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Red Cross “Celebrates the Season” with CT Area Women

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Lindsay Purcell, left, and Lynne Mercein, right, of Darien with (center) event speaker Melanie Sabelhaus

Nearly 100 women from throughout lower Fairfield County kicked off the fall season with the American Red Cross.

DARIEN, CONN., October 8, 2013 — The American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter recently hosted its first Celebrate the Season event, An Autumn Affair, at Nielsen’s Florist and Garden Shop in Darien.

Nearly 100 women from throughout lower Fairfield County kicked off the fall season by enjoying gourmet fare provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering while sipping the evening’s signature drink, a Triple Eight Nantucket Lemonade, donated by Glen Liquors and Fine Wines. Helen Ainson provided guests with a wonderful showing of the latest fall fashions. Event speaker, former Darien resident and current Vice Chair of the American Red Cross national Board of Governors, Melanie Sabelhaus, challenged this compassionate group of women to create a powerful network and work with the Red Cross to make a difference in the local community and beyond.

The event committee included Darien residents Sandy Nielsen Baumann, Ronnie Carey, Anne Geissinger, Penny Glassmeyer, Emily Lyons, Donna Rohs and Marion Weatherstone, led by co-chairs Betsy Becker and Susan Ozanne. Event underwriting was provided by Ameriprise Financial Services, Blackrock and Wells Fargo. Media sponsor was Serendipity Magazine. Raffle prizes were generously donated by Beadz Boutique, Everything is Rosey, Helen Ainson, Nielsen’s Florist & Garden Center and Serendipity Magazine. For the event’s door prize, BMW of Darien donated a BMW Cruise Bike.

A second Celebrate the Season event is scheduled for December. Contact Patty Burke, Senior Director, Resource Development at the American Red Cross at (203) 621-1909 or email her at

About the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter:

The American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter responds to an average of 500 local disasters each year; provides disaster preparedness information and life safety training to tens of thousands of Connecticut residents annually; supports Connecticut military families with emergency communications services, counseling, advocacy and access to emergency financial assistance; supports collection of an average of 130,000 units of life saving blood each year. Visit for more information. Connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter @CTRedCross

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.