This year’s Wine Tasting and Charity Auction was a huge success. Special thanks to the Callari Family and BMW of Darien for hosting this Chamber community event again this year and to Whole Foods for allowing attendees to park in their neighboring parking lot. The WinePort of Darien and Tim Smith did another remarkable job organizing over 55 wines to be showcased and tasted.
Over 225 attendees were able to sample delicious gourmet delights from Atria Darien, Darien Cheese and Fine Foods, Fjord Fish Market, Four Forks, Palmer’s Darien, The Goose American Bistro, and Whole Foods Market. A Charity Silent Auction featured many special items donated by all sorts of Darien Chamber members. Tom Geary, Owner of Geary Gallery and Accent Framing, was the “Auctioneer” for the event and helped promote all the items in the auction. The Nick Trautmann Trio returned with their jazz and entertained our guests compliments of Neil Hauck Architects.
The event was sponsored by “Vintner Sponsors”: Baywater Properties, Liz Tarantino-Farmer’s Insurance, and Federal Realty Investment Trust. Thanks to the “Collector Sponsors”: The Dock Shop, Kate Balanoff-Houlihan Lawrence, The Hawes Team, , Nedder & Associatees, Noble House Media Group, People’s United Bank, Patriot Bank and Wells Fargo Advisors. The Program and Auction Profile Sheet was generously sponsored by Rand Insurance. Cryopoint Therapy, at Performance Physical Therapy, was the water sponsor.
The proceeds from the event this year will be shared with The Depot Youth Center, Darien Arts Center and Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation for Holiday Lights on the Post Road and the DCC Scholarship program which awards four scholarships a year to deserving students (two to DHS students and two to DCC member’s children).
This event is a perfect example of the Darien friends–whether business, non-profit or residents–coming together for a wonderful night to raise money for our community to enhance the lifestyle for all that live and work here.
Photos: Mike Dardano of A.G. Edwards and Event Photographer.