Darien Foundation to hold Rock the Yacht benefit

Members of The Darien Foundation’s Rock the Yacht Benefit Committee recently gathered for a planning session at The Tokeneke Club. Pictured are Byrne Pozzi, benefit chairwoman, back left, Sarah Woodberry, executive director, Kerrie Kelley, board member, Janel Mitchley; Courtney O’Connor, front, left, Tiernan Cavanna, board member, Margit Bluestein and Whitney Ranson

Tickets are now on sale for its Darien Foundation’s Rock the Yacht benefit, which will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at The Tokeneke Club.

This year’s event is a twist on last year’s “Yacht Rock” theme, which drew nearly 400 guests. The evening will feature nautically-themed captain’s cocktails, beachside hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dinner stations including a raw bar, lobster sliders, and other summer favorites, as well as sweeping views across the sound.

The highlight will be a performance by Yacht Rock Revue—the band that has defined and popularized the Yacht Rock genre. Their vast playlist includes nostalgic covers of sing-along favorites like Africa, Dancing In The Moonlight, I Can’t Go For That, Who Can It Be Now and Escape (the “Pina Colada” Song).

“Their playful, kitschy vibe invokes the feel-good of summers of the 70s and 80s,” said Byrne Pozzi, event chair. “We’ll be donning our retro yacht glam attire and dancing to flashback hits.”

The music complements the seaside setting and yacht-like feel of the Tokeneke Club, which will host the gathering. “Tokeneke is the perfect venue to kick-off summer and the start of beach season,” said Kerrie Kelley, Board Member and fundraising vice-chairman.

This year’s benefit will not have a live or silent auction.

“We are so grateful for the support from our very generous sponsors that will allow our guests to enjoy the party without the interruption of an auction,” said Kristin Peterson Edwards, fundraising chairman.

The Platinum Benefactors are Maureen & Richard Chilton and Meredith & Whitney George. Corporate sponsors include: Eagle Point Credit Company, J.P. Morgan, Palmer’s Market, Strategas Research Partners, Baywater Properties, East Coast Structures, Eileen B. Hanford, First County Bank, BMW of Darien, Fletcher Development, Rand Insurance, Repel, and SubShots.

Tickets are $200 per person ($100 is tax-deductible) and are available at www.darienfoundation.org. All proceeds will be directed to supporting grants awarded by The Darien Foundation. See the full list of committee members online.