A year ago, the end was in sight for the County Assembly and Red & White balls.
After 75 years of operation, organizers of the girl-asks-guy January formal dances could not find enough volunteers to produce the 2014 event.
An APB — including a plea on “06880” — worked. Mothers stepped up, dresses and tuxes were rented, and even big snow could not stop the dances.
That’s the good news. The better news is that over $35,000 was raised and distributed to 23 local organizations supporting youth.
The Courage to Speak Foundation and Janus Center for Youth in Crisis got $2,500 each.
Checks for $2,000 went to Family and Children’s Agency, Norwalk Youth Symphony, Aunt Terry, Circle of Care, Project Return, A Better Chance of Westport, A Better Chance of Wilton, The Center for Family Justice and Mercy Learning Center.
Other recipients include Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, Operation Hope, Homes With Hope, The Kennedy Center, Trackside Teen Center, The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Wilton Social Services for Domestic Violence, SafeRides, Weston Food Pantry, Al’s Angels, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and RAAFT Ludlowe.
If only organizers could charge for the after-parties, there’s no telling how much money they’d raise.