'Light Up the Harbor' 2016 Spring Gala Raises Funds to Support Milford's Homeless and Hungry
The Beth-El Center held its annual Spring Gala fundraiser at the Milford Yacht Club on Saturday, June 4th with over 130 people in attendance. The net proceeds from the event will be used to directly support Beth-El's programs that include shelter for single men and women and families with children and a soup kitchen that serves over 26,000 meals annually.
"The Spring Gala is our biggest fundraiser and it provides the Center with financial assistance that is so greatly needed," says Toni Dolan, Executive Director. "It's inspiring to see the incredible support that the community offers to help Beth-El Center continue its mission to help those in need."
The evening featured a former Beth-El resident and veteran who conveyed his story of homeless and how the program staff at Beth-El provided him with the resources and support to help him move forward.
Fox 61 anchor Tim Lammers was the Gala's emcee and auctioneer. Live auction highlights included bidding on a FOX 61 newsroom tour plus breakfast with the anchors, a Long Island Sound sunset sailboat ride, Jazz Brunch with Jay Rowe and New York Yankees tickets.
The Gala was sponsored by: Meisenheimer Foundation, The Milford Bank, Monique Osborn, Thom and Shelley Bach, Michael and Suzanne Lyngaas, Marilyn Cormack, Ed and Candace Davies, Susan Lapine, Don Mroz, Lou Massari and Joanne Walsh and Noble Wealth Advisors.
Assisting event chairperson Kathleen Kennedy were Gala planning committee members Gail Utitus, Marcia Ivers, Pam Austin, Shaileen Landsberg, Monique Osborn, Eileen Schuman and Jennifer Chase.
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The Beth-El Center's mission is to alleviate homelessness and hunger in the Milford area through shelter, support services, advocacy and community education in partnership with the faith-based community and public and private organizations.