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Vista's Starlight Benefit Sets Sail for Gilligan's Island
Posted on January 21st, 2016

​(Members of Vista’s Starlight Benefit Committee are gearing up for this year’s Gilligan’s Island-themed event on April 16. From left are Margie Butler, Jean Brookman, Heidi Teubert and Francoise Williams.
Photo credit: Vanessa Pereira)

Spend an evening with Gilligan, the Skipper, Mary Ann and Ginger at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa on Saturday, April 16th during the Vista Starlight Benefit on Gilligan’s Island.
The event—Vista’s annual spring fundraiser and social event—features a cocktail function, live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment. Guests are encouraged to embrace this year’s Gilligan’s Island theme by coming dressed as one of the castaways, or as one of the many guest stars who appeared on the island.
Taking the helm of the S.S. Minnow is event honoree Charles Steinberg, owner of Branford Jewelers. Steinberg is a great friend of Vista and tremendous supporter of many organizations along the shoreline. An avid cyclist, Steinberg supports a number of charitable rides, including the Vista Tour de Shore cycling event and fundraiser. Vista is proud to honor Steinberg for his dedication and commitment to the Vista and shoreline communities.
More than 250 people attended last year’s Broadway-themed Starlight Benefit, which net over $90,000. Funds raised at the event support the many programs and services offered at Vista, an organization that serves individuals with disabilities. A unique auction held during the evening benefits Vista’s Student/Member Enrichment Fund, which helps underwrite special projects and initiatives that directly benefit students and members in Vista’s programs.  
Event tickets start at $100. Sponsorships and online fundraising opportunities are also available. Visit ​to support the Starlight Benefit.  For questions or to get involved, contact Jessica Liedke, Manager of Fundraising and Events, at  or (860) 399-8080 ext. 268. 

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