50th Anniversary Gala

'You're Invited!'

You're Invited!

As we reflect on our past, our future looks bright. Join us for an evening of mingling, dinner, dancing, and auction offerings as we celebrate High Hopes’ 50th anniversary.

As our largest annual fundraiser, this event and the paddle raise provide critical support for our programs and participants. Your support ensures High Hopes thrives as a place where horse and human interactions improve lives.

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Individual Ticket – $225

VIP Table Host for 6 – $2,500
A table for up to 6 guests
Champagne service and dedicated waitstaff
Preferred seating
A gift for you and your guests

VIP Table Host for 10 – $3,000
A table for up to 10 guests
Champagne service and dedicated waitstaff
Preferred seating
A gift for you and your guests

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♡ 5:00 – 6:45 PM Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails & Symphonic Music Overlooking the Farm

♡ 6:00 – 7:45 PM Bar, Auction Boutique & Dinner Stations Open in the Indoor Arena

♡ 6:45 PM Outdoor Bar Closes

♡ 7:30 PM Video Presentation, Paddle Raise & Anniversary Toast

♡ 8:00 PM Dancing to ETA Music

♡ 9:00 PM Intermission & Auction Countdown

♡ 9:20 PM Auction Conclusion & Second Set from ETA Music

♡ 9:30 – 10:30 PM Gourmet Pizza from The Rolling Tomato

♡ 11:00 PM Event Conclusion


Bid on a wide array of unique items, including travel, recreational, and cultural experiences. Whether you attend the gala or prefer to bid from the comfort of your home, bids will be placed on a secure online bidding platform. Auction bids can be made from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer at your convenience. Bidders will be notified when they have been outbid and may set a maximum bid on items of their choosing. Stay tuned – the auction will open Friday, May 24th, and conclude June 8th at 9:20 PM.

Good Luck!


Thank You to our Presenting Sponsors

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The RiverLane - Presenting Sponsor
Saybrook Home - Presenting Sponsor

The Bauman Family Foundation

Thank You to our Emerald Sponsors

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Thank You to our Sapphire Sponsors

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Sullivan Financial Advisors - Sapphire Sponsor
Grand Wine & Spirits - Sapphire Sponsor
Wolf Tree Landscape Architecture - Sapphire Sponsor
Guilford Savings Bank and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County - Sapphire  Sponsor
Reynolds' Subaru - Sapphire Sponsors
Novak Brothers Landscaping - Sapphire Sponsors

Hugh & Saskia Evans

The Rolling Tomato - Sapphire Sponsor
Ring's End - Sapphire Sponsor
The Buttery - Sapphire Sponsor
Valenti Auto Mall - Sapphire Sponsor
Eversource - Sapphire Sponsor
Chelsea Groton Bank - Sapphire Sponsor

David Adams | Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

River Valley Periodontics - Sapphire Sponsor
Grand Prix Equine - Sapphire Sponsor
Waterview Landscaping - Sapphire Sponsor
Guilford Rotary Club - Sapphire Sponsor

Thank You to our Ruby Sponsors

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Direct Clean Solutions - Ruby Sponsor
Essex Savings Bank - Ruby Sponsor
All Pro Automotive - Ruby Sponsor
Dime Bank - Ruby Sponsor
BrandTech - Ruby Sponsor

Ted Schaaf | Citizens Private Client

K Blake - Ruby Sponsor
Principle Wealth - Ruby Sponsor
Claremont - Ruby Sponsor
Shoreline Eye Group - Ruby Sponsor
Taylor Rental - Ruby Sponsor
Connecticut Orthopaedics - Ruby Sponsor
Pasta Vita - Ruby Sponsor

Thank You to our Pearl Sponsors

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Event Chairs

Maris Wacs & Barbara Willkens

Master of Ceremonies

Joe Rhodes

Gala Committee

Diana Artiles
Chris Berger
Jane Bolles
Todd Burgess
Jamie Childs
Sharon Cooke
Kim Grant
Kim Kaiser
Jo Kelly
Jim Lewis
Joan Lombardozzi
Kinny Newman
Sara Qua
Gary Rogers
Tia Smith
Pat Thompson


For questions about the 50th Anniversary Gala, please contact Trudy Burgess at tburgess@highhopestr.org or (860)434-1974 ext. 123.

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