Annual gala raises money for worthy cause


Candy and Bill Raveis received an award from Operation Hope Executive Director Carla Miklos for their dedication and contributions at the 13th annual Evening of Hope celebration.

Operation Hope’s 13th annual Evening of Hope, held at the Patterson Club on June 5, honored Bill and Candy Raveis for their dedication and contributions to the community.

“This year’s gala was a huge success with nearly 200 guests that celebrated an evening of hope together,” said Phil Palmieri, gala chair and Operation Hope board member. “We were thrilled to honor Candy and Bill Raveis as they have been such important supporters of our community.”

The evening included cocktails, dinner and silent and live auctions, all of which benefited Operation Hope. A hand-set, white gold diamond necklace, donated by Fairfield Center Jewelers, topped off the night.

“We are so grateful to this year’s gala guests and sponsors who helped us raise much needed funds to support our expenses and operating costs,” said Carla Miklos, Operation Hope’s executive director. “Their generosity allows us to continue our efforts to help those community members most in need.”

“What a night,” said Mike Rosten, Operation Hope board chair. “It was exciting and fun to reconnect with so many Operation Hope supporters, and meet a lot of new folks that want to help our organization too.”

Local sponsors included Integrated Print Solutions, Emil and Toby Meshberg, Alan and Betty Feldman, Rob and Cindy Citrone, Angel Commercial, Black Rock Congregational Church, Bette Gigliotti/The Gigliotti Group, Moffly Media and People’s United Bank, plus live auction sponsor, Fairfield Center Jewelers. Jack Coletsos’ Flowers & Co. and Jennifer Bartlett provided the floral arrangements and designs.

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