For its annual benefit on May 31, Family Centers transported more than 450 guests back to a time when jazz music filled the air, flapper dancers were all the rage and elegance was the fashion of the day. Held at the waterfront home of Laurie and Peter Grauer, Family Centers' "Gatsby on the Sound" benefit captured the essence of the classic novel, "The Great Gatsby," and brought a slice of West Egg to Greenwich.
Co-chairs Laurie Grauer and Brooke Ashforth created an atmosphere was that straight from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary masterpiece. During the event's cocktail reception, guests sipped on signature drinks called "The Daisy" and were entertained by a three-piece ragtime band, a strolling magician and a cigarette girl.
Drawing on Jay Gatsby's lavish parties for inspiration, the tented dining area featured a white, black and silver motif, an antique bar and a lounge outfitted with vintage furniture and an ice sculpture. As guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner prepared by Food Design, they enjoyed '20s and '30s standards performed by the Marianne Bennett Orchestra. Following an energized show from professional Charleston dancers, guests danced the night away to the sounds of hits from the 1950s through today.
Greenwich resident Sean Day was the lucky winner of the event's raffle for a 1951 MG-TD convertible roadster.
"Gatsby on the Sound" was Family Centers' largest fundraiser of the year, and raised more than $650,000 for the agency's human service, health and education programs serving more than 25,000 Fairfield County residents each year.