Bridge Family Center Will Host 2018 Children’s Charity Ball in New Venue

The Children's Charity Ball Committee is already at work planning the 2018 gala. Courtesy photo

The West Hartford non-profit has already started planning its signature fundraiser and announced this week that the Children’s Charity Ball will be held in the former G. Fox Building in downtown Hartford.


For the first time in 18 years, the Bridge Family Center will host its Children’s Charity Ball in a new venue. The event is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2018, at Marquee Events in downtown Hartford, which many local residents may remember as the former G. Fox Building.

“The Children’s Charity Ball is our signature event,” says Margaret Hann, executive director of the Bridge. “It nets an average of $247,000 toward the $640,000-$740,000 we need to raise each year to meet the needs of our mission and is a vital part of how we support over 11,000 children and families in our region. After 18 successful years at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, we are trying something new. And while we are excited to respond to the feedback we have gotten from our guests to offer something fresh, we wish to thank the Hartford Golf Club for its ongoing support. They have been valued partners for nearly two decades, and we appreciate the professionalism they showed as we worked with them for many months as part of our venue evaluation.”

The Bridge is the Youth Service Bureau for the Town of West Hartford and also operates the West Hartford Teen Center, the Family Resource Center, and has one of its three counseling centers on Farmington Avenue.

“West Hartford is our home and has been for nearly 50 years,” notes Amanda Aronson, director of Marketing & Communications and Event Planner for the Children’s Charity Ball. “So when it came time for us to evaluate venues, we began our search here in town and included the new Delamar Hotel in our review. After many evaluations, both in West Hartford and throughout the region, the Marquee space allowed us to run our event with the 375-person capacity it calls for, and had the additional spaces we need for other elements of the event.”

Aronson adds, “Guests will recognize many features of the evening, including our beloved and generous emcee Scot Haney; however, we have a few new things up our sleeve. And if anyone is wondering about parking, the red carpet will be rolled out and complimentary valet parking will be available. It’s going to be an amazing event!”

About The Bridge Family Center

Based in West Hartford, Connecticut, the Bridge Family Center is a comprehensive, regional nonprofit agency that provides a broad range of services for children, families, and adults throughout the Greater Hartford area. Last year, the Bridge served approximately 11,000 children and families.

Founded in 1969, the Bridge offers a safe haven for children and families in crisis as well as positive, healthy intervention and prevention programs. It is recognized as a leader in bringing the community together to assess issues and needs, and plans, coordinates, delivers and evaluates services in a cost-effective manner. In addition to a nationally recognized Family Resource Center, a teen center, and many in-school youth services, it also runs three counseling centers, five short-term respite homes, a therapeutic group home, and an independent living program. For more information, visit www.bridgefamilycenter.org.


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