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Silent Auction, Excitement Building For Lions Club Fundraiser



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Retail (For) Therapy, a vendor fair and silent auction event, will be offered at Julie Allen Bridals on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Sandy Hook Elementary Fund, organized in the wake of 12/14 by Newtown Lions Club to help cover the counseling costs of Sandy Hook School students, their immediate families, SHES faculty, and first responders.

Lauren Morehouse, a bridal consultant at Julie Allen Bridals, is also a consultant for the jewelry company Chloe + Isabel. She will be joined by Julie Allen Bridals employee Liz Brestovansky, a consultant for Kokoon Clothing, and MaryAnn Cyr-Suarez, a consultant for Jamberry, in presenting the event.

A Tastefully Simple consultant is also planning to participate in Wednesday’s fundraising event.

Organizers are also arranging for items to be sold through silent auction. In addition to items that were announced last week — including gift certificates from Butcher’s Best Market, a gift basket from Your Healthy Pet, manicures from Newtown Nail Spa, a blowout at Robert Anthony’s Hair Studio, items from Dunkin’ Donuts and a donation from Queen Street Gifts & Treats among them — event organizer Lauren Morehouse said this week additional silent auction items continue to arrive.

Recent additions include a family photo session by professional photographer Mike Yamin (a $250 value), original jewelry from JaxBee, the company created by former Bachelor contestant Renee Oteri, being offered before they are released to the public; a gift certificate to Massage Envy, provided by the Fairfield location; a customized newborn baby blanket; a facial from Limelight Studios in Milford; a gift certificate from Whispers, in Orange; and more.

Additional items will be announced on the event’s Facebook page as they are confirmed. Winners will not have to be present when the auction results are announced.

Finally, the event will have for purchase an exclusive series of polymer clay ornaments created by Laurel Boyd, a Maryland artist the team found via Etsy. The sale of the pale green and white heart-shaped ornaments, which are $10 each, will also benefit the Lions Club.

“She’s a stay-at-home mom who has beautiful work, and we really liked what she does,” said Mrs Morehouse, who reached out to Ms Boyd with a request to create 100 ornaments for the Retail (For) Therapy event. “When I explained what I was looking for, she said OK immediately,” Mrs Morehouse said.

“They’re really pretty,” said Mrs Cyr-Suarez. “They don’t even have to be Christmas ornaments. They’re the kind of design that can be hung year-round.”

The ornaments quietly debuted at Julie Allen Bridals on October 21. They are already available for purchase at the bridal salon, as well as Queen Street Gifts & Treats, 3 Queen Street.

Light refreshments will be served.

“I’m excited,” Mrs Morehouse said October 28. “Things are really coming together well.

“I’m hoping we will be able to raise a few thousand dollars for the Lions.”

For additional information, Julie Allen Bridals can be reached by calling 203-426-4378. On Facebook, search for Retail (for) Therapy Fundraising Event.

Small clay hearts created by Maryland artist Laurel Boyd are being offered for sale as part of a fundraiser for Newtown Lions Club’s Sandy Hook Elementary Fund. The 2¾ by 2¾-inch ornaments are $10 each.
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