Grodin headlines hospital gala

Actor and philanthropist Charles Grodin — known for his sharp wit — will be a special guest at the Norwalk Hospital Gala on Saturday, Sept. 28. Mr. Grodin, who lives in Wilton, will serve up plenty of laughs at the black-tie event at the Sono Field House, which will be transformed into a Hollywood-inspired setting.

Known for movies ranging from The Heartbreak Kid and Midnight Run to the family film Beethoven, Mr. Grodin will lead the evening’s light-hearted celebration that will include a red carpet, NOSCAR award presentations to select physicians, dining by Abigail Kirsch and dancing with the Dream Team Band of New York City. Among the Wiltonians supporting the project are gold sponsors George and Carol Bauer. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is a silver sponsor.

Proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Development & Therapy Center, which opened in 2011. Created through a partnership with Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Program, the center offers specialized care for children with developmental and behavioral needs. Leading pediatric specialists provide assessment and evaluation services to help diagnose and treat conditions such as autism, ADD/ADHD and other developmental and behavioral challenges. Gala proceeds will help fund staffing and program offerings to keep pace with patients’ demands for services.

The gala features both a silent and live auction featuring donations from generous local community supporters: vacation getaways, sporting events, theater tickets, dinner parties, floral arrangements, restaurant certificates, beauty and wellness packages, and more.

Tickets are $500 and $1,000. Patron tables are $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000. For tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities, call Kathleen Custis at 203 852 2022.