The Darien Arts Center is holding its Midsummer Night's Celebration benefit, celebrating the40th anniversary of the DAC, on June 20. The cocktail reception, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a waterfront home in Darien,will feature the music of Lew and Mary Green, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres by Michael Joseph's catering. Auction items include a party in the DAC Weatherstone Studio complete with use of the state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment; 2 hours of singer/songwriter Doug Allen performing at an in-home party, and a dance or `painting and pinot' party at the DAC. Jane Pelley will act as auctioneer for the live auction. Lead corporate sponsor of the event is Darien Rowayton Bank.

Proceeds from A Midsummer Night's Celebration will benefit the DAC,.More than 6,000 individuals participate in programs and attend performances at the DAC annually, with more than 1,000 students from toddlers to seniors taking classes in dance, visual arts, music, theatre, and martial arts. More than 20 students with disabilities attend Artabilities and Danceabilities classes, and the Ginny Wright scholarship provides Darien High School art students support for future artistic education in college. The financial support of the community is vital for the DAC to continue to provide visual and performing arts programming.

Tickets for A Midsummer Night's Celebration are $125 and can be purchased online at until June 8. Tickets are limited. Those who would like to support the Darien Arts Center, but cannot attend the benefit, can visit to make a donation. For more information on the benefit or supporting the DAC, call Amy Allen, executive director at (203) 655-8683.

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