Gala celebrates Wilton Library’s 120 years, raises $110,000

Two hundred people walked into a fantasyland of literature when Wilton Library recently held its 120th Anniversary Gala at Silver Spring Country Club. With table centerpieces expertly handcrafted by Betsy Huffman, each table reflected a mood or literary genre that reminded everyone of the library’s roots. With reflection on the past 120 years and a celebration of more things to come, it was fitting that many of the parts of the centerpieces were created using the library’s 3D printer which is in the newly renamed Thomas T. Adams, Esq. Innovation Station maker space.

Both Virginia and Tom Adams were remembered for their continuous support of the library; Virginia was the president of the board of trustees from 1970 to 1975 and Tom had continued her legacy by being a steward to help fund many projects within the library, including the maker space and the Children’s Library’s new jungle-themed entrance. Matt Mason reminded the gala guests of the Adams’ contributions with his thoughtful memories of Virginia and Tom.

The evening was made possible by generous sponsorships from the Amadeo Family, Gregory & Adams, PC, Fairfield County Bank, Michael P. Kaelin/Cummings & Lockwood, LLC, Janet Adams and Richard Hollyday, The Davatzes Family, GE Capital, MCL Ventures, and Orem’s Diner.   Media sponsors were The Wilton Bulletin and Wilton Magazine. Co-chairs of the stellar event were Michele Klink and Priscilla Thors.

Thanks to the sponsors, the enthusiastic bidding for the live auction and the generous bidding wars during the silent auction, the event netted $110,000 which exceeded the goals set by the library for the event.

According to Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director of the library, “It was a celebration in so many ways. We are so pleased by the results of this wonderful event. Not only was it a lovely affair, but through the support of sponsors, people and businesses that donated auction items and the lively participation of attendees, the library and therefore the community benefit.”

Robin Axness, development director for the library concurred, “We are delighted that everyone had a good time and that the event exceeded everyone’s expectations on many levels.”