Person-to-Person and OPUS for Person-to-Person announced a new fundraising endeavor that offers a unique opportunity for people to host fun and memorable dinner parties while also helping to make a difference in the lives of those in need. This effort, "We Give Thanks," will take place during November and is supported by local businesses Palmer's Market and Leary's Liquor Cabinet.

Anyone is welcome to participate in "We Give Thanks" by hosting a dinner party for their own friends and family. Hosts will let their guests know that they are participating in "We Give Thanks" month and that in lieu of bringing food, wine or a hostess gift, guests are asked to consider making a financial donation, of any amount, to Person-to-Person at the end of the evening.

Donations can be made in the form of cash, check, or credit card and 100 percent of all donations are tax deductible. All funds raised as part of "We Give Thanks" will go directly to help low-income families and individuals from surrounding communities pay for rent, oil bills and other basic essentials this coming winter.

Ceci Maher, executive director of Person-to-Person, is excited to launch this new effort with OPUS.

"We continue to see an increase in demand of Person-to-Person's services. `We Give Thanks' is a wonderful way for people of all generations to come together with friends and family for a range of anything from a candle-lit dinner to a casual fun gathering," she said. "Not only are the hosts offering their guests a special evening, they are also helping to make a critical difference in the lives of those in need."

Palmer's Market in Darien will provide menu suggestions and floral services to hosts. For those interested in hosting a dinner party, but who choose not to do the cooking, Palmer's will also provide catered dinner options to "We Give Thanks" hosts. As added incentive, hosts will receive a special discount off their total Palmer's bill for all food and floral purchases made for their "We Give Thanks" dinner.

In addition, Leary's Liquor Cabinet will offer hosts help with wine pairing and other beverage-related suggestions to complement the occasion and meal.

Those who wish to host a dinner party or learn more should contact Liz Koons at koons@optonline.net or 203-940-0588 or Missy Radin at missyradin@optonline.net. Upon signing up, each host will receive a packet of information that will include additional information about "We Give Thanks" to share with guests, proof of hosting a party in order to receive special discounts at Palmer's Market and Leary's as well as donor forms for guests to complete.

A volunteer-driven agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem-solving initiatives. Programs include emergency assistance, campership and scholarship. In 2009, Person-to-Person helped 24,780 people avert crisis and make ends meet. These efforts are made possible by in-kind donations, a force of more than 2,000 volunteers and financial contributions.

Visit www.p2pdarien.org or call 203-655-0048.