Friends and supporters of the nonprofit agency that brings compassionate home health and hospice care to the community gathered on May 1 to enjoy The Magic of May and raise funds for the patients of Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

The magic-themed benefit was held at the Southport home of Liz Fox and raised more than $80,000 for the agency’s patients in need. Highlights included live and silent auctions, the wizardry of celebrated magician, Bill Herz, the musical mojo of Chris Coogan at the keyboards, and mesmerizing views of Southport Harbor and Long Island Sound.

Judy Higby of Wilton spoke from the podium about the services she received from the skilled caregivers at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County when she had a knee replaced earlier this year. She expressed gratitude for the exceptional care she was given and the ability to remain at home while she recovered from surgery and underwent intensive physical therapy.

The Bauer Foundation was the title sponsor of the benefit as was Liz Fox. Other event sponsors were Janet and Peter Lebovitz, Ken Edgar and Denise Harvey, Day Pitney LLP, Louise B. Goodridge, Sara and Dave Hunt, and Ellen and Scott Lewis.

Members of the volunteer benefit committee included Wilton residents Carol Bauer, Carol Boehly, Judy Higby, Janice Hess and Ellen Lewis.

“We are thankful for the friendship and support of so many in the community who share in our mission to bring healing and comfort to the patients and families in our care,” said agency President and CEO, Sharon M. Bradley. “We are enormously grateful to Liz Fox and the Bauer Foundation for their exceptionally generous support as well as all our corporate and individual sponsors. We also want to thank our volunteer Benefit Committee, our in-kind donors and everyone who contributed to this very special evening.  The funds raised at this event will touch the lives of the many patients in need in our community and we extend our heartfelt thanks.”

Information: visitingnurse.net.