The YWCA Darien/Norwalk's fifth annual Cookies, Cocktails and a Cause Ladies Night takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Nielsen's Florist, 1405 Post Road, Darien.

The event, sponsored by William Raveis Real Estate, include a holiday cookie swap, which is optional, and a cookie contest for those who bring a recipe. Michael Joseph's Fine Foods team of chefs and managers will judge the cookie contest.

Wine and other beverages will be provided by Leary's Liquor and White Bridge Wines of Darien and served along with hors d'oeuvres prepared by Michael Joseph's.

A raffle of prizes donated by local merchants, including Infinity Fitness, CST50, Bash, Barrett Bookstore, Equinox, Chelsea Piers, Erika K, Rory's, Juliska, Lanphier Day Spa, Vineyard Vines, Williams & Co, Dolce, Ten Twenty Post and Nielsen's, also will be available. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event and can be purchased with cash or checks only.

Last year's event, which was sold out, raised more than $5,700 for the YWCA Darien/Norwalk and its community outreach programs, such as Parent Awareness, which encourages the positive development of Darien youth by providing education to families, and Job Search Support, which provides guidance for women in all stages of the job search process.

"We're thrilled that Nielsen's Florist offered once again to host this year's event as it provides the perfect holiday backdrop for this festive fundraiser," event co-Chairmen Liz Ezbiansky and Emily Marty said. "We are also grateful for the continued support from William Raveis as they return as our title sponsor. We look forward to a successful evening for a wonderful cause."

Tickets are $50 and advance purchase is required. For tickets or information, visit

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