WASHINGTON — Actor Christine Baranski’s annual harvest-time tradition of hosting HVA’s Auction for the Environment is a winter-time virtual event, starting a 4 p.m. Feb. 21. A special pre-auction reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. with Christine and Margo Martindale and friends for VIP Sponsor ticket-holders.
The Auction for the Environment is HVA’s only fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds will help keep water clean, conserve vital woodlands and meadows, restore and protect streams, and support recreation and education projects across the three-state Housatonic Watershed from the Berkshires and Harlem Valley through western Connecticut to Long Island Sound, according to a statement.
Auction items include unique offerings such as Family Story Time with Christine, a fabulous singing birthday zoom with Margo Martindale, a Q, A & C (cocktails) zoom with Seth Meyers, and a personally curated Paris-Bordeaux adventure, along with offerings from regional friends. These include Litchfield Distillery, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Kent Wine & Spirits, as well as local shops and restaurants. Acclaimed auctioneer Sherry Truhlar’s energy and humor will shine from center stage. Lead auction business sponsors Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Litchfield Distillery and Aquarion Water Company are helping underwrite the festivities, according to the statement.
“So much is at stake now. With a wonderful network of partners, we’re conserving a woodland corridor that stretches through our watershed and is vital to our climate resilience, to wildlife and drinking water and streams. There are still thousands of acres and hundreds of stream miles to protect to secure a healthier environmental future for this place we love,” said Lynn Werner, HVA’s Executive Director. “The Auction underwrites all of this work. And this year, no matter where you are, you can zoom into the gala, lend a hand and have some fun at the same time.”
To view auction items as they are added, and to purchase auction tickets, visit www.hvatoday.org and click “Auction Info” on the home page.