Cromwell mayor’s gala will benefit local developmental treatment center
CROMWELL — The mayor’s gala will move to a new venue as it marks its fourth year.
The annual event celebrates Cromwell and its residents at the same time it raises money to deserving recipients.
In the past, those recipients have included “Cromwell Human Services, Cystic Fibrosis, Middlesex Cancer, The American Legion for Valour Memorial Green, and last year the Hospital for Special Care specifically for ALS research,” Mayor Enzo Faienza said
This year’s gala will be held on Sept. 28 at the new TPC River Highlands Tournament Players Club Ballroom.
Faienza is the person who first came up with the idea for the event, and it has grown in size and attendance since its first years.
“This year, Adelbrook Behavioral Services of Cromwell will be the beneficiary of the proceeds,” he said.
In addition, three residents are being honored for “their efforts to enrich the Cromwell Community,” Faienza said.
They are Heather and Jeff Polke, who are receiving the Volunteerism Award, and Richard F. Donohue who will receive the Civic Duty Award, Faienza said.
Heather Polke was the driving force responsible the idea of creating a Farmer’s Market and then worked with her husband, Jeff, to make the idea a reality.
Held on Friday afternoons throughout the summer at Frisbie Landing, the market has become an integral part of the community.
Donohue is the president of the Cromwell Historical Society and has been key in establishing programs to bring the history of Cromwell alive for its residents.
The trio “are well deserving of these awards, as they are always willing to dedicate so much personal time and effort to help our community,” Faienza said.
“This event is completely funded by sponsors, donors, and the attendees. This event could not happen if it were not for them and I would like to thank all our sponsors that have helped through the years,” he said.
“This event is all for a good cause as we come together as one community,” he said.
Partcipants have until Sept. 19 if they want to attend, anyone who is interested can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dress is “business casual,” and the fee is $100 per person.
The gala begins at 6 p.m. and will include dinner and dancing.