Friends and supporters of Wilton Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County gathered Oct. 6, to celebrate Autumn at the Aldrich, and raise funds for the benefit of the patients of agency.

The festive cocktail party was held at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, and raised more than $31,000 to benefit the agency’s patients in need. Highlights of the evening included musical entertainment by Quartetto Vivo and a private showing “Music,” the new art exhibition.

Lisa Ianowski spoke movingly from the podium about her husband and the end-of-life care he received from caregivers at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. She expressed gratitude for the exceptional care he was given and the dignity of his final days.

Event sponsors included Carol and George Bauer ; the Andrew L. Gaboriault Revocable Trust; Day Pitney LLP; Ken Edgar and Denise Harvey; Louise B. Goodridge; Gregory and Adams, PC; Ray J. Groves; Sara and Dave Hunt; The Mitchell Foundation; Dr. and Mrs. Warren Steinberg; and The Wilton Bank.

Members of the volunteer benefit committee were Carol Bauer, Louse B. Goodridge, Lila Griswold, Judy Higby, Janet Lebovitz, Carlyn Tiefenthaler and Karen Wackerman.

“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 those in our care,” said agency president and CEO Sharon M. Bradley. “We are grateful to all our corporate and individual sponsors, our volunteer Benefit Committee and everyone who so generously 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.”

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice and palliative care for adults and children in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County.

The agency is supported by contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. Information: visitingnurse.net.