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One Week From Tonight: Celebrate Kindness With Ben's Bells Connecticut



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BETHEL - Ben's Bells Connecticut has announced a new twist on Celebration of Kindness, its biggest fundraising event of the year.The Newtown Bee that month.bensbells.org.bensbells.org/celebration-kindness-connecticut.

This year the event will be held indoors, at The Meeting House Pub, 37 Stony Hill Road in Bethel, diagonally across the street from the Ben's Bells Connecticut studio.

From 7 to 10 pm, guests can expect an evening filled with live entertainment, food, drink, and a live and silent auction, all while supporting kindness education and studio programming.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Food and limited beverages are included in ticket price. Enjoy an ice cream sundae bar provided by Ferris Acres Creamery.

Musical entertainment will feature the Traveling Danburys.

A live and silent auction are among the event highlights and will feature incredible local art, custom corn hole game sets, exclusive services and experiences. Art includes pieces by Dave Brooker, producer of multiple abstract art and community-based projects. Mr Brooker's limited edition splatter paint Be Kind necklaces and custom corn hole game sets will be exclusive to this event.

Newly added to the silent auction are mosaic stepping stones designed by local school children and made by Ben's Bells.

In addition, the hottest and most exclusive items of the evening are custom Ben's Bells mosaic garden benches. Each is unique, and available only at the Celebration of Kindness each year.

Ben's Bells merchandise will also be available to purchase.

The mission of Ben's Bells is to inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.

Ben's Bells Project was founded in 2003 after the sudden death of Jeannette Maré's 2-year old son, Ben. The simple, everyday acts of kindness following his death helped Ms Maré survive and begin to heal.

She was inspired to establish the Ben's Bells Project as a way to recognize and continue the kindness shown to her. On the first anniversary of Ben's death, 400 bells were hung in public places for strangers to find. To date more than 54,000 bells have been hung in Tucson, Ariz., and beyond.

While schools in this area had interaction with Ben's Bells prior to 12/14, Newtown was fully introduced to the project in January 2013, when Ms Maré was joined by others from Tucson for a journey to Newtown. More than 1,000 Ben's Bells were hung around Newtown and Sandy Hook within weeks of the shooting, offering residents the small gesture of "a bit of brightness to a dark place," Ms Maré told

A Ben's Bells studio, the first to be set up outside of Arizona, was operational in Newtown from 2013 until July 2015. In October 2015 the Ben's Bells Connecticut studio opened at 32 Stony Hill Road, which is within walking distance of this year's Kindness Celebration location.

In addition to bell distributions, Ben's Bells Project provides kindness education programming for more than 440 schools, organizations, and businesses.

For more information about Ben's Bells, visit

For tickets and additional information concerning the 2017 Celebration of Kindness Connecticut visit

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