Library Spring Benefit is in the works

Wilton Library gets the jump on the season with its Spring Benefit on Saturday, March 17, at Silver Spring Country Club in Ridgefield. The fund-raiser will honor Carol and Bob Russell for their years of support and dedication to the community and the library.

The gala will take on a Celtic theme right from the start. Beginning at 6:30, guests will be greeted by an Irish bagpiper and a drummer as they go in to enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment featuring the music of Bob Riccio.

“We are delighted to be honoring Carol and Bob Russell,” Robin Axness, development director for the library, said in a press release. “They are such an integral part of the fabric of Wilton that it was fitting to choose them for this recognition.”

Carol Russell has volunteered many hours in the library’s history room and former First Selectman Bob Russell has hosted historical lectures and is author of Wilton, Connecticut: Three Generations of People, Places and Progress. Both are honorary library trustees.

Event co-chairs Kristin Johnson and Carrie Preisano have been leading a dedicated committee for months, planning for an evening designed to raise funds for programs, services and technology to fortify the library’s mission to inform and inspire minds and enrich and connect lives.

Committee members include Lianne Acosta-Rua, Kathy Dhanda, Summer Downey, Suzi Eckert, Margret Greene, Kathryn Groves, Betsy Huffman, Tamara Kalin, Michele Klink, Pam Nobumoto, Kristy Ripp, Teresa Waldron, Elizabeth Walsh and Tami Weigold.

The auctions will include a trip to Ireland, an overnight stay at The Mayflower Inn, NASCAR tickets, golfing opportunities, tickets to the New York Wine Festival, and tickets to major sporting events.

The Celtic-themed decorations were created for the evening by Betsy Huffman. The symbol of the event, The Celtic Tree of Life, represents forces of nature coming together in perfect harmony to maintain balance in the universe.

“The Celtic Tree of Life is such an appropriate theme,” said Elaine Tai-Lauria, Wilton Library’s executive director. “The library continuously strives to reach and engage the community through the strength of its myriad programs.  At the benefit, we are providing a separate Giving Tree opportunity specifically for our programs — programs that people enjoy today as well as new ventures on the horizon. Funding these endeavors is of utmost importance for our thriving library.”    

The benefit is made possible in part through the generous support of The Amadeo Family, Presenting Sponsors Dorie and Nick Davatzes, and Fairfield County Bank, and Gold Sponsor General Electric.

Tickets for the event begin at $225 per person with opportunities for reserved tables. Tickets are on sale and may be purchased at, by calling 203-762-6321 or by visiting the library’s circulation desk. Guests are asked to RSVP by March 7.