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Darien Scouts’ Rolling Auctions Fundraiser Continues, With Some Closing Thursday, Friday

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Darien Scouts has taken its annual tag sale online this year, with a series of auctions running in April and May. New auctions are online now. All auctions feature a mix of furniture, art, décor, antiques, bikes, sporting equipment, toys, and more, with bidding starting as low as $1. — an announcement from Darien Scouts

Visit soon and visit often! Next auctions close Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, and more will be added regularly until at least May 6.

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Packed With Entertainers, ‘Spring for Abilis’ Online Gala on May 1 Is Free to Attend

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The “Spring for Abilis” virtual gala, organizers promise, will be packed with comedy, entertainment, singing, dancing, the Abilis’ Giving Garden and a live auction appeal. Special guests at the May 1 gala include: actors Brendan and Afton Fraser, musician Rob Mathes, singers Loren Allred and Sharon Catherine Brown, and dancers/choreographers Billy Blanks Jr. and Michael Dameski. — an announcement from Abilis

While the Spring for Abilis gala is free to attend, registration is required at SpringForAbilis.GiveSmart.com. Hosted by entertainer and comedian Brett Walkow, the event is meant to be fun for the whole family. Spring for Abilis is a major fundraiser for the Fairfield County-based nonprofit, which is celebrating its 70th year.

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Join Community Fund of Darien’s Dinner for a Cause and Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day Weekend

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Grab a delicious meal for Mother’s Day weekend as a special treat while helping The Community Fund of Darien address the hardest hit by the pandemic, our youth. — an announcement from the Community Fund of Darien
Please join TCF as we dine “together” at home to benefit tomorrow’s generation of leaders on Saturday, May 8. Order a family meal for contactless, free delivery, and TCF will direct half your purchase to its local nonprofit partners providing stop-gap services and immediate assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors. What You Get
The meal costs $160 per family, and the menu includes:
—meatballs marinara
—baked ziti with shaved parmesan
—mixed field green salad
—Oreo fudge brownie
—assorted breads/rolls
—bottle of wine provided by SipStirs

Orders must be submitted online by 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 for delivery on Saturday, May 8 between 3:45 and 5 p.m. Half of the cost — $80 — is tax deductible. To order, go to this Web page.

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Darien Police, Darien YMCA Jointly Holding Community Blood Drive May 6 at the Y

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The Darien Police Department, in partnership with the Darien YMCA will host a community blood drive at the YMCA in honor of Quinn Waters, known across the South Shore of Massachusetts as “The Mighty Quinn.”

— an announcement from the Darien YMCA

Quinn, 5, has spent much of his life battling brain cancer. He gained local notoriety in Massachusetts over the last several months as his hometown and beyond followed his journey. Following the recent news that his cancer has returned, the family has asked for one thing: blood donations. His mom, Officer Tara Waters with the Quincy Police Department said, “During his sickest times, Quinn needed multiple platelet transfusions a day, showing us how critical blood donations are.”

In response to the family’s request, the Darien Police Department, along with the Darien YMCA have scheduled a blood drive on May 6, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Darien YMCA at 2420 Post Road, Darien. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, sign up online with sponsor code “Quinn” or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make your appointment.

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Darien Scouts Still Seek Donations for Online Mega-Auction: Clutter for You, Treasures for Others

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As you are doing your Spring cleaning this year, please consider donating items to the Darien Scouts Online Mega-Auction. — an announcement from Darien Scouts

Seeking new or gently-used, clean, “auction-ready” items including indoor and outdoor furniture, bicycles, sporting goods, artwork, jewelry, vintage and antique collectibles, toys, lawn and garden items, tools, lawnmowers, snowblowers, electronics, and musical instruments. Darien Scouts also takes cars, boats, and motorcycles in any condition throughout the year. So please sort through your clutter and Send It to the Scouts! Items can be dropped off at the Scout Cabin at 140 West Ave.

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‘Broadway at the Bartlett’ Gala Fundraiser This Wednesday for Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens

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Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is holding a virtual gala fundraiser, “Broadway at the Bartlett,” on Wednesday night, March 31, hosted by Chuck Scarborough of NBC 4 New York, and featuring a silent auction and the Broadway cast of “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations.” — an announcement from the Bartlett Arboretum
Tickets for the online event, which runs from 6:50 to 7:30 p.m., are priced anywhere from “a donation of your choosing” to $500, which “includes a complimentary bottle of wine or spirits, two stemless wine glasses and a charcuterie board for two DELIVERED to your home within 10 miles of the Bartlett. Choose from Josh Cabernet Sauvignon, Josh Prosecco or Luksusowa Vodka.” “Please view our silent auction items, which will open on [Saturday] March 27 and close at 8 p.m. on March 31,” the organizers said on Bartlett’s website. “Please consider a donation to our ‘paddle raise’ this year, which is to make the Herb Garden accessible for all abilities. This includes widening and replacing the pathways to connect with those of the Sensory Garden.”

