On Saturday, Nov. 2, Madison Cares will celebrate its 10th anniversary by hosting “A Decade of Building Community”-an evening filled with sights, sounds, and images of the last 10 years and the nine Habitat for Humanity homes built in New Haven by the Madison non-profit.
The evening will take place at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa. It begins with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program, concluding with music and dancing until 11 p.m. A wide range of silent and live auction items will be available for bid by attendees. The program will include a multimedia presentation honoring the volunteers and families who have made the nine Habitat homes possible since Madison Cares was founded in 2003.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of The Caring Award to Nancy Leckerling, Chris Stemen, and John Gallops, three individuals who have made lasting and ongoing contributions to Madison Cares’ mission during the last decade, Maureen Lopes, president of Madison Cares, said.
WTNH News Anchor Ann Nyberg will emcee a program to honor eight shoreline organizations as they are entered into The Madison Cares Hall of Fame for their consistent financial and volunteer support over the years. These organizations include Act II Thrift Shop, First Congregational Church of Madison, Morgan School Peer Advocates, North Madison Congregational Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Structural Graphics, Temple Beth Tikvah, and The Madison Foundation.
“This is going to be a wonderful evening celebrating the generosity and volunteer spirit of our shoreline community. Because of this dedication and support, nine hardworking and deserving families are living in their own homes and helping to build community in New Haven. We are looking forward to seeing our many friends and neighbors who have made this mission possible,” Lopes said.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $100 per person. Patron tickets are also available for $150, which will include preferential seating and a mention in the program. Reservations can be made online atwww.madisoncares.org. All proceeds from the celebration will benefit Madison Cares’ 10th Habitat for Humanity build.
Since its founding, Madison Cares has raised more than $475,000 and has built nine Habitat houses in New Haven.