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'Gatsby' Event Raises $650K For Greenwich Family Centers

Stephanie and Larry Flinn of Greenwich enjoy Family Centers' recent "Gatsby on the Sound" fundraiser.
Stephanie and Larry Flinn of Greenwich enjoy Family Centers' recent "Gatsby on the Sound" fundraiser. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Family Centers
Bruce Dixon, Anne Hubbard, Seeley Hubbard and Helen Dixon, all of Greenwich enjoy Family Centers' recent "Gatsby on the Sound" fundraiser.
Bruce Dixon, Anne Hubbard, Seeley Hubbard and Helen Dixon, all of Greenwich enjoy Family Centers' recent "Gatsby on the Sound" fundraiser. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Family Centers
Laurie, Peter and Tory Grauer of Greenwich enjoy Family Centers' recent "Gatsby on the Sound" fundraiser.
Laurie, Peter and Tory Grauer of Greenwich enjoy Family Centers' recent "Gatsby on the Sound" fundraiser. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Family Centers
Tom and Brooke Ashforth of Greenwich enjoy Family Centers' recent "Gatsby on the Sound" fundraiser.
Tom and Brooke Ashforth of Greenwich enjoy Family Centers' recent "Gatsby on the Sound" fundraiser. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Family Centers

GREENWICH, Conn. -- More than $650,000 was raised at the annual fundraiser for Family Centers of Greenwich, themed this year as "Gatsby on the Sound."

Held at the waterfront home of Laurie and Peter Grauer, Family Center's “Gatsby on the Sound” benefit captured the essence of the classic novel, "The Great Gatsby," and brought a slice of West Egg, the fictional Long Island town portrayed in the novel, to Greenwich.

Drawing on Jay Gatsby’s lavish parties for inspiration, the tented dining area featured a white, black and silver motif, an antique bar and a lounge outfitted with vintage furniture and an ice sculpture. As guests were served a sit-down dinner prepared by Food Design, they enjoyed '20s and '30s standards performed by the Marianne Bennett Orchestra. After a show by professional Charleston dancers, guests danced the night away to the sounds of hits from the 1950s through today.

Greenwich resident Sean Day won the event’s raffle for a 1951 MG-TD convertible roadster .

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 2,200 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs, according to its website.

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