The 32nd Annual Rose Weekend at Elizabeth Park kicked off Friday, June 21, with the annual Wine & Roses fundraiser at the Pond House Cafe. The garden casual evening was attended by almost 200, and included a cocktail party with a live and silent auction.
Guests included John Morgan, board member and event chair; executive director Karen Tomasko; Ellen and Tim Hollister of Bloomfield; Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror Capitol bureau chief and wife Laura Post; Michael Antisdale, Mark Melanson (both of West Hartford Center) and Mark McIntyre of the West End of Hartford; and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and first lady Cathy Malloy. Auctioneer was NBC Connecticut anchor Brad Drazen.
“Our mission is to care for the park, connect to the neighborhoods, Connecticut to Hartford, West Hartford and make it be a place where people love to visit,” said Laura Berman, in-coming president. “It already is a destination place, but we need to make it better and more beautiful.”