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STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way Reschedules 11th Annual Gala to December 1

By STAR, Inc.

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The 11th Annual Gala Dinner Dance and Auction held by STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Wee Burn Country Club at 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road in Darien, Connecticut. The event was originally scheduled to take place on November 3, 2012, but was postponed due to complications from Hurricane Sandy. The gala has a Cirque du Star theme, and includes a cocktail reception, live and silent auction, dinner and dancing.

Following a presentation, the live auction includes several popular items, such as a package for four to the brand new Broadway show, ‘Scandalous!’ with round-trip limo and a backstage meet and greet with actor and STAR supporter Andrew Samonsky plus photos with cast members; a South African photo safari, seven day vacation to Tuscany; family weekend in New York with tickets to major attractions, tickets to the 8-Tony Award Winning Broadway Show, “Once”, and numerous jewelry, art and home décor items.

The gala committee chairpersons were Robert and Meghan Cioffi of New Canaan, Mary Ferrara and John Masanotti of Darien, and Joseph and Nella Viesta of Stamford. Committee members include:

Darien committee members are: Hilary and Carol Donegan, Peter and Katherine Gogolak, Ken and Beth Harrington-Howes, John Masanotti and Mary Ferrara, Patrick and Katrina O'Connor, Ed and Katherine Piorkowski.
New Canaan committee members are: Robert and Meghan Cioffi, Joan Dionne, Jason and Janie Konidaris and Todd and Julie Thompson.
Norwalk committee members are: Denny and Sally D'Amato, Annie Konidaris and James and Theresa Taylor.
Old Greenwich committee members are: David and Linda Shockley.
Stamford committee members are: Joseph and Nella Viesta.
Weston committee members are: Richard Batten and Mary McGee, Ken and Mary Kennedy and Joseph and Cathleen Crowley-Piscitell.
Westport committee members are: Miggs Burroughs and Mickey and Candace Herbst.
Wilton committee members are: Doug and Liz Bayer, Barry and Judy Bosworth, John and Mary Lee Danaher, and Jack and Deborah McFadden.

The event will be sponsored by David and Phyllis Komansky, Prospect Hill Foundation, New Jersey Fund, Joan F. Dionne Foundation, Kesten-Brown Insurance, Carta, McAlister & Moore, LLC, Callari Auto Group, J.H. Cohn, LLP, John and Mary Lee Danaher, Fairfield County Bank, Ken and Beth Harrington-Howes, Annie Konidaris, Jason and Janie Konidaris, Pepperidge Farm, Robert and Barbara Rosiello, Bill Scheffler and Anne Sheffer, Elaine Banzhaf, Epstein, Becker & Green, Hearst Media, P.C., Santa Energy, Moffly Media, Michael Joseph's Catering, The Bishop Group, Classic Graphics, Miggs B Design, and PCI Creative Group.

Proceeds will be used to support STAR’s programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families. The gala also celebrates the community of individuals with developmental disabilities leading full, productive and rewarding lives--filled with friendships, loving family relationships, productive employment or volunteer work and community activities.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization serving infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. We create opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. We inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

For information about the gala or to purchase tickets, call 203-846-9581 x303

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