Walk This Way on May 12th

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something.
Then I realized I was somebody.”—Lily Tomlin

The opportunities to be of service to our communities are boundless.  There are so many good people and organizations doing heartfelt work in the world, yet they have difficulties sometimes getting noticed in the general busyness that makes up our day to day lives.  I’d like to highlight an organization that Dujardin Design Associates has sponsored for several years, and one of their events that we wholeheartedly support.

The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital will hold its annual Walk This Way and Sally’s Run on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT. The event proceeds support patient care initiatives, research, clinical trials and extensive support services.  Last year’s event drew more than 2,500 participants and raised a record $415,000.  To date, $1.6 million has been raised to support the Cancer Center.

The 3K Walk and 5K run starts and ends at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk/run starting at 11 a.m.  There will be a great day of prize drawings, kids activities and entertainment by DNR—Fairfield County’s (Almost) All Physician Band, featuring Dr. Richard Frank, the director of cancer research at Norwalk Hospital.

You can register, build a team and donate online at www.norwalkhospitalfoundation.org, or call 203-852-2216.  Registration is $30 per person and includes a free t-shirt.  If you go, watch for Dujardin Design’s tribute signs along the way.


The Nantucket Wine Festival: May 16-20, 2012


Over the past 15 years the Nantucket Wine Festival has blossomed into one of the nation’s most celebrated wine and food events. With the help of Nantucket landmark hotel, The White Elephant, most of this year’s festival will be staged entirely in the heart of downtown Nantucket.

More than 200 wineries converge on Nantucket for the Grand Tastings:  this year promises to be one of the most exceptional with a fabulous collection of wineries, chefs and food purveyors.  The Harbor Gala takes place on Thursday May 17th at 6 p.m., where both special guest celebrity chefs and some of Nantucket’s great restaurants combine to serve great food and delicious wines.

A Luncheon Symposia offers a series of three great wine symposia at some of Nantucket’s most special addresses.  In the intimacy of a lovely home, a distinguished winemaker will lead a discussion of their wines with the guests.  The marquee event of this year’s festival is the Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Auction Dinner on Saturday, May 19th at 7 p.m.

Various charities are beneficiaries of these wonderful events, including Nantucket Combined Charities, Inc., and the Nantucket Historical Association.  My husband, Frank, and I have attended for years.  Please join us!

For more information, visit the festival website at http://www.nantucketwinefestival.com/



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