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Special Event Will Honor Scott Slifka’s Service to West Hartford

Scott Slifka during the October snowstorm in 2011. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

A special tribute to former Mayor Scott Slifka will also benefit the Town That Cares Fund and West Hartford Community Television.

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By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Town Council paid tribute to Scott Slifka at his final meeting as mayor on May 16, but now the public will have an opportunity to honor West Hartford’s longest-serving mayor for his service and wish him well in his new job and future endeavors.

“Thank You, Scott Slifka,” which will also serve as a fundraiser for two local non-profits, will be held on June 22, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the Town Hall Auditorium.

Two former Town Council colleagues – former Mayor and current Commissioner of Consumer Protection Jonathan Harris and former Deputy Mayor Art Spada – will serve as Masters of Ceremonies as the community roasts, toasts, and boasts about Slifka’s tenure as mayor.

Scott Slifka during the October snowstorm in 2011. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Scott Slifka during the October snowstorm in 2011. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

The “homerun tribute” will feature the premiere of a special send-off video parody of one of Slifka’s favorite films, “The Natural” and the festivities will also include signatures dishes and beverages provided by local restaurants.

Slifka’s voice became very familiar to residents through his nightly phone recorded phone calls that began during the October snowstorm in 2011, and guests at the tribute will have the opportunity to record their own video message to him.

Tickets to the tribute are $35 per person and parking will be validated. For $100 per person (additional funds donated to the charities), you can become a “BFF.” All proceeds will benefit The Town That Cares and West Hartford Community Television.

To obtain a ticket, go to www.WHCTV.org and click on “Thank You, Scott Slifka.” A check made payable to “WHC-TV” can also be mailed or delivered in person at the WHC-TV Town Hall Studios, 50 South Main St., West Hartford, CT 06107.

For more information, please contact WHC-TV Executive Director Jennifer Evans at [email protected].

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