Norwalk, CT, May 29, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Keystone House hosted its Annual Fundraiser “Steppin’ Out” Gala at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center on Friday April 26th. This lively evening was a dramatic change for Keystone in an effort to attract new supporters while providing an exciting and entertaining evening for all. Celebrity host and auctioneer David Smith ensured that the evening’s program was entertaining and informative. Live music performed by Déjà vu brought guests to the dance floor while enjoying favorite musical hits from the 40’s up to today’s favorites.
Senior United States Senator from Connecticut Richard Blumenthal attended the Gala and spoke to the audience about how important Keystone House is to the community it serves. Connecticut State Senator Kevin Kelly, Connecticut State Representative Chris Perone, Connecticut State Representative Gail Lavielle and Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia also attended the event.
“The objectives for the evening were simple, they were about learning – learning more about the struggles and successes of individuals facing the many challenges of a mental illness; learning more about Keystone House and the services that we provide, and most importantly- learning how vital donations are to the Keystone House,” said Valerie Williams, Executive Director at Keystone House.
This was the most successful event to date for Keystone House, with over 200 guests enjoying the wide variety of food stations, open bar, music, over 60 silent auctions to choose from and a live auction.
Keystone premiered their new video entitled “I Am Keystone,” which was written, directed and produced on a pro-bono basis by Palace Production Center of Norwalk. The goal of this video was to provide a greater understanding of who and what Keystone House is.
Following the video portion of the evening, Keystone House held a “Paddle Raise” in an effort to bring in funds to replace their 1995 12 person van they affectionately refer to as “Big Blue,” used to transport clients to and from programs, field trips, between residences, to meetings and appointments.
“We knew instantly that the video had done its job when we did the paddle raise. The audience really understood what Keystone provides for its clients, families and the community and they showed their support by raising their paddles and donating again,” said Elizabeth P. Ball, Fundraising Chairperson for Keystone House.
Sponsors included Fairfield County Bank; TFI Envision, Inc; eBenefits Group Northeast LLC; Field & Stream Holdings, LLC.; Norwalk Real Estate Associates; Stanley M. Seligson Properties and Palace Production Center.
For more information, go to keystonehouse.org