The Bushnell’s Ovations 2013

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“Prepare to Jet Set” was the theme of this year’s Bushnell Ovations 2013 fundraiser held Saturday, March 23, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.

And if you had your boarding pass for Bushnell Airlines, you were admitted to one of the coolest events of the season.

Many of the 400 guests at the gala dressed to impress, inspired by the Bushnell’s upcoming Broadway show “Catch Me If You Can.” Some dressed in mod chic attire, others dressed as flight crew.GALA2013 048


“You know, every year I myself am totally amazed at one theme after another, after another,” said David Fay, Bushnell president/CEO. “Tonight’s is a lot of fun, I get to dress up like a captain.”

Representing mod chic was Suzanne Langlais of South Windsor, rocking a really cool pair of go-go boots purchased on Amazon.

In the First Class lounge guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks such as The Jet Setter, the Dirty Draper and the Clipper Cocktail.

Guests included Connie Weaver, one of last year’s Ovations co-chairs; Peggy and Joe Schaedler of Chester; Larry Starr, Cindy Starr and daughter Jordana; Kevin and Melissa Roy; Joshua Reese, executive director of Hartford’s Camp Courant and wife Amanda; and Samantha Browning of Grunberg Management with date Stephen Clement. Event co-chairs for the evening were Rebecca Loree and Monica Hoffman.
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“ ‘La Traviata,’ when they used to have the opera, was the first show I came to at the Bushnell and that is what inspired me to get involved,” said Loree, wearing a gorgeous dress from New York Vintage in NYC.

Melissa Roy, project development at Consigli (a fourth generation family-owned construction company), had a busy day on Saturday. Roy and her son ran in the Sandy Hook Run for the Families 5K earlier in the day in downtown Hartford.

“From spandex to fancy dress,” said Roy.

Ovations 2013 benefits The Bushnell’s arts-in-education programs, including PARTNERS (Partners in Arts Revitalizing Schools).

See more pictures here.

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