'Last Bash' raises $50,000 for St. Vincent's Special Needs

Thanks to over 250 people who attended St. Vincent's Special Needs Services' 19th annual "Last Bash of Summer," we are going places. This year's theme, "Oh! The Places We're Going," conveyed the two purposes of the fundraiser: To help the children and adults with disabilities who are served by St. Vincent's Special Needs (SVSNS) to achieve greater independence, and to provide enriched learning and recreational activities and trips out in the community that are not otherwise affordable.

The dinner dance held at Testo's Restaurant in September raised more than $50,000. Ray Baldwin, President and CEO of SVSNS stated, "Thanks to the proceeds from the Last Bash, children and adults served by SVSNS can enjoy going to baseball and hockey games at Harbor Yard, Aquariums in Norwalk and Mystic, the Beardsley and Bronx Zoos, museums, plays, movies, amusement parks, restaurants, beaches and more. Proceeds also enable us to afford customized equipment to facilitate our students and program participants communicate, learn, eat, and walk more independently."

The event featured a live band, great food, silent and live auctions, dancing and fun. A video featuring five families served by SVSNS was presented at the event. Deacon Tim and Mary Ellen Bolton, whose daughter Kaitlin attends the Feroleto Development Center, were guest speakers.

For more information on St. Vincent's Special Needs Services, visit SVSNS.org, or call 203-386-2714.