Opus 'Havana Nights' Fundraiser Supports Darien's Person-To-Person

DARIEN, Conn. -- The annual spring fundraiser for OPUS for Person-to- Person will be a "Havana Nights” themed gala at Tokeneke Club in Darien.

The committee for the Havana Nights fundraiser organized by Opus for Person-to-Person

The committee for the Havana Nights fundraiser organized by Opus for Person-to-Person

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The gala will be held on Saturday, April 22. The gala promises to be an unforgettable evening inaugurating OPUS’ next 20 years.

Gala guests will experience all the glamor and vibrance of the tropics while enjoying Cuban cocktails, a gourmet sit-down dinner featuring Cuban cuisine, and an open-air cigar bar. The nationally-acclaimed Sultans of Swing band will return for a second straight year.

Along with the silent auction and raffle, there will be an auction hosted by CK Swett. A wide variety of auction items will be featured including luxury vacation and golf packages, beauty/wellness indulgences, VIP sports experiences, entertaining couple and group adventures, and other fine goods.

Board Liaison Lisa Bishai with Co-Chairs Melanie Brucker, Heather de Bie, Shannon Doherty, Jennifer Handt, and Danielle Santoro, as well as the entire Havana Nights committee have been hard at work since last summer planning an extraordinary evening.

The spring gala is the largest OPUS fundraiser of the year, and Havana Nights promises to be one of the most exciting social events this spring. Last year, the Platinum Ball at Wee Burn Beach Club raised close to $210,000 for Person-to- Person.

“We are excited to hold this event at the Tokeneke Club for the first time,” said Jennifer Clemow, OPUS co-president. “The beautifully renovated space will be the perfect setting to transport our guests to Cuba for a night all while raising money for a great cause.”

Proceeds from Havana Nights will be used to support the P2P programs that directly benefit children, including campership scholarships for children in need, the Holiday Toy Store, Baby Basics layettes for mothers, and Scholarships for college. 

Each year, P2P serves more than 25,000 people from the seven towns of Darien, Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, Westport, Weston, and Wilton.

Tickets to Havana Nights will go on sale in early March 2017, and are available to OPUS members and non-members, with a discount for members. Details on purchasing tickets and attending the event will be available on the OPUS website: 

For information about volunteering, making a donation, or becoming a corporate sponsor for the Havana Nights gala, contact OPUS co-president Jennifer Clemow at

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