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Parties & Openings

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PS21 Gala

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NAACP Awards Dinner

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Fast Cars Under the Stars: Annual Gala for Community Mental Health Affiliates

Rachel Louchen reports from Lakeville, Ct. It didn’t take a car enthusiast to appreciate the beauty of Lime Rock Park on Saturday, June 1, with the racetrack nestled between rolling mountain views. The venue was the setting for “An Evening Under the Stars: Jazz and Chrome,” the annual gala for Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA), which provides mental health and family services to children, adults, and families in Litchfield County. The nonprofit provides substance abuse and behavioral health treatment to more than 8,300 individuals a year, many of whom are unable to pay for treatment themselves. This year’s theme was the glamorous fun of the 1950’s and 1960’s, with guests able to browse and enjoy classic cars of the era such as a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado and a pink, 1967 Jaguar. Live and silent auctions helped raise proceeds for the organization, while attendees enjoyed drinks, a sit-down dinner, and dancing. The highlight of the night, however, was the opportunity to take a spin on the famous track with a professional driver in a BMW race car, the noise from which was sweetened somewhat by the live jazz band. At left, renowned auto journalist Don Klein served as co-chair, with the park’s owner and operator, Skip Barber.

Committee members Mimi Harson, Bunny Donahue, and attorney Bill Riiska ; Jeff Jacobson and wife Gail Jacobson.


Larry Union and Maryland Grier of Connecticut Health Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors, with advisory board member Hugh Hill; Sponsor Dr. Irving Smith and Cathy Denault.

Zoe Harson, Mimi Harson, committee member Juliet Moore, and CMHA’s Carol Mack, who coordinated the event, pose in front of a 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

Sponsor Ralph Carbone and Lauren Carbone; car enthusiasts Meg Begley and her husband, Paul Begley, pose next to a Lotus.

Sponsor Allison Guzowski and Margaret Guzowski; Terry Bogle and Gardner Bogle of NYC.

CMHA’s Vice Chairman Michael Lynch with Carol Lynch in front of the rolling hills and fast cars below.

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