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Vista Starlight Benefit Raises Over $100k
Posted on April 25th, 2016

​Nearly 250 people enjoyed an evening as “castaways on a desert island” at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa on April 16th for the Vista Starlight Benefit, an annual spring fundraiser and social event for Vista Life Innovations—an organization that provides programs and services to individuals with disabilities.
 
This year’s castaway-themed event stands to net over $100,000, making it the most successful Starlight Benefit to date. Funds raised during the event go toward enhancing Vista’s many programs and services, including art programming, employment services, life skills instruction, recreation and more.
 
Of the net proceeds, more than $48,000 was raised during a unique live auction benefitting Vista’s Student/Member Enrichment Fund. This special fund helps underwrite many initiatives that enhance the lives of Vista’s students and members, such as educational day trips, wellness activities and new iPads for programming.
 
The event honored Branford philanthropist Charlie Steinberg, owner of Branford Jewelers. Steinberg is a friend and supporter of Vista and numerous organizations along the shoreline.
 
Guests were welcomed ashore by the cheerful sound of a ukulele played by Guilford musician Jessica Coston. Highlights included cocktails, a photo booth, live and silent auctions, dinner and a sneak peek performance of Vista’s upcoming musical production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”
 
The 2016 Starlight Benefit was presented by Andi Barouh, the Matthew Seaman Family, Essex Printing, the Malhotra Family, the Rajiv Malhotra Memorial Fund, and Select Fence & Guardrail.


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