On April 29, friends and supporters of the agency that provides compassionate home health and hospice care to our community gathered at Le Château to celebrate "Hooray for Hollywood" and raised more than $106,000 to benefit the patients of New Canaan's Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

The title sponsor for the agency's annual fundraising event was The Wilton Bank.

"We are enormously grateful to Nicki Brown and Charlie Howell and The Wilton Bank for their community spirit and exceptional generosity," agency president and CEO Sharon M. Bradley said. "Their philanthropic leadership serves as an inspiration to the entire community."

Actress Jane Powell was the honorary event chairwoman, and she offered an impassioned sentiment in her opening remarks.

"We all know how important this agency is to our community," Powell said. "Whether you are recovering from an illness, need long-term care or are at the end of life, the caregivers of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County are always there to help."

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Guests attending the fundraiser enjoyed a special musical performance by jazz great Chris Coogan.

The benefit was chaired by New Canaan's Carol Bauer. Members of the volunteer benefit committee were Nicki Brown, Alison Comstock, Lila Griswold, Judy Higby, Dana Nickel and Anne Shaw, as well as New Canaan residents Anda Hutchins, Janet Lebovitz, JoEllen Oskin, Nancy Rauscher, Nancy Sayler and Carlyn Tiefenthaler.

"We are deeply grateful to Jane Powell, Chris Coogan, Carol Bauer, all our corporate and individual sponsors, our volunteer Benefit Committee and everyone who so generously contributed to this fundraising effort," Bradley said. "The funds raised at this event will touch the lives of the many patients in need in our community. We are overwhelmed and gratified by this wonderful outpouring of generosity and community support."

A nonprofit community organization for nearly 90 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for adults and children in New Canaan and throughout Fairfield County. The agency is supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributions.

For more information about Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County call 1-800-898-HOME or visit www.visitingnurse.net.