Benefit proves to be all that jazz

From left, Kiersten Salander, Laurie Grauer, Tory Grauer and Avery Broadbent got into the spirit of the event when they attended the Gatsby on the Sound event.

From left, Kiersten Salander, Laurie Grauer, Tory Grauer and Avery Broadbent got into the spirit of the event when they attended the Gatsby on the Sound event.

Gatsby glamor was back in all its glory on May 31 at Family Centers’ annual Gatsby on the Sound benefit.

The organization transported more than 450 guests back to a time when jazz music filled the air, flapper dancers were all the rage and elegance was always in fashion.

Held at the waterfront home of Laurie and Peter Grauer, Gatsby on the Sound captured the essence of the classic novel, The Great Gatsby, and brought a slice of West Egg to Greenwich.

Co-chairs Laurie Grauer and Brooke Ashforth created an unforgettable evening straight from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece. During the event’s cocktail reception, guests sipped on signature drinks called “The Daisy” and were entertained by a three-piece ragtime band, a strolling magician and a cigarette girl.

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 enjoyed a sit-down dinner prepared by Food Design, they enjoyed 20’s and 30’s standards performed by the Marianne Bennett Orchestra.

Following an energized show from professional Charleston dancers, guests danced the night away to the sounds of hits from the 1950’s through today.

Gatsby on the Sound was Family Centers’ largest fundraiser of the year, and raised more than $650,000 for the agency’s human service, health and education programs serving more than 25,000 Fairfield County residents each year.

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