Jane Peters, Events and Building Manager, Partnership for Strong Communities
First things first! If you’ve already supported our annual Reaching Home Dinner and are planning to attend, thank you so very much! You are in for a treat. We have many wonderful things planned to celebrate the achievements made over the last year and to recognize the folks who are receiving awards for their incredible efforts. If you are not already a part of our mission to end homelessness in CT, please make a difference with us by becoming a sponsor, taking out an ad in the program, and coming to our celebration dinner, which will be held on June 15, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell, CT, with festivities starting at 5:00 pm.
Reaching Home is the campaign to end homelessness in Connecticut. The campaign aims to:
- Continue work to prevent homelessness among Veterans
- Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in 2017
- Prevent and end homelessness among families with children and youth by the end of 2020
- Set a path to ending all homelessness in Connecticut
The Reaching Home Celebration Dinner and Housing Awards celebrates the campaign's collective successes, recognizes supportive housing tenants who have made significant contributions to their community, and honors people who have shown exceptional leadership and advocacy in the work to end homelessness in the state.
When you attend the dinner, you will immediately feel welcome and appreciated! As you walk in, you’ll see the compelling portraits of people at the St Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Middletown, painted by the enormously talented Abby Carter. Click here to check out more of her work. You will be instantly reminded of why you are here and so proud to be a part of this evening.
Now, let’s talk food. Bring your appetite! During the social hour, we’ll start with a lavish bruschetta bar that has a delicious little nibble for every palette and sensitivity. We’re going to keep you guessing on our passed hors d’oeuvres, but I assure you they are whimsical and delightful. Betcha can’t eat just one! A cash bar will be on hand as you mingle, congratulate and network. The evening brings a diverse group of talents, businesses, government officials, corporations and nonprofits from all different walks with one thread of distinct commonality -- the dedication to ending homelessness. Did I mention that towards the end of this cocktail hour there will be a celebrity sighting?
After the cocktail hour, you will be invited into the formal dining room where local chef Chris Steele has specially prepared an incredible summer menu that was hand-chosen for the Reaching Home Dinner. You will start with a gorgeous fresh garden salad, and then have your selection of prosciutto-wrapped Statler breast of chicken stuffed with Boursin cheese, salmon fillet wrapped in puff pastry with melted leeks and grilled lemon, or Buffalo mozzarella ravioli with forest mushroom ragout. My favorite is the ravioli! It’s not your average ravioli; it’s amped up in an elegant way and tastes amazing. Can you guess what I’m getting? When you register for the event, you can choose your favorite entree. Dessert… well, it’s decadent, summery deliciousness! It’s a way to indulge in all the goodness you’ve done by being here.
While you dine, you’ll enjoy the musical poetry and artistry of local talent Debra Alt. Debra is not only gifted, but she chooses to sing for a purpose, for a greater meaning, and to make a difference. In June, she joins us in our mission to end homelessness! If you aren’t familiar with her yet, you’ll surely want to hear more of her music after our dinner. Check out her website.
Then, yes, the rumors are true… and I can hardly contain myself! We have the iconic, Tony award- winning Broadway and film legend Ben Vereen dining with us and speaking about his personal passion to end homelessness! Is your mind spinning with the excitement of all the shows and movies he’s been in? Ben has also starred in many films, including the 2016 remake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. He recently starred in Amazon’s new hit Sneaky Pete with Bryan Cranston, and Fox’s Making History. But for me at the Partnership, my favorite role is when he portrayed a homeless person in the 2014 movie Time Out of Mind with Richard Gere, whose character is desperately trying to get his life back in order. It speaks volumes to our mission and Ben was incredible in it!
Thank you so very much for reading my first blog! Please share your thoughts about the event with us on social media, both on Twitter and Facebook. Share why ending homelessness is so important to you, let people know that you read my blog and told your friends, what you chose for dinner, and who you are going with. I’d love to hear what you are excited about! Are you receiving an award or presenting one? Have you heard Debra and are a huge fan? Have you seen Abby’s work and can’t wait to get a close-up glimpse of it? Is Ben Vereen one of your favorite actors of all time and you can’t believe you’ll get to see him at our event? As I hear from you, I’m sure it will encourage me to blog again and tell you all what everyone’s so excited about! As my kids say, blow up our social media pages with all of your enthusiasm and comments. I can’t wait to hear from you and see you at the Dinner. Don’t forget to say hi, as I’d love to meet you!
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