The Norwalk Community College Foundation Inc. will host "One Golden Night -- Le Bal d'Ecole 2011," a black-tie gala to benefit scholarships, student success and academic advancement, at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the college.
Le Bal d'Ecole 2011 will showcase the college's new Center for Science, Health and Wellness, a
$40 million state-of-the-art facility.
Approximately 500 guests are expected to attend Le Bal d'Ecole, which will include dinner, dancing and a live auction. The fundraiser has taken place every two years since 1993 and has raised more than $6 million in support of NCC, its students and faculty.
Volunteers from throughout Fairfield County met recently at the Darien home of Kyle Wilcox to make plans for the festive dinner dance.
The theme of Le Bal d'Ecole 2011 is "One Golden Night," in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Norwalk Community College. NCC was founded on Sept. 21, 1961, and was the first community college established in Connecticut.
DeVarona, a Greenwich resident, won two gold medals in swimming at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 at age 17. She went on to become an award-winning journalist and a major force in shaping the face of women's sports as the first president of the Women's Sports Foundation.
Johnson, a California resident, was the gold medal winner in the decathlon at the Rome Olympic Games in 1960 and is a member of the National Track and Field and U.S. Olympic halls of fame.
The foundation also will be recognizing Carleton T. Goodnow as Volunteer of the Year
Ann E. Granath, of Darien, has been named honorary chairwoman of Le Bal d'Ecole 2011.
Diane Castrovinci, of New Canaan, has been named chairwoman of the live auction.
Tickets to Le Bal d'Ecole range from $300 to $2,500 and corporate sponsorships begin at $2,500. For more information, contact Cathy Bromberg at email@example.com or 203-857-7270.