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Wilton Library Goes The Distance With Derby Style Fundraiser

From left: Gary Battaglia, Jen Allbee, Robin Roscillo, Callie Mellana, event co-chair, Kathryn Groves, and Michele Klink. Not pictured: Michele Ferguson Nichols, event co-chair.
From left: Gary Battaglia, Jen Allbee, Robin Roscillo, Callie Mellana, event co-chair, Kathryn Groves, and Michele Klink. Not pictured: Michele Ferguson Nichols, event co-chair. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- With the Wilton Library’s annual spring fundraiser set for Friday, May 1, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, it is fitting that Beyond Words – Derby Style is the essence of the festive night. 

The event from 7 to 11 p.m. is described as “a cocktail party in the community’s living room.” Beyond Words will have a decidedly Southern flair this year in a nod to the Kentucky Derby, with AMG Catering providing the delectable Southern-influenced cuisine. Adding to the festivities are a bourbon tasting lounge and signature drinks to top off the occasion.

The evening is made possible through the support of the Amadeo Family, benefit sponsor Fairfield County Bank and media sponsor Wilton Magazine. 

For the first time, Beyond Words will feature honorary chairs: Chris and Tish Brubeck. A silent auction of items will be available for partygoers to experience and a highly competitive live auction is anticipated featuring auctioneer, poet, writer and on-air personality Ira Joe Fisher cheering everyone to the finish line.

Funds raised at this signature event will support the programs, materials and services the library provides. 

To help accessorize ladies for the event, a shopping party is planned. It will be hosted by Alice Woods of A Single Strand on Wednesday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Painted Cookie, 196 Danbury Road, the building behind Hastings Real Estate.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the library and refreshments will be served.

Tickets for the Beyond Words event start at $175 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well beginning at $1,000 with reserved seating, parking and more. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wiltonlibrary.org or by calling Jennifer Wallace at 203-762-3950, ext. 239. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center.

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