Darien VFW Member: Vets Group ‘in Serious Jeopardy of Being Insolvent,’ Wreaths Across America Needs Help, Too

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To the editor:

The pandemic has hit hard many individuals, organizations, and causes across Connecticut this year. As a member of the [Darien] VFW and the site coordinator for Wreaths Across America, I can attest that both are struggling significantly. Wreaths Across America normally raises the majority of funds for Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery through retail collecting at various locations by the Darien VFW. This year, it did not make sense for elderly veterans to unnecessarily be exposed to getting the COVID virus. Currently, we have raised enough funds to provide for only 149 wreaths.

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Pacific House Homeless Shelter Holds FREE Virtual Gala This Saturday, Oct 16

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For 35 years Pacific House has worked to end homelessness in Fairfield County, and the organization is throwing a virtual gala on Oct. 16 to celebrate. The community is invited to the FREE, online event hosted by Rep. Matt Blumenthal, and will feature moving stories of hope and shining examples of the significant impact that Pacific House has had on our community for more than three decades. Pacific House
Intertwined with the growth of Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, Pacific House, based in Stamford, developed from a makeshift basement shelter in 1982 to address a growing homelessness issue, to a leader in ending homelessness in our region. Today the organization provides the only regional shelter for men and young adult men in lower Fairfield County and helps to house hundreds of neighbors in need each year.

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Americares ‘Airlift Benefit’ to Livestream on Saturday, Oct 3

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Actor, director, producer and Americares board member Tony Goldwyn and actor and musician Jackie Cruz will co-host the Americares Airlift Benefit livestream on Saturday, Oct. 3. — an announcement from Americares

The annual benefit celebrates the organization’s life-changing health programs in more than 90 countries and the health workers and partners who make them happen. Americares supports more than 4,000 health centers worldwide with transformative health projects and donations of medicine, improving the health of millions of people in need every year. This year’s benefit will honor frontline health workers—the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic—and take Americares supporters on a unique virtual journey to see the organization’s work in Colombia, Jordan, Liberia, Malawi, the Philippines and the United States.

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You Can Place an Order by 4 PM Wednesday for Community Fund of Darien’s ‘Dinner for a Cause’

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The Community Fund of Darien invites you to join others in dining “together” at home on Saturday, Oct. 3 for TCF’s fourth ‘Community Dinner for a Cause’ event. But to join in, you’ve got to place your order by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the TCF website. The fundraiser supports programs to strengthen the Darien community.

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JoyRide Spin Classes This Weekend to Benefit Disabled STAR Inc. Clients

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JoyRide is generously teaming up with STAR Inc., Lighting the Way to offer weekend spin classes to raise money benefiting local individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. — an announcement from STAR Inc. and JoyRide

All donations will be matched 100% by an anonymous donor. If you have never tried spinning — here is your fun, inclusive opportunity in a no judgment zone! The event is open to the public. Cost is $50 per rider payable to STAR Inc. at the door.

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Gather a Group and Compete in ‘Mission: Possible’, Community Fund of Darien’s One-Week Contest

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The Community Fund of Darien’s invites groups of friends and family members to compete in the TCF’s inaugural “community chase” competition, “Mission: Possible!” The contest supports local nonprofits. Looking for a way to connect with friends and family while supporting our community at the same time?  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join the TCF’s virtual competition for teams of all ages. Mission: Possible! is a fun-filled, socially distanced event that will take place the week of Sept.

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Americares Helps Peru Fight COVID-19 Surge

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Patients receive medical care, including COVID-19 testing, at an Americares and VIDA Perú mobile clinic in Lima, Peru, on Aug. 29. Photo by Angela Ponce/Americares. Stamford-based Americares is providing “surge” medical support in Peruvian health facilities overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The health-focused relief and development organization is dispatching medical personnel, all of which are locally based and have experience working within the health system, to health centers in Lambayeque, Lima and Piura to meet the increase in demand for care and provide the struggling health system with some relief as the coronavirus pushes health center capacity to the brink.