To commemorate 15 years of serving those in need, Opus for Person-to-Person will celebrate its crystal anniversary with a nod to the past and future at its annual spring benefit.

Aptly named the "Crystal Ball," this year's event will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Proceeds will support Darien-based Person-to-Person, which provides assistance to more than 22,400 individuals in need from neighboring communities on an annual basis.

Complete with sparkling decor and entertainment by an internationally-acclaimed DJ, the Crystal Ball will take place at the Loading Dock in Stamford. This marks the first time that an Opus spring benefit will be held outside of Darien. The Loading Dock, which can accommodate up to 350 people, is a modern, industrial event space that lends itself to a memorable evening. Attire for the Crystal Ball is "city chic" and jackets are required for men.

The milestone-marking affair will feature a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, a gourmet dinner, dancing and donated items for the live and silent auctions. Items include sports packages in New York and Boston, fly fishing and sailing lessons, a vacation in Palm Beach and an in-home cooking demonstration.

Event chairmen Jen Forlizzi, Betsy Hendrickson and Kristin Levinson have worked closely with the Crystal Ball committee to create a one-of-a-kind evening that will build on the successes of previous benefits. Last year's spring benefit, dubbed Jazz Fetê, raised more than $120,000 for neighbors in need.

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Tickets to the upcoming Opus for Person-to-Person's Crystal Ball will go on sale in February. Details on purchasing tickets and attending the event will be available at For information about volunteering, making a donation or becoming a corporate sponsor for the Crystal Ball, contact Renee Schwandt at

Now in its 15th year, Opus supports Darien-based Person-to-Person through fundraising efforts and public awareness. Last year, more than 24,400 people received assistance from Person-to-Person, including food and clothing donations, funds for scholarship and camp programs, layettes for babies, living assistance loans, holiday toy store and more.

For more information on this growing organization of more than 200 women and how to get involved, visit