2018 SoNo Stroll Benefit Taking Place This Week

By RJ Scofield, Norwalk Patch

Guests can enjoy a cocktail reception and partake in a three-course meal at one of the event’s eleven participating SoNo restaurants.

NORWALK, CT – On Wednesday, June 6, the Human Services Council will host the SoNo Stroll Benefit, its biggest fundraiser. Now in its tenth year, the Stroll has become HSC’s biggest and most successful fundraiser.

According to a news release, SoNo Stroll kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Mora Mora (17 Washington Street, South Norwalk), where a cocktail reception will take place, along with live and silent auctions. Following the reception and auctions, guests partake in a three-course meal at one of the event’s eleven participating SoNo restaurants.

Purdue will serve as the stroll’s generous title sponsor, with additional critical support from First County Bank, Marcus Partners, Cushman & Wakefield, Bigelow Tea, CBRE, Baywater Properties, Peter DiNardo Enterprises, James P. Murphy & Associates, M&T Bank, People’s Bank, Sequel International, Timex and Webster Bank.

Other sponsors include A. Pappajohn Company, Bowlmor, GGP, Hoyt-Cognetta Family Funeral Services, EFA Partners, Signature Construction, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, Turner Construction and many more.

Paul Zullo and Donna Bonato of Silver Creative (50 Washington Street, Norwalk) provide the beautiful graphic design, artwork and all supporting materials for the event. Additionally, Silver provides branding of the entire organization’s materials all year long at no charge. Brenda McKenna of BCM Media (30 Old Kings Highway South, Darien) provides gratis media support and public relations support not only for events but also throughout the given year.

“A special thanks to these business owners,” Director of Development & Communication Kim Killoy said in a release. “We could not do this amazing work without you. Our dedicated Board of Directors is an extension of the HSC family. They too have dedicated their time and effort to keeping HSC’s programs viable and successful for those in need. Their generosity of both spirit and giving makes possible all that we do for those children, adults and family we empower and enable them to enjoy a better life.”

Casey Dohme of The Blind Rhino (15 North Main Street, Norwalk) has volunteered his time and staff, acquiring donations of beer and wine for the cocktail reception. Paula Garelick, owner of Mora Mora and Garelick & Herbs, has shown her generosity by providing the beautiful venue at 17 Washington Street for the cocktail reception and a menu of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres for our guests to enjoy.

“We are so grateful for the efforts of these two businesses whom have made possible the success of this event,” Killoy said. “The restaurants are the final destination of this wonderful event and this year we are lucky to have our guests dine at The Spread, El Segundo, Harlan Publick, Washington Prime, Match, Valentino’s Cucina Italiana, Beach House SoNo, O’Neill’s Irish Pub, Tablao, Cask Republic and Saltwater SoNo. Each of these eleven restaurants provides a delectable menu that includes choices of three salads or appetizers, three entrees and three desserts.”

Since 1944, the Human Services Council has created and fostered programs that educate, safeguard and empower the people of the Greater Norwalk area. Their vision is for everyone to have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and are home to the Norwalk Mentor Program, the Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers, Children’s Connection, the Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition, 40 South Main Street Supportive Housing and Ludlow Commons, Senior Housing.

For more information on HSC, please visit their website at www.hscct.org and follow @humanservicesCT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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