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West Hartford Mayor’s Charity Ball Benefits Local Nonprofits

Michael Cantor and West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor. 19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Guests dined and danced under the ‘Grande Tent’ at West Hartford Town Hall Saturday night as they generously supported several local nonprofits.

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford celebrated in style Saturday night at the 19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, presided over by Mayor Shari Cantor.

The cool and damp weather did nothing to dampen the spirits – or the hairstyles and black tie attire – of the hundreds of attendees at West Hartford’s signature gala.

Guests began the evening by walking down the “red carpet” into Town Hall. The first stop was a reception in the auditorium where they sipped cocktails, sampled hors d’oeuvres based on themes from DORO’s restaurants, and bid on silent auction items. The Conard Concert Jazz Combo provided background music.

At 8 p.m., guests moved into the “Grande Tent” where they were entertained by Playhouse on Park’s stop/time dance theater.

Mayor Shari Cantor thanked the guests for attending, as did representatives of the nonprofit beneficiaries – Suzanne Oslander from The Town That Cares Fund and Tracy Flater from Playhouse on Park.

Guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner prepared by DORO Catering.

WFSB anchors Dennis House and Kara Sundlun served as emcees and Gary Katz handled the auctioneering duty as guests bid on lavish vacations, an overnight stay at the Delamar West Hartford Hotel, dinner at the home of Shari and Michael Cantor, a catered backyard party for 20, and a VIP party at Playhouse on Park.

The “raise the paddle” pledged funds for The Town That Cares Food Pantry and Playhouse on Park’s “Literature Alive.”

Before the evening ended, guests crowded the dance floor for several sets of energetic music by Locomotion.

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19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, May 12, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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