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Darien Chamber's Wine Tasting, Charity Auction Supports Local Groups

Darien Chamber President Carol Wilder Tamme and Susan Hamill of Darien Depot attended the wine tasting and charity auction.
Darien Chamber President Carol Wilder Tamme and Susan Hamill of Darien Depot attended the wine tasting and charity auction. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Chefs from Atria prepared food for guests.
Chefs from Atria prepared food for guests. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Darien Social provided delicious food for guests.
Darien Social provided delicious food for guests. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Bill Jensen, left, of Darien Toy Box and Amy Rowe Smith of Atria attended the event.
Bill Jensen, left, of Darien Toy Box and Amy Rowe Smith of Atria attended the event. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Master of ceremonies John Lundeen talks to the audience.
Master of ceremonies John Lundeen talks to the audience. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Paul Cullen of Martin Scott Wines.
Paul Cullen of Martin Scott Wines. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Megan Palmer and Christian Ruiz supplied food from Palmer's Market.
Megan Palmer and Christian Ruiz supplied food from Palmer's Market. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Sails American Grill provided food for guests.
Sails American Grill provided food for guests. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Silent auction items helped raise money for the cause.
Silent auction items helped raise money for the cause. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
State Senators Carlo Leone, left, and Bob Duff, right, meet Mike Sweeney of Merrill Lynch.
State Senators Carlo Leone, left, and Bob Duff, right, meet Mike Sweeney of Merrill Lynch. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack
Whole Foods also had food for the guests.
Whole Foods also had food for the guests. Photo Credit: Cathleen Stack

DARIEN, Conn. – The Darien Chamber of Commerce held its ninth annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction at BMW of Darien recently.

The event raised funds for The Depot Youth Center, YWCA Darien/Norwalk and the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

Key contributors to the success of the event were Tim Smith from WinePort (and his six vendors) and Paula Callari from BMW & Callari Auto Group and their employees for providing a fabulous venue and wine for the evening.

Sponsors who provided delicacies were  Atria of Darien, Darien Social, Palmer's Fine Foods & Catering, Rory's Restaurant, Sails American Grill, Ten Twenty Post-Oyster Bar & Bistro, and Whole Foods Market.

Sponsors and Elite Members included: Darien Rowayton Bank, Tibbettts, Keating & Butler, EPOD, People's United Bank, Rucci Law Group, Neil Hauck Architects, Tibbetts, Keating & Butler and  The Darien Times.

There were nearly 200 guests. Committee members were Susan Hamill, Mindi Miller, Barbara Paul, David Rosenberg, Toni Sabia, Cathleen Stack, Jolanda Sutherland and  Patti Stuebe. Kaye Leong was chairman of the Wine Tasting and Charity Auction committee.

Master of ceremonies John Lundeen and Music Mixer Kunjan entertained the guests. Volunteers from The Depot, the YWCA Darien/Norwak and The Darien Chamber of Commerce Board also supported the event, along with people who donated more than 90 auction items.

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