how SWEET it is

is one of Connecticut's Premier Gala Events

By supporting our Gala, you can positively impact the lives of many different individuals, their families and their friends. High Hopes is one of a handful of organizations that serve such a wide range of individuals, from diverse economic communities, with physical, cognitive and a wide variety of emotional disabilities.

The Evening's Events

dinner - dancing - fundraising

5:00 pm
COCKTAIL PARTY & Silent Auction

7:00 pm

7:45 pm
LIVE AUCTION & scholarship drive with auctioneer John Peters

8:00 pm

9:00 pm
INTERMISSION visit the boutique with your friends

9:15 pm
AUCTION BIDDING officially ends

Auction Overview

a few highlights

See below for the list of items and click for more information. Additional items will be added weekly so be sure to check back often. If you would like to bid on an item but are unable to attend the event please contact Sara Qua, Development Director, at or (860) 434-1974.

Silent Auction & Buy Now

Silent Auction items are available on the night only. Check back soon to make a note of your favorites

Buy Now items are available for pre-sale. These items are generally experiences with a limited number of tickets available so please, check back soon!

Dancing to SUGAR

Performing together as a band for over 15 years, we’ve really seen and done it all.

We’ve shared the stage with the likes of Bo Diddley, Rick Derringer, Tower of Power, The Go Go’s, Kansas, Toto, Dick Dale, Eddie Money, Trick Pony, Men At Work, J. Geils, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, and Peter Frampton, to name a few.

Find out more about SUGAR

Event Chairs

Hannah Childs and Emily Jewett

Committee Chairs

Paula Bingham
Jane Bolles
Newt Brainard
Todd Burgess
Kathy Dilullo
Faulkner Hunt
Jackie Kangley
Jim Lewis
Gary Rogers
Terry Parkinson

Committee Chairs

Nina Peck
John Peters
Amy Race
Jeff Ridgway
Robin Schonberger
Rob Shiely
Todd Sky
Tia Smith
Deborah Welles
Barbara Willkens

Please join us in thanking our Event Sponsors

without whom this evening would not be possible

Northstar Wealth Partners is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor with 6 Connecticut locations. Our firm’s five partners are passionate about financial services, and lifelong practitioners themselves, with clients throughout the country.  Our dedicated team of advisors is experienced, engaged, and professional.  Together, we strive to provide our clients with an extraordinarily high level of service. Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC.  Investment advice offered through Northstar Wealth Partners, a Registered Investment Advisor and a separate entity from LPL Financial.

Our company is built on a proud legacy of public service, innovation and community involvement. In addition to our core businesses, Dominion Energy and our 16,200 employees invest in the communities where we live and work and by practicing responsible environmental stewardship wherever we operate. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, Dominion Energy [NYSE: D] is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of electric generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering, storage and distribution pipeline and 6,600 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines. We operate one of the largest natural gas storage systems in the U.S. with 1 trillion cubic feet of capacity and serve more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers.


to our Diamond & Emerald Partners



to our Sapphire Partners


Thank you to our Pearl Partners

Coldwell Banker
Daniels Energy
Dime Bank
Essex Savings Bank
Jamie Childs – William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty
Jean Callan King Interior Design

Madison Chrysler, Inc.
Middlesex Hospital
Select Medical Corp.
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The Sound at Gateway Commons
Threetrees Interiors