Danbury Hat City Ball Revives the Past, Celebrates the Present and Helps Build the Future

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By Tribuna Staff

Despite the frigid temperature, over 240 guests gathered at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury for cocktails, dinner, auctions and live music by Eight to the Bar and The Mad Hatters Quartet at the first edition of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society Hat City Ball held on the evening of January 16.

Inspired by the recently extinct Mayor’s Ball, the elegant Hat City Ball, with the support of local businesses and community members, exceeded its goal of raising $25,000, and it is expected to become the museum’s major fundraiser.

“The museum is absolutely thrilled that we had such a great response from the Danbury community,” said Executive Director Brigid Guertin, adding, “We appreciate all your efforts to help our organization remain a vital and impactful center for Danbury’s ever growing community.”

The evening also included a live auction, which offered guests the opportunity to bid for a Fly-Fishing for Two on the Miramichi in New Brunswick, Canada; a five-night stay for two at Gaia Bed & Breakfast in Ostra Vetere, Italy and a round of golf at Ritcher Park with two local sports legends were auctioned.

“We do this to preserve our past, reflect on the present and help build a better future,” Guertin told the crowd. “Your support helps us today and tomorrow. We cannot thank you enough.”

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