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Darien residents on STAR gala committee

Published 2:21 pm, Monday, November 12, 2012
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The 11th annual Gala Dinner Dance and Auction, sponsored by STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, has been rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. at Wee Burn Country Club, 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien.

The event was originally scheduled to take place on Nov. 3 but was postponed due to 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 include a package for four to the brand-new Broadway show "Scandalous!" with round-trip limousine transportation and a backstage meet-and -reet 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 Tony Award-winning Broadway show "Once"; and numerous jewelry, art and home decor items.

The gala committee chairmen are Robert and Meghan Cioffi of New Canaan, Mary Ferrara and John Masanotti of Darien and Joseph and Nella Viesta of Stamford.

Committee members from Darien 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.

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.

For tickets, call 203-846-9581, Ext. 303.