Last weekend as I watched the change of seasons unfold in the country, I was astonished by the fact, that despite many early undressed trees and piles of crunchy leaves amassing on the ground, there was still an astounding amount of summer blooms flourishing. What I found most striking and quite telling, was the abundance of pink roses burgeoning amidst the deconstruction of flora that is synonymous with the arrival of fall; a testament to both their resilience as well as their sheer will to survive. For me the irony was overwhelming and this unexpected sign of hope, like a beacon on a moonless night represents what organizations like Komen for the Cure offer.
Trees undressed surrounded by a blanket of leaves
The remains of summer blooms
When we were first approached by New England Home Connecticut Magazine to host their first Connecticut Fall Networking Event in our Gallery, we were both excited and delighted. We were thrilled to welcome so many of our CT neighbors and share an evening with others.
To make this event a truly collaborative effort, I immediately reached out to my neighbors and many of them responded so generously, that it almost took my breath away. Our newest neighbor, Fairway Market agreed to come on board and supply food for the event and Juliska, Colorblends and Godiva Chocolates were more than happy to supply lovely additions for our gift bags.
Fairway's sumptuous buffet
Juliska's lovely gift bag contribution
Pink Tulip bubs courtesy of Colorblends
Dreamy chocolate from Godiva
But it seemed that a gathering of some of Fairfield County ‘s (and beyond) “Best & Brightest” during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, needed to be more than just a networking event and we decided to use this wonderful evening to raise awareness as well as funds for Komen for the Cure, CT.
Anne Morris, Executive Director of Komen CT was on hand to share valuable information with the crowd as we previewed our “Pretty in Pink 4 Life” customized Mid Century bench which we are now selling with ALL proceeds from its sale going directly to Komen CT.
The "pretty in Pink 4 Life" Bench
With a close personal connection, we are deeply committed to supporting Komen for the Cure. It is one of the reasons we decided to participate in Holiday House last year doing a tabletop and returning again this year, doing a complete room.
Holiday House 2009 "The 4th of July"
We hope that through our efforts, we can motivate other small businesses to see that with a little imagination and a lot of perseverance, they can help raise both awareness as well as funds for lifesaving causes.
Our new Gallery section featuring the works of Vincent Longo & our Pink Ribbon Chair
Just before the guests arrive: Pink Abounds!
Irwin & Roberta Thomas Mancuso of New England Home CT Magazine
Let the cocktails begin!
The evening was an amazing success. A melding of designers, architects, suppliers, bloggers and more converged in the Gallery despite less than perfect weather. Twitter and Facebook friends emerged from the virtual world and joined with old as well as many new friends for a delightful evening of food and fun.
A Happy group including Robert Dean, Beth-Eaton Koch, Evelyn Oschler, Elizabeth Chrystal, Betsy Abeles-Kravit, Anne Morris, Irwin &...Me
(photo courtesy of Landino Photo)
Stacy Kuntsel, Tamara Stephenson, Roberta Thomas Mancuso, Yours Truly, Susan Young,
Robin Horton, Gloria Battista-Collins & Liz Orgera
(photo courtesy of Tamara)
With many thanks to our good friends at New England Home Connecticut, including Betsy Abeles-Kravitz, Publisher, Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in Chief, Roberta Thomas Mancuso, Kate Koch, Glenn Sadin & of course our very own @StacyStyle Stacy Kuntsel, Homes Editor for helping make this evening so special. And where would we be without the brilliant photography of Neil Landino, Jr. of Landino Photo who was on hand to capture the evening.
StacyKuntsel, Roberta Thomas Mancuso, Me being held in place, Kyle Hoepner, Irwin, Steve cassler
& Betsy Abeles-Kravitz
(photo courtesy of Landino Photo)
Though the evening is over, the memories remain, new friendships have been forged and collaborations continue.
So many of you including Kyle Hoepner and our good friends at Juliska, have offered to continue to promote the sale of our “Pretty in Pink for Life” bench and we truly appreciate all of your help.
Together, there is nothing we cannot do. As the pink roses remain in bloom despite the arrival of cooler temperatures and less than perfect conditions, so too, must we continue to support organizations like Komen 4 the Cure, who allow those roses to continue to survive and flourish.
And please don’t forget: We are looking for a wonderful home for our “Pretty in Pink 4 Life “ bench. Anything you can do to help make that happen would be appreciated.
The "Pretty in Pink 4 Life" Bench Specially priced at $1800 to celebrate "Life"
More photos of the festivities to follow soon!