Southington’s Calvanese Foundation honors Bread for Life leaders

SOUTHINGTON — The Calvanese Foundation will honor two leaders of Bread for Life during its annual gala fundraiser on April 5 at the Aqua Turf Club.

Each year the foundation recognizes an individual or individuals who have volunteered time to improve the community. This year, the foundation has selected Bill McDougall, chairman of Bread for Life, and Eldon Hafford, executive director of the nonprofit organization. Last year Bread for Life distributed nearly 35,000 meals to people in town.

“They’ve done a lot to bring Bread for Life to the forefront,” said Kathy Reinhard, treasurer and secretary of the Calvanese Foundation.

“We view it as a group and not individual honor,” McDougall said. “We’re just fortunate. I’m fortunate enough to be the coach and he’s the quarterback. It’s a Bread for Life honor. We don’t have any individuals within Bread for Life. It’s a group of hundreds of people that make it happen in Southington.”

The annual gala, now in its 15th year, is the Calvanese Foundation’s biggest fundraiser, Reinhard said. Proceeds go back to the community in the form of grants. About $2 million has been raised over the past 20 years.

“I’m very excited that we’re closing in on ($2 million),” Reinhard said.

The foundation has supported Bread for Life over the years.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Calvanese Foundation because the Calvanese Foundation is always doing so much for the community,” Hafford said. “They have been very generous to Bread for Life over the years and to other nonprofits in town.”

This year’s ball has a ’20s theme and is called “Flappers & Dappers Gala.” Nearly 500 people attended last year.

“We hope people come and support it,” Reinhard said. “We’ve had great attendance the past 14 years.”

There will be silent and live auctions that include a Disney Vacation package, vacations by the shore, tickets to a golf tournament, and more.

The Flappers & Dappers Gala is on Saturday, April 5, at the Aqua Turf Club at 556 Mulberry St. in Plantsville. The cost to attend is $200 per couple and includes appetizers, dinner, and dancing. For more information and to make reservations call the Aqua Turf Club office at (860) 621-9335.

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