Big Barn Tailgate 2021

'You're Invited!'

An evening of dinner, dancing, and socially-distanced fun.

You're Invited!

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Let's Tailgate!

With the development of multiple vaccines to aid in the fight against the pandemic and a renewed sense of hope and our hearts full of gratitude, High Hopes is hosting a socially-distanced BIG BARN TAILGATE. This will be a celebration of our vibrant, philanthropic community whose support makes it possible for High Hopes to provide a place where horses and humans together improve lives.

Don your dancing shoes or cowboy boots and let’s kick up our heels (socially-distanced of course!) to the extensive music repertoire of local sensation Sugar. Enjoy gourmet boxed dinners with dessert, bar service, and VIP packages.

E V E N T   T I M E L I N E

6:00–7:30 PM Gates open for dinner and beverage pickup
7:30 PM Sugar’s 1st Set
8:30 PM Video Presentation & Scholarship Drive
9:00 PM Sugar’s 2nd Set


VIP Tickets
Let us do the work for you with VIP tickets! VIP tickets include parking for up to two cars depending on the amount of guests in your tailgate, signature charcuterie board, sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries, gourmet boxed dinner with dessert, and beverage kit of your choice, table, table-scape, and chairs for up to eight.

General Admission Tickets
General Admission tickets include parking for one car and a tailgate area, gourmet boxed dinner with dessert, and a beverage kit of your choice. Guests will need to bring chairs, table, and tailgate essentials.

Get Your Tickets

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a different gala this year and you probably have questions! We have the answers you’re looking for.

Checkout our list of frequently asked Tailgate questions to find out more.



This year our auction will once again be conducted through GiveSmart’s online bidding platform. Auction bids can be made from your mobile phone, computer, or tablet at your convenience. Bidders will be notified when they have been outbid and may set maximum bids.

View our unique auction items

Auction Pre-Sale

Gazebo Luxury Dining

The Gazebo at High Hopes will be transformed into a luxurious tailgate viewing party for eight guests. It will offer a beautiful table-scape with ample room to mingle, dining al fresco from a sophisticated, customized menu from Coffee’s Country Market served by a dedicated waitstaff. You can watch the Tailgate from a private viewing screen and dance the night away to the sounds of local sensation Sugar.

Begin your dining experience with a charcuterie board, cocktails of your choice, and sparkling wine. Then enjoy sliced beef tenderloin, teriyaki glazed salmon filets, cheddar biscuit with honey butter, kale salad, and grilled vegetables. Finish your dining experience with fruit tarts with vanilla custard, chocolate covered strawberries, and cookie and brownie bites.

The bidding price for this unique auction item starts at $1,800. Bidding opens June 1st and closes at 10 PM on June 7th.

Bid now!

Thank you to our Tailgate Partners

Become a Partner

Dominion Energy
Benchmark Wealth Management, LLC

Julia Balfour, LLC
Power Posse Productions
Hall Radio
Yale New Haven Health — Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
Bernadette & Lee Olivier
All American Waste
Hamilton Point Investments
Grand Wine & Spirits
Franklin Organic Mushrooms
Maple Lane Farms
Grand Prix Equine
Principle Wealth Partners
Novak Brothers Landscaping
Northern Trust
Valenti Auto Group
Chelsea Groton Bank
AJ Shea Construction, LLC
River Valley Periodontics
All Pro Automotive &
Pasta Vita
Printing Plus
Ted Schaaf - Citizens Investment Services
Shoreline Eye Group
Dave Adams — Morgan Stanley
ESSENCE Center for Beauty and Wellness
Herb Chambers Companies
Reynolds' Subaru & Reynolds' Boats
Essex Savings Bank
S.S. Hallahan Housewright
Lyme / Old Lyme Neighbors Magazine
Carefree Boat Club
Dime Bank
Exencial Wealth Advisors
Safe Harbor – Pilot's Point
Chekal Writing
Eye Doctors, Optometrists P.C.
Rives & Nancy Potts
Gallagher Autos
Long River Farm
Caulfield & Ridgway
Charter Oak Credit Union
Clark Group
Lane Construction
Madison Chrysler Inc.
Middlesex Hospital
The E List
Grenier Lender
CW Kerr, LLC
Gull Associates
Win Moves Coaching
Environmental Systems Corporation
Taylor Rental — Party Plus
Trowbridge Masonry
Saybrook Home
Finkeldey's BMJ
Bouvier Insurance
Monte Financial Group
Coffee's Country Market

With Thanks

Event Chairs

Robin Schonberger & Barbara Willkens

Master of Ceremonies

Joe Rhodes

Committee Chairs

Jamie Childs
Cheryl Heffernan
Emily Jewett
Jacqueline Kangley
Celina Merrill
Mac Mummert
Jeff Ridgway
     Gary Rogers
Erin Schaaf
Tia Smith

High Hopes will strictly adhere to all State and CDC guidelines and recommendations related to COVID-19. We ask our High Hopes community to support us as we create a safe and fun event.

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