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Parties & Openings

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

Nov. 4 - Pittsfield
NAACP Awards Dinner

Oct. 29 - G. Barrington
Halloween At L'Atelier

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The Housatonic Valley Association Toasts To Clean Water

Rachel Louchen reports from Washington. Protecting our environment and clean water sources has been an ongoing project for The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) for over 25 years. On Sunday, November 6, the organization’s annual auction fundraiser returned for the 26th year to benefit the Housatonic River and its watershed. Held at the Washington Primary School, the popular event frequently sells out, which may have a little something to do with the event chair, Christine Baranski (above, flanked by HVA executive director Lynn Werner and event organizer Mary Beth Lawlor) and a lot to do with the fervent support from Washington and the surrounding towns. HVA protects rivers and streams from the river’s source in Massachusetts to Long Island Sound by monitoring water quality and flow, preventing pollution, managing the shoreline and buffer planting. Funds were easily raised by the awe-inspiring auction items including tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers and a meet-and-greet with honorary event co-chair Seth Meyers himself, private studio visit of another honorary co-chair, Diane von Furstenberg’s Manhattan headquarters and a five-night stay in Tuscany. To date, HVA is also responsible for saving 5,000 acres of wetlands, farmlands and forests in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

Former land protection director Elaine Labella has been involved with HVA since 1994, and her wife, Ann Sherwood has also been volunteering for just as long, with development director Richard Sears.

Jenn Pote and Annie Musso of After School Arts Program (ASAP); Richard and Susan Forrest.

Auction volunteer Darilyn Woods, auctioneers Greg Strahm and Tim Luke and Dermot Woods; Andrew and Annelise Osborne, here with Sunday Fisher, attend the auction every year.

Ali Psomas and Stacey Dillard of After School Arts Program (ASAP) and Molly Peterson.

Auction volunteers Michele Battaglia and Paul Bonanno; Joan Laucius and Sharon Danosky.

Mary Beth Lawlor and honorary co-chair Judy Auchincloss, realtor at Klemm Real Estate; Peter Eckert and Peter Goldman.

John Michael Murphy and honorary co-chair, fashion designer Linda Allard.

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