Big turnout for YWCA fundraiser

The YWCA of Greenwich recently celebrated its Persimmon Ball, a fundraiser with with a Tales of the South Pacific theme.

Here’s a recap of the event from the YWCA of Greenwich:

500 community-minded guests, the largest crowd in the event’s history, attended the very popular 2014 YWCA Greenwich Persimmon Ball, on a recent Friday evening at the Hyatt Regency, Greenwich. The event, themed Tales of the South Pacific, was a glorious black-tie, dinner dance thathonored past Board Chairs Catherine Seasonwein, Karen Neilinger and Pamela Lewanda and celebrated the good works of the YWCA in its 95th year of service to the community. United States senator Richard Blumenthal was a part of the proceedings and praised the YWCA for the important role it has played in the lives of Greenwich people.

Co-Chairs of the event, who have been on the job this past year, are YWCA Greenwich Board members Sabrina Forsythe, Tracy Holton, Joy Lautenbach, Shelly Tretter Lynch, Alka Thukral, Board Chair Aundrea Amine and Natalie Quigley

This year, the Persimmon Ball featured a gourmet banquet, dancing to theShort Bus Band, Polynesian dancers, and sensational live and silent auctions. “Thanks to our hard-working Co-Chairs, Persimmon Ball was a most successful event for a very important cause,” said Adrianne Singer, YWCA President and CEO. “Proceeds from this, our largest fund raiser, will enable the YWCA to provide a wide range of free services to victims of domestic violence;grant scholarships to our children inpreschool, summer camps, after-school and aquatic programs; andoffer the community free racial justice initiatives and women’s leadership seminars.

At the auction, attendees ran up the bidding on terrific items such as a week’s stay at a luxurious, fully staffed, colonial water front home in Cartagena, Colombia; seven days in a sea-facing room at the beautiful Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, including winery tours and a safari; a masters suite for six in Jackson Hole Wyoming; and a two-night stay in an Ocean House Tower Suite, Watch Hill, RI, with the use of a 2014 Maserati Ghibli.