‘Flying down to Rio’ event lands successfully

U. S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a Greenwich resident, and YWCA President and CEO Adrianne Singer shared a smile at the recent Persimmon Ball.

U. S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a Greenwich resident, and YWCA President and CEO Adrianne Singer shared a smile at the recent Persimmon Ball.

The YWCA Greenwich has proven that going to a ball is not just reserved for princesses.

Approximately 475 community-minded guests recently attended the popular YWCA Greenwich Persimmon Ball, held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

The event, themed “Flying Down to Rio,” was an elegant black tie, dinner-dance that celebrated the good works of the YWCA and honored one of Greenwich’s most prominent citizens — Terry Betteridge of Betteridge Jewelers. This year, the Persimmon Ball featured a gourmet banquet, dancing to the Short Bus Band, a performance by Samba New York, a Caipirinha Bar and sensational live and silent auctions.

“Thanks to our hard-working co-chairs, Persimmon Ball was a great event for a great cause,” said Adrianne Singer, YWCA president and CEO. “Proceeds from this, our largest fund-raiser, will enable the YWCA to provide a wide range of free services to victims of domestic violence; grant scholarships to our preschool, summer camps, after-school and aquatic programs; and offer the community free racial justice initiatives and women’s leadership seminars.

At the auction, attendees ran up the bidding on items like a week’s stay at a luxurious, fully staffed, colonial water front home in Cartagena, Colombia; seven days in a sea-facing room at the beautiful Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, including winery tours and a safari; a masters suite for six in Jackson Hole Wyo. and tickets to soccer in Rio in an owners suite.

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