Opus’ sold-out Havana Nights event  held on April 22, raised more than $130,000 that will go directly to Person-to-Person’s programs benefitting children. Those programs include  Baby Basics, which provides baby layettes to help new mothers in need at Stamford and Norwalk hospitals; camp scholarships that provide children the opportunity to expand their horizons while parents work in the summer months; scholarships to deserving young students attending college; and  the holiday toy store which ensures that all children can experience the joys of the holiday season.

A vintage car parked in front of the Tokeneke Club set the tone of the event as guests arrived.  Palms, and flower arrangements styled by Hessney & Co. made it feel like an authentic night in the tropics.  Guests embraced the theme fully with colorful dresses and fedoras at every turn.  The cocktail hour featured authentic Cuban music by the Quimbombo Trio, and many guests enjoyed hand-rolled cigars by Connecticut Cigar Company sponsored by William Raveis.  CK Swett led the heated live auction while guests dined on a Cuban-themed surf and turf dinner.

“I loved seeing the expressions of our guests as they arrived and took in the authentic Cuban scene our committee created, said OPUS Board liaison Lisa Bishai.

A moving speech from Person-to-Person beneficiary Carmen Nieves brought people to tears and preceded a very successful paddle raise for P2P’s programs.  Finally, guests danced the night away to The Sultans band, back for the second year in a row. At night’s end, guests lingered, not yet ready to leave their tropical escape, but as they left, they were delighted by the colorfully-packaged takeaway treats provided by Kirby and Company.

OPUS for Person-to-Person would like to thank the generous corporate sponsors for the Havana Nights benefit, including: lead platinum Sponsor: William Raveis; gold sponsors: Baywater Properties; Nola Physical Therapy, P.C.; silver sponsors: Allstate Insurance, Callari Cars, Carlson & Carlson, Inc.; The Glassmeyer Family; Houlihan Lawrence – The Home Team: Sheree Frank & Doug Milne; bronze sponsors: Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Co. Insurance, Inc.; ERI Building & Design, LLC; Exterior Living, LLC; Francis Development; Landmark Financial Group; Pure Barre Darien; Sponsor: VAS Construction, Inc.; In-Kind Sponsors: Christine Brooks Design, Clarke Builders, Connecticut Cigar Company, Event Design and Florals presented by Chris Hessney & Co.; Kirby and Company; Peter’s Party Fixins; PCI Creative Group; Sherri Carpentieri; The Tokeneke Club; and Wine and Spirit Sponsors: Beverage Barn; BevMax; Leary’s Liquor Cabinet.  Last, thank you to Serendipity Magazine for being the official media sponsor.

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