Deb Deziel of Litchfield, center, reacts after winning the raffle during the Litchfield Community Center’s "Litchfield to London" fundraiser on Saturday. With Deziel are the event’s chairman, Ron Leal, right, community center executive director Berta Andrulis Mette and Brian McCormick, president of the community center’s board of directors. BZ photos
What a night it was Saturday at the Litchfield Community Center as a crowd of 330 set sail on the Litchfield to London fundraiser benefiting the community center.
The annual gala kicked off the community center’s week-long summer fest program. Proceeds from the lively affair organized by community center executive director Berta Andrulis Mette and the center’s board of directors will help the center fund activities and programs for the public.
The big moment of the evening saw Deb Deziel of Litchfield win the raffle of a trip for two to London aboard the Queen Mary II. The seven-day cruise in November will be followed by a five-night stay in London and a flight home. Transportation to the Queen Mary in New York, from the dock to the hotel in London and from the airport back to Litchfield are all part of the package.
Deziel’s winning ticket was one of 2,000 sold for the raffle.
Ron Leal, a member of the board of directors, conceived the fundraiser idea and worked with Andrulis Mette to make it happen. They were assisted by board members and dozens of volunteers. The festive evening included food from the Village Restaurant, Tilden Seafood and other caterers, beer and wine, and samples of spirits from the Litchfield Distillery. Live music from two bands and dancing added even more luster.
Deb Deziel and Berta Andrulis Mette
Ron Leal greets Frank Vanoni as the fundraiser gets underway.
Charlie and Joan Gill
Chris and Jill Hodge
Tom Curran and Laura Lasker, right, were among those lighting up the dance floor.
From left, Mickey Wyse, Kate Sileo and Egils Bogdanovics.
A look at the grounds outside the community center.
Berta Andrulis Mette and her husband, Matt.
Lanie Marshall and Ron Leal
Dean Birdsall and Margaret Gildea
Volunteer servers, from left, Meredith Snowden, Molly Andulis and Alana McKenna.
Selling raffle tickets were Hal Rossiter and Peg Perusse.
David Baker of the Litchfield Distillery offered a tasting of his products.
Cliff Cooper, left, and Matt Andrulis Mette.
Tilden Seafood owner Wes Small and his daughters, from left, Brooke, Casey and Amanda.
Peter and Mary Tavino
The team room servers were, from left, Anna Fossi, Lucy Sowerby, Allison Delello, Claire Andrulis and Deborah Sowerby.
Enjoying the tea room are, from left, Audrey Dowding and Joyce Chicarelli.
Ronni Anderson and Elli Crisman
Revelers packed the grounds outside the building.
Diana Cote and Ronni Schoelzel
A dapper Jim Stedronsky dances with Nancy MacMillan.