Letter: Trackside’s first Oktoberfest is a hit

To the Editors:
On Saturday night, Oct. 3, Trackside held its first-ever Oktoberfest fund-raiser. The event was a huge success with over 100 guests enjoying a terrific evening. German fare was provided by Marly’s Restaurant, with delicious appetizers. Wilton High School students Will Comer and Elliot Connors were accompanied by Mike Jones and provided some terrific German music early in the evening, with Dylan Connor and The Epic Poets playing popular cover songs to finish out the night.
I would like to thank our lead sponsors, the Blue Buffalo Co., Realty Seven, MC Home Loans, Marly’s, O’Brien Premier Properties, Hess Construction, Ridgefield BMW, and Bounty Food Truck.
Also Moments by Andrea, Oak and Almond, Al and Dana Nickel, Signature Style, KMG Landscaping, John Dicenzo, Dion Cocoros, Riverbrook Regional YMCA, JoyRide, the Simmons family, Ann Lineberger, All Green Landscaping, Steve Mancini Salon, Blue Star Bazaar, Renaissance, Lace Affaire, Tootzy Patza, Cactus Rose, Snappy Gator, Portofino, Reiki Asian Bistro, Hunan Café, Georgetown Cake Shoppe, Uncle Leo’s “not just coffee and doughnuts,” Village Market, Wilton Mobil, Open House,  Starbucks, Fraiche Hair Salon, DP Appraisal Services, and Ann Mitrione and Melissa Mednick from Bankwell Wilton, for their contributions to the auction and raffle.
Finally, I want to thank the Trackside board of directors for its support, and specifically Deborah Miller, Tara Pagano, Mara Lamanna, and Mike Jones for all their hard work.
This event raised more than $10,000 for the teen center. The center is open free to teenagers every day after school, while also providing different programs, clubs, dances, and events in a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment they can call home.
Mark Ketley
Executive Director
Wilton, Oct. 6