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Opus' spring benefit to feature fiesta theme

Published 10:02 am, Sunday, February 16, 2014
  • From left, Opus for Person-to-Person Fiesta on the Sound Co-Chairman Jennifer Barbagallo, Co-Chairman Kat Sakara, Opus Board Liaison Caroline Gallagher, Opus Co-President Renee Schwandt, Co-Chairman Kristina Gregory and Co-Chairman Annie Allen. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News Contributed
    From left, Opus for Person-to-Person Fiesta on the Sound Co-Chairman Jennifer Barbagallo, Co-Chairman Kat Sakara, Opus Board Liaison Caroline Gallagher, Opus Co-President Renee Schwandt, Co-Chairman Kristina Gregory and Co-Chairman Annie Allen. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Opus for Person-to-Person's 2014 spring benefit, Fiesta on the Sound, will take place Saturday, May 3, at the Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton.

The Cinco de Mayo-themed gala, which supports the Norwalk and Darien-based Person-to-Person, will serve up an evening with south-of-the-border flair.

Guests, who are asked to wear semi-formal attire, will enjoy cocktails, live music, golf contests, a raffle, dancing and live and silent auctions. Guests will have the opportunity to sample various premium tequilas and margaritas and will be served a gourmet Mexican-themed dinner. Auction items will include luxury vacation getaways, VIP sports packages, spa indulgences and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Co-chairwomen Annie Allen, Jennifer Barbagallo, Kristina Gregory and Kat Sakara have been working closely with board liaison Caroline Gallagher and the Fiesta on the Sound committee to create an evening that will build on the successes of previous benefits. Last year's gala, The Julep Ball, had a Kentucky Derby theme and raised nearly $125,000 for Person-to-Person.

"Each year, the Opus spring ball is a highly anticipated event and our biggest fundraiser. It brings a spirit of celebration and generosity," Renee Schwandt, co-president of Opus for Person-to-Person, said. "We're excited to announce Fiesta on the Sound, which is sure to be another successful benefit for Person-to-Person."

Proceeds from Fiesta on the Sound will go to Person-to-Person's Emergency Assistance Program, which is the core of its services. The program provides gently used clothing, groceries for nutritious meals and financial assistance for rent, security deposits and utility bills for approximately 23,000 individuals from neighboring communities.

Tickets to the fundraiser will go on sale in early March. For more information, visit www.opus4p2p.org. To donate, volunteer or become a sponsor, contact Gallagher at caroline.gallagher@gmail.com.