Family Centers brings Chinatown to Greenwich

Night of the Dragon co-chairs, from left, Ann Croll, Merrilou Hillenbrand and Pam Caffray.

Night of the Dragon co-chairs, from left, Ann Croll, Merrilou Hillenbrand and Pam Caffray.

Family Centers’ “Chinatown: Night of the Dragon” raised more than $500,000 for the organization, entertaining more than 325 guests with an array of culturally-themed entertainment on May 31.

Held at the Greenwich Armory, the event took on the spirit of a Chinatown street festival, complete with swirling silk, exotic music and colorful dragons.

Greenwich residents Pam Caffray, Ann Croll and Merrilou Hillenbrand served as co-chairs the organization’s’ largest fund-raiser of the year, working to create a complete experience for their guests. The Armory was decorated in the vein of a Chinese pagoda, boasting glowing lanterns, parasols and dragons. Saffron 59 prepared a family-style Chinese dinner for guests. During the cocktail reception, visitors enjoyed “The Red Lotus,” the evening’s signature drink, took rides on the “Dragon Wagon” roller coster, and enjoyed a number of cultural exhibitions, including a martial arts demonstration by Chinese Lion Dancers and a dance from the Chinese Dragon Dancers after sunset.

By the end of the night the Greenwich-based Family Centers had raised more than half a million dollars to put towards its public health and education programs.

Family Centers currently serves more than 23,500 Fairfield County residents annually.

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