Pigs, Pork, Pints!

The Hops Company in Derby, CT | June 2, 2018


Assi le Assime: The Togo Development Partnership works to end poverty and disease in Togo, West Africa where we run a 4 hectare teaching farm.

Our 2018 project is to teach farmers proper pig farming that is safe, nutritious, disease-free, and humane.

We’re kicking off the project with our fundraiser “Pigs, Pork, Pints!” on June 2, 2018 from 6- 10 the The Hops Company in Derby, CT.

With over 300 folks enjoying a pulled pork BBQ with all the sides and drinks, and dance the night away with live music from Pimpinella ! We’ll even have a contest to choose your favorite BBQ!

And…. if we meet our fundraising goal…. I’ll kiss a pig!!

Tickets are $40 before May 15, and $50 thereafter.

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Help us bring better quality, more nutritious and safer meat to families in Togo, West Africa.

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Don’t be Chicken on Friday the 13th!

Our biggest fundraising event in 2015!

We are holding a silent auction fundraiser on Friday, March 13, 2015 to support a new poultry project that will provide both meat and eggs to local villages in Togo, West Africa. The theme is “Don’t be CHICKEN on Friday the 13th!” (We think it’s very clever!)

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With over 200 guests enjoying wines, hot and cold hors d’ouevres and local specialty foods, capped off with coffee, desserts, live music and dancing, the “Don’t be CHICKEN” event will bring together folks looking to improve nutrition in villages in Togo, while enjoying a fun mid-winter night.

Items in the Silent Auction include:

  • children’s art lesson
  • hot air balloon ride for 2
  • Thimble Island cruise aboard the Sea Mist
  • for pet lovers—specialty grooming session, pet portrait, and pet boarding
  • tickets to Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball
  • pole dancing lesson
  • tuition for Camp Invention—a weeklong hands-on enrichment program where 1st to 6th graders build prototypes, upcycle materials and apply STEM concepts
  • a Feldenkrais movement class
  • weeklong vacation timeshare in Orlando, FL, July 18-26
  • tickets to the Yale Reperatory Theatre and the Ghost Tour of New Haven
  • sunset cruise aboard the 25- foot sailboat Summer Wind
  • a Lottery ticket tree
  • gift baskets for specialty coffee, therapeutic massage and vegan products
  • PLUS create a remembrance of the evening with a personal hand-drawn caricature from Caricature Artist Mike

Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased by mail:

21 Wildemere Ave.

Milford, CT 06460

or by clicking below:

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Join hundreds of others working hand in hand to end malnutrition in Togo, West Africa.

Come on out with us “chickens” on March 13, 2015!

Silent Auction Items for Don’t Be A Chicken Fundraiser

1. Vacation on Cape Cod July 10-17, 2015   Opening Bid: $500

Ideally located for exploring the Cape, the InnSeason Harbor Walk resort is directly across from Falmouth Harbor, at the center of it all. Just minutes from the beach, you also have easy access to fishing and boating, you’re just steps from the seasonal ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, and it’s only a short walk to shopping, dining and more on bustling Main Street. When it’s time to take a break, take your beach bag to the on-site tanning deck and enjoy the lovely harbor views. The 1 bedroom condo sleeps 4 persons.

2. Does your child want to try art?     Opening Bid: $25

The best place to learn is at The Giggling Pig, where he’ll enjoy a 1-hour beginner class in a creative, fun, entertaining studio, taught by an art teacher who will bring out your child’s creativity.

3. Calling all Liberace Wanna-bes!     Opening Bid: $35

Learn to “tickle the ivories” with an in- home piano instruction from Michael Macari. With a Master’s degree in Education, Michael specializes in teaching beginner students as young as 4 years old through 18, as well as retired adults. By encouraging positive practice habits, he helps lay the groundwork for genuine enjoyment of the piano. With flexible scheduling and weekend hours available, taking piano lessons has never been easier.

4. Signed by the author! Vivid stories from the American Revolution     Opening bid: $35

Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency, written by Milford, CT native and Yale Law School graduate and Fulbright Scholar Logan Beirne, reveals the surprising details of our Founding Fathers’ approach to government. Delving into the forgotten—and often lurid—facts of the Revolutionary War, Logan Beirne focuses on the nation’s first commander in chief, George Washington, as he shaped the very meaning of the United States Constitution in the heat of battle. The Founders saw the first American commander in chief as the template for all future presidents: a leader who would fiercely defend Americans’ rights and liberties against all forms of aggression.

