OPUS would like to thank all of our generous sponsors, guests, and donors that helped make this year’s Masquerade Ball such a success.
The event raised over $100,000 that will go directly to Person-to-Person’s programs benefitting children, including: Baby Basics to help new mothers in need at Stamford and Norwalk hospitals; Camperships so children can grow their horizons while parents work in the summer months; Scholarships to deserving young students; and, of course, the Holiday Toy Store to ensure all children experience the joys of the season.
We could not have asked for better weather as the beautiful spring evening perfectly set the tone for this successful event. Revelers donned black and white formal attire and fully embraced the theme with an array of eye-catching masks. After perusing a wide selection of silent auction packages, guests were swept into the stunning ballroom brimming with luscious floral arrangements and black and white tablescapes glittering under the soft glow of candelabra.
The ever-entertaining CK Swett officiated the heated live auction while guests dined on a gourmet surf and turf dinner followed by chocolate molten cake. P2P beneficiary and featured guest speaker, Fabio Jaime, was introduced by Ceci Maher, Executive Director of Person-to-Person and spoke movingly of the many successes he has achieved with the help of Person-to-Person. Jaime’s story was followed by a very successful paddle raise, after which, guests were invited to dance the night away on the black and white checkered dance floor, installed especially for this affair. This year’s Spring Benefit also featured the first-ever after-party, allowing guests to dance into the early hours of the morning with the acclaimed King of Hearts live band while snacking on delicious late night bites.
“Everything just came together perfectly, said OPUS Co-President, Lisa Bishai. “It was an exceptionally fun and memorable night. And, most importantly, we raised funds for the critical work of Person-to-Person right here in our own backyard.”