Clockwise from top left: Auctioneer Tim Luke with happy bidders. Auction Chair Christine Baranski encouraging guests to protect the environment. Happy crowd. Executive Director Lynn Werner, Ms. Baranski, and Auction Manager Mary Beth Lawlor.
Graydon Carter, editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair (center). From left, Anne Swift,
Anna Scott (Mrs. Carter) and John Favreau. On the right, Christine Baranski,
actress and auction chair.
At our 26th Annual Auction for the Environment on Sunday, November 6, Auction Chair Christine Baranski welcomed guests with a rousing call to action to protect the environment, saying, “Don't wait for the politicians - it's up to us!” The crowd enthusiastically bid raising a whopping $165,000 that will help fund water monitoring, children and family education projects, and land and river protection projects in the Housatonic River valley.
Auctioneer Tim Luke entertained the crowd and led the live auction with trips to Monaco and Cannes, Tuscany, and Provence as well as coffee with actor Sam Waterston, a private tour of Diane von Furstenburg's studio and shopping spree, tickets and backstage passes to Late Night with Seth Meyers, and much more.
Ms. Baranski, star of The Good Wife and currently taping her new series, The Good Fight, graciously chaired the event and offered dinner and a set visit for winning bidders, along with a rousing call to environmental action among neighbors and friends. Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter surprised the crowd with two tickets to his much celebrated and impossible to get into Oscar Party.
Lynn Werner, HVA Executive Director, said, "We are extremely grateful for the enthusiastic support of our communities as we work together to address our region's most pressing environmental needs. Fundraisers like this are essential to HVA and our partners, and to the future of this river valley."
More than 240 people attended the annual affair. Guests at the $1,000 Diamond level attended a pre-event Bellini brunch at fashion designer, Linda Allard's home. A pre and post event meal for guests was offered by the GW Tavern. During the event, Litchfield Distillery offered signature cocktails, Executive Cuisine served delectable hors d'ouevres, and the Miles of Swing band delighted the crowd with live music. The Kent Greenhouse and Chris Zaima set the scene with seasonally artful creations on tables and entries, and an army of volunteers kept everything running smoothly.
Photos by Rich Pomerantz
Photos by Richard Pomerantz