Sheffield Lighthouse, photo courtesy New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide

The Norwalk Seaport Association (NSA) will hold its 2013 Light Keeper’s Gala on March 23, 2013, to benefit the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse. The re-carpet gala—this year’s theme is “Hurray for Hollywood!”—will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center.

During the event, the NSA will present its annual Beacon Award to the Exchange Club of Norwalk for their service to the community and support of the association’s mission.

The evening will feature cocktails, dining and dancing, as well as silent and live auctions to benefit the restoration and preservation of Sheffield Lighthouse. For nearly 10 years, the organization has recognized individuals who have been “beacons”—a source of light, inspiration and support —of the Norwalk Seaport Association and the community. National Exchange Club President B.L. “Lou” Molitor will be accepting the award for the Exchange Club of Norwalk.

The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. The NSA has owned, restored and maintained Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986 and is the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Friends group for the Norwalk Islands. For more information, CLICK HERE or call (203-838-9444).

The Exchange Club of Norwalk is a service organization made up of men and women dedicated to bettering the Norwalk community through support of local charities, youth programs and college scholarships. The Club has been involved with the NSA’s Oyster Festival since the festival’s inception in 1978. Exchange Club of Norwalk President Angela Lepore said, “Our participation in the Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival these past 35 years has helped us to raise more than three-quarters of a million dollars, and we give every dollar we earn back to the community.” Lepore said the money raised has helped Norwalk in a number of ways, including support for Norwalk Hospital to open a C.O.P.E. (Center for Outpatient Pediatric Evaluation) for the prevention of child abuse, the purchase of a 15-passenger van to the city for children’s services, and annual scholarship awards for Norwalk school students.

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