'Dinner Under The Stars' fundraiser returns

Published on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 12:25


SOUTHINGTON – Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) will see a fully seated table and support from several local restaurants at their “Dinner Under The Stars” fundraiser, which returns to the town green as an in-person event Sunday.

Diann Thomson, executive director of Southington Community Cultural Arts said that the event, which is SoCCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, will be held in honor of the late former executive director Mary DeCroce, who died last September. It will feature 100 guests and proceeds will also support United Way of Southington.

“Mary’s big thing was bringing the community together,” said Thomson. “That’s why she created our community arts center and why she started this dinner. The first one we did was in 2019 and we brought it back as a virtual event in 2021. This year, everyone will be back sitting together at one big table on the town green.”

DeCroce said that the “Dinner Under the Stars” will begin with hors d'oeuvres from Flair Restaurant and Smokin with Chris and beer and wine at the SoCCA building at 93 Main St. from 5 to 6 p.m. Then, participants will head across the street to the town green.

Once seated, dinner guests will be given plated appetizers from Paul Gregory’s and salad and bread from Anthony Jack’s. Craft Kitchen will bring the main course and Sassy Mamma will provide dessert.

Thomson said that each of these local restaurants made posts on social media promoting the event. The local police department has also volunteered their time for it.

“All of the chefs are excited,” said Thomson. “Hector from Flair restaurant knew Mary and said that it was a brilliant idea to bring them all together at one big table.”

Guests can also look forward to seeing drinking glasses that were hand-painted by local artists. Each glass will have a dragonfly on them, which Thomson said DeCroce saw as a meaningful symbol during her battle with cancer.

One of the glasses will also be painted with a likeness of DeCroce’s face, which will be given as a gift to her husband.

Thomson added that she is glad to help support United Way of Southington this year with “Dinner Under The Stars.”

“They do a lot of good work in the community,” she said.

Thomson also thanked Dawn Miceli, president of SoCCA’s Board of Directors, for spearheading the event.

For more information on SoCCA, visit southingtonarts.org or call 860-276-1581.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 12:25. Updated: Tuesday, 21 June 2022 12:27.