Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre opens its first production of the season,  “The Lipitones ” the tale of a “not so traditional barbershop quartet.”  The show, part of Goodspeed’s 50th anniversary celebration,  continues through June 2 at the Chester theater. Information: goodspeed.org

The Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services will hold its 30th anniversary gala Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Ave., Hartford . First Lady Cathy Malloy will be the host committee chairwoman for the event benefiting the statewide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs. Information: connsacs.org 

On Friday from 6 to 9p.m. , head to St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, for the “Taste of the World” a benefit for Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corp. Beginning at 6 p.m. the fundraiser will include an international assortment of food, wine and beer tastings and music. Tickets are $75. Information: icshc.org 

scott-pelley[1]Also on Friday, Quinnipiac University will present is 20th Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to CBS evening news anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The award is given each year to a person “who has shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.” The award is named after Fred Friendly, a former CBS News president and champion of freedom of speech. Information: quinnipiac.edu

lundenIt’s Mother’s Day weekend and that means it is “Race In the Park ” day Saturday at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. It is the 10th anniversary for the 5K race and walk to raise money for breast cancer research, services  and programming. Held rain or shine, the day also feature food, displays and a survivor’s brunch that this year will feature Joan Lunden as the guest speaker. Information: ctraceinthepark.org

Also on Saturday, the JDRF will hold its annual “Promise Ball” at the Connecticut Convention Center. Ball honorees are Stanley Black & Decker CEO John Lundgren and Yale University professor Dr. Kevan C. Herold. Theme for this year’s event is “Building Toward A Cure” with proceeds benefiting  juvenile diabetes research and programming.

Information: jdrfctmapromiseball.org

 stars1[1]Saturday will also be the day for the 14th  annual Mayor’s Charity Ball in West Hartford. Held in a tent on the town hall green, The evening, themed “Lights, Camera,  Hollywood,” will include food, music, and dancing . Beneficiaries of this year’s event are Playhouse on Park and Hopeworks Inc.

Information: themayorscharityball.org



Interval House Holds Annual Gala

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ih1Interval House’s mission, to provide help to victims of domestic violence, is a lifeline for those who have nowhere to turn when life becomes sad and fearful.

But on Saturday night at The Society Room in Hartford it was all about smiles as supporters of the non-profit turned out for its “Step Up and Sept Out 2013” annual gala.

The tone was set with a welcoming, celebrity-style red carpet that had even executive director Cecile Enrico giddy.

“I just want to walk down that red carpet with my son,” said fellow staffer, Rosemary Padin, heading back outside for the strut after tending to last-minute arrangements inside. “I can’t wait to walk the red carpet together.”

ih3There were a slew of local personalities to make the red carpet walk worthwhile including Fox Ct/WTIC Joe Furey, NBC Connecticut’s Brad Drazen, WFSB’s Dennis House and Kara Sundlun, and WTIC’s Joe D’Ambrosio.  And home from Washington D.C. was U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal, one of the founders of Interval House’s Men Make A Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence Campaign.

And while he is happy with the progress of his Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, there are other matters in Washington, not so much.

ih2“I am frustrated beyond words,” he said about the federal budget gridlock. “Just frustrated.”

The evening included an auction, dancing and dinner and for most at the black-tie event, it was a night to have fun while benefiting a worthy organization.

“I can’t image in women and children who live in fear of a husband or boyfriend,” said Melody Ricard, an Old Saybrook wife and mother who attended the function for the first time. “There should always be help for people in that situation. How fortunate we can make sure they have somewhere to go for help.”


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