The Housatonic Valley Association’s Annual Auction to Benefit the Environment is marking its 26th year on Sunday, November 6 at 1 p.m. at the Washington Primary School located at 11 School Street in Washington Depot. It is gearing up for another successful auction. The proceeds enable HVA to carry out its mission of conserving the natural character and environmental health within the communities of the Housatonic River watershed.
Supporting the auction helps conserve riverfront land, clean up pollution, protect drinking water, save wildlife habitat, allow countless children toi enjoy and learn about our natural world – and so much more in the Housatonic River Valley.
Christine Baranski, HVA Board member and costar of CBS’s The Good Wife, is chairing the Benefit Auction Committee along with Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe, Sam and Lynn Waterston, Diane von Furstenberg, Linda Allard, Pam and Jack Baker, Robert Couturier, Diane Meier and Frank Delaney, Carolyn Klemm, Hamilton South, Anne Swift, John Favreau, Heather and Damian Woetzel and Judy Auchincloss.
Auctioneer extraordinaire Tim Luke takes center stage at 3 pm. He has been featured on HGTV’s Cash in the Attic. With his co-auctioneer Greg Strahm, he keeps auction bidders on their toes with high energy, humor and warmth.
Washington’s own Chris Zaima is bringing his design expertise to the setting this year and, along with Debby Bennett of Kent Greenhouse and Gardens, will create just the right ambience for music (Miles of Swing), delectable edibles (Executive Cuisine), cocktails, wine, and exuberant bidding.
Honorary Auction Committee members at the Diamond and Platinum sponsorship level are invited to a special Bellini Brunch reception hosted by Linda Allard and Baranski at Linda’s home from noon to 1 p.m before the auction.
The auction has been a sold-out event for the past several years and raises over $150,000 annually for projects that protect land, rivers and local drinking water. Last year it grossed $250,000. Donors, along with more than 225 guests, make this possible.
The auction lineup of donations from friends throughout the Valley includes exotic vacations and weekend country getaways as well as theater and sporting event tickets, fine dining, home furnishings, antiques, artwork, outdoor gear and adventures and unique opportunities not available at any other event.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 860-672-6678 or online at www.hvatoday.org.
Founded in 1941, HVA is uniquely dedicated to protecting the entire Housatonic River Watershed. The watershed includes about 2,000 square miles of land stretching from western Massachusetts through western Connecticut and eastern New York to Long Island Sound. HVA’s offices are in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut; South Lee, Massachusetts and Wassaic, New York. For more information, please visit hvatoday.org.
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