Designer showcase event to benefit St. Paul’s and Operation Hope

The inaugural Designer Showhouse on the Green runs Sept. 19-Oct. 25, in Fairfield. The Showcase will benefit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Operation Hope.

The Showhouse will be open for five weeks, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 25. More than 15 top interior designers and landscape designers will showcase their skills at St. Paul’s rectory, a historic home rich with history dating back to 1834. The oldest parts of this historic home date to 1834, with major remodeling in 1860 and 1890. The rectory is located at 690 Old Post Road in Fairfield.

Designer Showhouse on the Green follows in St. Paul’s long tradition of using its site on the town green to stage events open to the entire community. After more than 150 years on the historic town green in Fairfield, Connecticut, St. Paul’s celebrates its past as it looks ahead to a future built on growth, service, fellowship and faith for the local community.

Sponsors of the Showhouse are Patriot National Bank, CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens), BMW of Bridgeport, Kasson Jewelers, No.299 Home & Gift Boutique, Artistic Tile, Circa Lighting, Farrow & Ball, Forbes & Lomax, Gault Stone, J. Pocker, Klaff’s, Lillian August, NuKitchens, Paris Ceramics, Realm, Ring’s End, Simon Pearce, STARK, Serena & Lily, Calico, and Greenwich Window Treatments. The Honorary Chair is Ellie Cullman of Cullman & Kravis.

“Patriot Bank is honored to support the 2015 Designer Showhouse on the Green and the very worthy Operation Hope, which ensures that many of Connecticut’s 30,000 homeless have nourishment and a safe place to sleep at night,” said Kenneth Neilson, President and CEO of Patriot Bank, a sponsor of the showcase. “Everyone needs a helping hand at some point in their life, and it’s important that we go beyond our daily routines to be there for our community. The Designer Showcase is a wonderful example of a community giving back.”

Designer Showhouse on the Green will open with a Preview Party on Friday, Sept. 18, from 6-9 p.m. and will be open to the public for five weeks from Saturday, Sept, 19 to Sunday, Oct. 25. Tickets to the Preview Party begin at $175. Hours of operation are Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10-4 (closed Mondays). Daily admission is $35 and includes a Showhouse journal. In addition to admission to the Showhouse and the grounds, Designer Showhouse on the Green will feature a boutique and an Operation Hope information center.

For more information on the Showhouse, visit showhouseonthegreen.org.

About Operation Hope

Operation Hope was founded in 1986 when the local community became aware of individuals in the community who were unable to meet their own basic needs for food and shelter. Operation Hope’s Food Pantry provides over 150,000 meals a year; its Supportive Affordable Housing provides permanent rental housing for previously homeless families and individuals; it offers shelter each evening to men, women and families; offer support services; and remains open 365 days a year.

About St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

For more than 150 years on the historic town green in Fairfield, CT, St. Paul’s has an active and committed congregation engaged in a wide range of ministries, an active and growing youth organization and a commitment to community outreach. The parish actively supports Operation Hope, as well as its sister Episcopal parish in Bridgeport, San Lucas y San Pablo. St. Paul’s has ongoing relationships with Homefront; Covenant to Care and its Adopt a Social Worker program, St. John’s Family Center; and the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport.

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