This Weekend, Dancing For Good Causes and A Pageant with CT Charm

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]It could be a bit of a tricky weekend when it comes to your schedule what with a slew of galas, the Miss Universe contest with Connecticut’s own Erin Brady in the running and a really poignant dance contest that is a perfect fit for Veterans Day.

Dan Lauria, best known for his role as the father in the former tv series “The Wonder Years” will be  at the Mark Twain House & Museum Thursday at  6 p.m. for a special free program. The Broadway star will discuss his career and his new children’s book, “The Blue Hair Club & Other Stories.” Lauria is in town because he is one of the stars in the upcoming Bushnell production of “A Christmas Story,” opening next week.

Things really get going on  Saturday night with several galas.

Themercy Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation presents its 19th annual  “Dreams Can Come True Gala” at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The evening includes live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing with proceeds used for Mercy’s efforts to meet the needs of the area’s homeless.  More information here.

Or you could head over to the Hartford/Windsor Marriott  where HARC will hold its 25th annual “The Silver Screen” gala and auction. HARC provides services for people with intellectual and related disabilities.

The evening includes dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Hosts will be radio personalitydancing Ray Dunaway and tv personality Brad Drazen. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite star or character or, in the spirit of the silver anniversary, anything silver. For more information go here.

Also on Saturday, “STARS An Evening of Celebration” will be held at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield. Proceeds from the evening will support the Intensive Education Academy Inc. The academy provides education to students with autism, developmental delay and other related disabilities.

Auction emcees are tv personality Scot Haney and radio personality Brad Davis.

Information: 860-236-2049.

Now in berinbetween dancing and winning auctions, you can tune into NBC and catch the Miss Universe Pageant from Moscow. While you may usually skip over such programs, this year is special for Connecticut because among the contestants is South Glastonbury’s Erin Brady, who won the Miss USA competition here and is now representing our country at the international pageant.

It’s Veteran’s Day weekend folks and hopefully, no need to say anything except take a moment and be grateful to the military men and women who stepped up on behalf of this country’s freedom.   

But on Sunday at the Connecticut Convention Center, there will be new twist that will ultimately benefit Fisher House Connecticut, part of the  foundation that provides free, long-term housing near military hospitals so that families of seriously ill soldiers have a place to stay while there loved one recuperates.

“Ddancingancing with Our Heroes Gala” is being sponsored by the 19 Fred Astaire Dance Studios of New England. The goal is to raise $200,000  for the Connecticut facility to be built near the VA Healthcare System in West Haven.

The dance competition will feature couples made up of military heroes and their professional dance partners. Dinner, dancing and a silent auction will also be featured.

For more information go here.   


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