Blood of Tyrants pulls the reader directly into the scenes, filling the void in our understanding of the presidency and our ingenious Founders’ pragmatic approach to issues we still face today.

Logan’s passion for the Revolution is in his blood —he is directly descended from Revolutionary War patriots and his family tree includes the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison. Some of Washington’s papers were discovered in Logan’s ancestor’s storage chest.

5. Vacation at Disney July 18-26, 2015      Opening Bid: $500

Experience The Houses at Summer Bay Orlando, a luxury family destination that delivers the thrill of Orlando’s world-renowned attractions with the comforts of a leisure getaway. Enjoy all the highlights of our 400-acre lavishly landscaped resort and 64-acre private lake, located a mere 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. Summer Bay Orlando Resort is the perfect Florida getaway for family, fun, and adventure. Summer Bay Orlando Resort provides an oasis from the vacation hustle. Spend a day at the parks; then come home to your fully furnished, luxury vacation getaway. Cap off a shopping spree or golf game with an evening of food, drinks and live entertainment at our poolside restaurants. Hop on our complimentary shuttle to Epcot®, Magic Kingdom® Park or Universal Studios Florida®. Our shuttle service can also take you to other exciting Orlando attractions without having to get behind the wheel and pay extra for parking. Enjoy our on-site amenities, lake activities, kids’ water park, dining and more.

6. Come Sail Away with Me     Opening Bid: $100

Invite your friends and family to join you on a Sunset Harbor Cruise aboard the 25 foot sailboat Summer Wind with Captain Mark Cisto. You’ll be in good hands—Mark is a USCG 50 Ton Master Sailor. For this sunset cruise, he’ll skipper the Summer Wind on the Branford River and Branford Harbor while you and 3 friends enjoy a music CD custom- made for the cruise. Bring snacks and soft sided coolers, and enjoy a 10% discount to The Docksider Restaurant at Branford Harbor.

7. A Haunting in Connecticut: Ghosts of New Haven     Opening Bid $50

If you dare, grab 10- 15 of your best friends and explore the supernatural, paranormal phenomena, the occult manifestations, and the ghostly happenings in New Haven. You will hear 15 stories that will make you think twice about the sounds of the night! Each tour is 90 minutes long, total walking distance is less than a mile, covered at a very leisurely pace so that you can enjoy the mysterious atmosphere and haunted locations. If you like history and want to have some fun while learning, this is the tour for you.

8. Signed by the Author! Everyone remembers their first love….     Opening Bid: $25

Everyone remembers their first love…..The journey of falling in love is a road we all travel and discover the happiness, the pain, and the countless emotions of love. Join author and poetess Alexis Pettway as she take your on a Journey Thru Love

9. The Ultimate Trampoline Park! Opening Bid: $25

Want to exercise AND have fun? Lots of fun? With 4 Tickets to the Trumbull ROCKIN’ JUMP Park, you get the exercise you need and lots of laughs along the way. Soar in open jump arenas, dive into pools of soft foam cubes, play trampoline dodgeball, and do flips and somersaults. Kids safely play while parents can socialize. Everything about us is dedicated to Safe. Clean. Fun.®

10. “Take me out to the ball game….”     Opening Bid: $50

Come on out this summer to see the Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Team take on a rival from the Atlantic League at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. Get your family four- pack of reserved tickets for a Bridgeport Bluefish game during the 2015 regular season.

11. Try a new Workout: Apex Pole Fitness     Opening Bid: $40

Invite 2 friends for the most unique workout class: pole fitness! This class offers new students an introduction to pole practices. The focus of this initial class is on a safe introduction to the fundamentals of pole dance fitness Get the benefits of dance and fitness at your own individual pace, in a safe and fun environment.

12. A cup of coffee is like a kind word; they’re both better when shared     Opening bid: $40

Friendship and Christian coffee go together naturally. When a coffee is smooth, comforting and invites good thoughts, then it is much like a good friend. HIS Coffee Company believes that friends and their coffee should never be parted. The basket includes Be Still (Decaf ), Holy Grounds (Medium) and Raise the Dead (Bold), a coffee mug to enjoy them and Sencha herbal tea. “Coffee is not just a drink – it is an event.” HIS Coffee Company is Fairly Traded.

13. Treat yourself to a massage every “Now ‘n’ Then”     Opening Bid $50

This is quite possibly the BEST 90-minutes you’ll ever spend! By applying pressure and manipulating soft tissues massage therapy can positively affect your health and wellbeing.

