The YWCA Darien/Norwalk's 6th annual Cookies, Cocktails and a Cause Ladies Night fundraiser is scheduled Dec. 4 at Nielsen's Florist, 1405 Post Road.

The event, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., is open to all women and YWCA membership is not required to attend.

"Every year we look forward to this fun and festive event which is quickly becoming a local tradition. It is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season while supporting some of the YW's most important programs," Jennifer Clemow, the committee chairwoman said in a release publicizing the event.

The event includes a holiday cookie swap, which is optional, and a cookie contest for those who bring a recipe. Michael Joseph's Fine Foods team of chefs and managers will judge the cookie contest along with guest judge Jill Stelben, who won the cookie contest last year.

Stelben's recipe for Welsh cakes has been a holiday tradition in her family since the 1970s.

A raffle of prizes donated by local merchants includes items from Chelsea Piers, Spree, Pure Barre, CST 50, Sono Baking Co., Dance with Me Stamford, Art Plus Studios, Juliska, 1020 Post, Darien Pilates, Infinity Fitness, Posh Nail Salon, Equinox, Barrett Books, Blue Mercury and Lanphier Day Spa, which also provided goody bags for the evening.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online at with credit cards and will be sold at the event for cash or checks only.

Last year's even raised more than $7,400 for the YWCA Darien/Norwalk and its community outreach programs.

Tickets for Cookies, Cocktails and a Cause are $50 and advance purchase is required.

For tickets or information, visit or call 203-655-2535.