Operation Hope of Fairfield will host its 16th annual Evening of Hope on Thursday, May 4, from 6-10 p.m., at the recently re-opened Penfield Pavilion at Penfield Beach, 323 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield. The Aloha themed gala event will\u00a0raise funds to break the cycle of poverty by feeding, sheltering and counseling those in the community who are most in need.\u00a0The festivities will include tropical-inspired cuisine, live music from the Roylety Steel Pan Band, Community Hero awards, silent and live auctions and more. \u201cThis event is our biggest fund-raiser of the year and gives our guests the chance to make a real difference in the lives of men, women and families who are truly struggling in our community,\u201d said Darrin Fodor, Evening of Hope chair. \u201cWe share a commitment with the many businesses and individuals who support Evening of Hope that no one in our community should be hungry, that everyone in our community should have supportive relationships, hope for the future and a place to call home.\u201d Evening of Hope sponsors include: Diamond Sponsor Alan and Betty Feldman; Ruby Sponsors AvalonBay Communities, Black Rock Church and People\u2019s United Bank; Emerald Sponsors Angel Commercial and IPS; Sapphire Sponsors Felner Corporation, Patriot Bank, Price Financial Group, Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home and Turner Construction; and Media Sponsor Fairfield Magazine. \u201cEvening of Hope is a wonderful event,\u201d said Carla Miklos, executive director. \u201cNot only is it an opportunity to honor some very special friends, it\u2019s also a reminder that there are still neighbors who are without shelter and food in our community. It\u2019s our mission to take care of them, and help them get back on their feet to lead productive lives.\u201d Operation Hope also recognizes community members who have helped advance its mission with the following Community Hero Awards: The Spollett\/Waldman Award \u2014 Honoree Michael Rosten, Esq., of Bowties Esq. Real Estate Services, will be recognized for serving as a longtime Operation Hope volunteer and advisor and for being a committed community servant whose skills are assets to the organizations that benefit from his guidance and service. The Stewart B. and Lucie C. McKinney Award \u2014 The Fairfield Police Department will be honored for its faithful and continued support and protection of Operation Hope and its clients, and its deep understanding of what it takes to be a good neighbor and citizen of the community. The Jacky Durrell Award \u2014 Honoree Sharon Croft Risley is a longtime resident of Fairfield and is the manager\/buyer for CAPRI Clothing in downtown Fairfield. A dedicated volunteer for many causes close to her heart, she truly understands the importance of a strong collaboration between local businesses and local non-profits to make the community a better place for all. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available and open to the public. For tickets and sponsorship\/ad\/auctions information, contact Director of Development Jennifer O\u2019Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-292-5588, ext. 210 or purchase online at bit.ly\/ohgala2017.