14. Pets are Family, Too!     Opening Bid: $100

Steve Cooper, a Photographic Artist uses his creative vision and artistry to give you a beautiful portrait of your favorite pet! Work with Steve, a 7-time “CT Photographer of the Year,” to create a beautiful portrait of your dog in the studio or in the Portrait Park. The full service session includes a pre- and post-design session for your best friend!

15. Have to leave Fido Home? Weekend Pet Boarding     Opening Bid: $50

Dogs love it here, so why not let them spend the night? Your pet will feel at ease in our clean and comfortable climate-controlled environment. Dogs can either snuggle up with each other, or relax by themselves in a comfy run, kennel, or crate. At Bark Ave Pethouse, your pets are our family. With over 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for your dog to run, play and socialize, our facility is staffed with qualified individuals who are fully Red Cross certified in pet first aid and CPR. We love your pets just as much as you do, and we aim to create a safe and fun environment for all types of dogs.

16. Tickets for Elevada at the Yale Repertory Theatre     Opening Bid: $50

Elevada marks the Yale Rep debut of Sheila Callaghan, “a gutsy writer with a gift for creating vivid images rooted in the emotional life of her characters” (The New York Times).

About Elevada– New York City. Right now. Ramona’s going on lots of first dates but is intentionally sabotaging her chances for a second. Khalil, a social media superstar, is about to close a huge deal that will take him completely off the market. They’ll do anything to float above their own lives, even as fate tries to pull them both back down to earth. Elevada is a warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy about the fear of being alone—and the fear of not being alone.

17. Locally grown and fresh picked vegetables through the summer!     Opening Bid: $150

Become a member of the Gazy Brothers Farm Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. You’ll receive a weekly box of locally grown and fresh picked vegetables for 12 weeks— your share contains a bounty of whatever is ripe that week. Each box varies by harvest conditions—it may even contain one or two different herbs to cook with weekly! Gazy Brothers Farm has been feeding families freshly for more than 90 years from their 80 acre farm in Oxford, CT.

During the harvest season, you can pick up at your local weekly farmer’s market, or sign up for delivery.

18. Sunset paddle board and yoga session     Opening Bid: $100

Enjoy a fabulous evening, a perfect blend of exercise, adventure, relaxation, nature and wine! Start with a brief instruction on stand-up paddle boards (we supply the PFD: personal flotation device) and an hour on the water paddling along the shoreline direction depending on the conditions. After returning to shore participants are welcome to change before finding their space on the beach. Danielle supplies the yoga mats and instruction. After approximately a 45 min yoga session we typically enjoy a glass of wine, cheese, crackers or other assorted snacks. WOW!

19. StationHouse Wine Bar and Grill     Opening Bid $50

Bring your appetite and good friends to enjoy dinner for 4 at the StationHouse Wine Bar and Grill at the train station in Stratford. Check out their extensive wine lists or treat yourself to one of their signature martinis. Enjoy fish, chicken, veal or pasta or choose from their extensive sushi and shashimi menu. Bon appetite!

20. Up, Up, and Away, in my Beautiful Balloon! Opening Bids: $120- $480

Float for an hour above the treetops and below the clouds! And when you land—celebrate with champagne or soft drinks!! Choose from over 200 locations for your ride of a lifetime!! From 1 to 4 persons, a Balloon Ride is a special way to celebrate any milestone event. Up, up, and away!

21. Camp Invention: Building the future, one thinker at a time Opening Bid: $200

Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. At Camp Invention, our top priority is to provide quality programming in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts through the most creative hands-on activities. By combining learning and fun, we satisfy parents, educators and children, earning an approval rating of more than 90%. Camp Invention runs for one action-packed week, typically Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each day, campers work in teams as they rotate between four fun thematic modules. Each module brings new challenges to build upon what was learned the previous day. For children entering grades one through six, our fun, inspiring camp teaches children critical thinking skills that will last a lifetime.

Summer 2015 sessions will be held throughout southern CT from Westport to Branford.

22. Create a Family Heirloom     Opening Bid: $100

Tell your family story in an artistic and timeless way with a family portrait with Steve Cooper, a Photographic Artist based in Connecticut for 31 years. Dedicated to providing you with a creative vision that will exceed your expectations, Steve is a 7-time winner of the CT Photographer of the Year Award. Package includes family portrait session, consultations and Heritage 8×10 desk portrait.

23. Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic Grand Tasting     Opening Bid: $400

It’s that time of the summer again, when Tanglewood hosts its annual Wine and Food Classic, bringing world-renowned chefs and vintners to serve, pour and highlight some of the best critically acclaimed wines and culinary treats from across the country. It’s a special mix of great tastes, sounds and incredible views that brings foodies and wine lovers from across the country to Lenox for the weekend. We offer 4 tickets to the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic Grand Tasting on Saturday, August 15, featuring wines from around the world and locally sourced food in culinary events held at idyllic locations throughout 500-acre summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

24. Ahoy, Matey! Welcome aboard!     Opening Bid: $45

Relax and enjoy a 45 minute narrated cruise around The Thimble Islands off the coast of Branford, CT. Join Captain Mike on the Sea Mist and hear all about these famous islands. First discovered in in 1614, these islands were used for everything from farming to quarrying granite, from bootlegging to hiding Captain Kidd’s treasure in 1665… you can still feel his presence today. The family pack of tickets includes 2 adult and 2 children passes.

25. Write your Prescription for Change with Rodan + Fields   Dermatology     Opening Bid: $50

Based on Multi-Med® Therapy, UNBLEMISH is a complete skincare system that combines cosmetic and OTC ingredients that penetrate pores to eliminate acne blemishes before they are visible. Clear acne blemishes, prevent new ones from forming, reduce the redness associated with breakouts and defend skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays using the UNBLEMISH regimen.

26. Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!     Opening Bid: $45

Everything you need to make a perfect chicken dinner! Your perfect meal starts with a roasting pan, cook book and seasonings. And to help you prepare and serve, you’ll get newdish towels, oven mitts, and serving utensils. All you need to add is the chicken!

27. Dinner at Mohegan Sun     Opening Bid $65

There’s lots of action at Mohegan Sun, so you and a guest can take a break and enjoy a wonderful dining experience at Mohegan Sun’s Season’s Buffet. The sumptuous array of culinary delights will satisfy your palate in every way imaginable.

28. Life Isn’t Perfect, but Your Hair Can Be!     Opening Bid: $50

At The Hair After in Huntington they treat every customer like they were a part of our family. Other salons may offer similar services, but our staff, who have been together for many years as a team, will offer you both caring and personal service that exceeds other salons. Come on in to experience our service for a wash, cut and blowdry personalized to your needs.

New This Year—Specialty Raffle Items!!!

Tickets are $20 each, and 3 for $50

30. Perfect with wine, coffee or tea— Biscotti!

Stephanie has been making biscotti for as long as she can remember. “Making biscotti with my mom as a kid, is one of my fondest memories. Every time I bake a batch, the smell transports me back to those wonderful times.” Biscotti is a twice baked Italian cookie, that is crisp and sweet. It can be eaten alone, or dipped in your favorite hot or cold drink. It also goes great with wine, coffee, hot chocolate, tea or even ice cream.

At BISCOTTI ETC. LLC. all biscotti are handmade to order from the freshest ingredients. There are no preservatives or artificial ingredients added. Handcrafted, a couple of loaves at a time, they are always fresh.

31. Oh yeah……. we have an electric mandolin player

Breakfast on Neptune is a five piece indie rock band from Shelton. Although rooted in indie rock, our sound is influenced heavily by blues, folk, jazz, and jam band music. The unique blend of keyboards, guitar and electric mandolin and their tight, technically talented musicianship sets them apart from other bands in the area. They have played in many well-known venues across Connecticut including Toads Place, Arch Street Tavern, and The Space. Check out their music and get to know Breakfast on Neptune.

32. Lottery Ticket Tree

Tickets and scratch offs from the CT Lottery. “You can’t win if you don’t play!”

33. Don’t be Chicken! Create a personal remembrance with a caricature!

Caricature Artist Mike will create a personal hand-drawn caricature at the event. Lots of fun! Fast, accurate, and entertaining!

Thank you to our donors, sponsors, supporters and dedicated “chickens”

About Faces Entertainment

Alexis Pettway

Alicia and Jack Ribas

Apex Pole Dancing

Bark Avenue Pethouse

Biscotti, Etc.

Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood

Breakfast on Neptune

Bridgeport Bluefish

Camp Invention

Denise Ehr with Rodan + Fields Dermatology

Lisa Pantaleo, Carol Konwarski and Val Milkowski

Logan Beirne

Gazy Family Farms

Ghosts of New Haven Tours

Heart of Gold Jewelry

Maureen Welch of Now n Then Massage

Michael Macri

Mohegan Sun

Rock N Jump

Scoot and Paddle

Sea Mist Cruises

Soaring Adventures of America

StationHouse Grill

Steve Cooper

Stop and Shop

SummerWind Cruises with Capt. Mark Cisco

The Gigglig Pig

The Hair After

Yale Reperatory Theratre