The Housatonic Valley Association’s annual Auction to Benefit the Environment is marking its 27th year on Sunday, December 3.
HVA is gearing up for another successful auction that includes donations from friends throughout the valley. The auction is known for offering unique experiences such as exotic vacations, weekend country getaways, outdoor adventures, theater and sporting event tickets and fine dining. Items up for bid will include home furnishings, antiques, fashions, artwork, outdoor gear and more.
The proceeds support HVA’s mission to conserve the natural character and environmental health of the communities of the Housatonic River watershed. Supporting the auction helps conserve riverfront land, stops pollution, protects drinking water, saves wildlife habitat, allows thousands of local children to enjoy and learn about our natural world – and so much more.
Christine Baranski, HVA Board member and star of CBS’s The Good Fight, is chairing the Benefit Auction Committee along with Margo Martindale, Seth and Alexi Meyers, Diane von Furstenberg, Linda Allard, Pam and Jack Baker, Robert Couturier and Jeffrey Morgan, Diane Meier, Graydon and Anna Carter, Carolyn Klemm, Hamilton South and Manuel Bellod, John Favreau, Pat Lahoud and Paula Van Ness.
Auctioneer extraordinaire Tim Luke takes center stage at 2:30 pm. He has been featured on HGTV’s Cash in the Attic. With his co-auctioneer Greg Strahm, he keeps auction bidders on their toes with high energy, humor and warmth.
Washington’s own Chris Zaima is bringing his design expertise to the setting this year and, along with Debby Bennett of Kent Greenhouse and Gardens, will create just the right ambience for music (Miles of Swing), delectable edibles (Executive Cuisine), cocktails, wine, and exuberant bidding.
Honorary Auction Committee members at the Diamond and Platinum sponsorship level are invited to a special Bellini Brunch reception hosted by Linda Allard and Baranski at Linda’s home from noon to 1 p.m before the auction.
The auction has been a sold-out event for the past several years and raises more than $150,000 annually for projects that protect land, rivers and local drinking water. Last year it grossed $165,000. Donors, along with more than 225 guests, make this possible.
Sunday, December 3 at 1 pm
Bellini Brunch Reception: 12 – 1 pm
Auction: 2:30 pm
Reservations: 860-672-6678 or
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