Kennedy Center ball raises more than $100K

Glitz, glamour and giving were part of the mood of the Kennedy Center’s 49th annual Four Seasons Ball. Nearly 200 guests supported one of the longest running charity galas in Fairfield County at the Patterson Club in Fairfield.

Guests gathered together to sample cuisine and dance to Veronica Martell Entertainment with Jay Stollman. Attendees also played “Heads or Tails” and bid on the “Extreme Makeover” of Broadhurst Manor in Fairfield.


Fairfield residents Robert and Barbara Scinto served as co-chairs of The Kennedy Center’s 49th annual Four Seasons Ball.

The gala was co-chaired by Bob and Barbara Scinto of Fairfield, while the chair of the Tribute Journal was Cara Mocarski of Shelton. Through their efforts, the ball contributed $109,000 in net proceeds to The Kennedy Center’s residential services for people with disabilities. Since its inception in 1964, the Four Seasons Ball has raised more than $2 million.

The DiMatteo family was feted as this year’s Tribute Journal honoree at the gala, whih was attended by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, state Rep. Tony Hwang, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell.

As part of the evening’s festivities, Martin D. Schwartz, president and chief executive officer of The Kennedy Center, was honored by the Board of Directors for 35 years of outstanding service for his leadership role in making this major rehabilitation agency one of the largest in the state and one of the most respected in the country.


Pete and Carla Gavey of Fairfield were sapphire sponsors for the gala.

The top event sponsor of the ball was RD Scinto in Shelton, while the rhodium sponsor was GE Capital. Other major sponsors included People’s United Bank in Bridgeport and the DiMatteo Group of Shelton at the gold level.  Sapphire sponsors included Goodnow Investment Group in Darien, the William and Gloria Paul Family Foundation and Peter and Carla Gavey of Fairfield. In addition, the Foley family of Fairfield supported the gala at the emerald level, while Bigelow Tea, Merit Insurance, Newtown Savings Bank, Pullman & Comley, Silverstone Electric, BlumShapiro and Beltone Hearing Centers of NY/CT took sponsorships at the ruby level.

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