There is a little bit everything when it comes to who to see and where to be seen this weekend, beginning with the Petit Family Foundation' s first "An Evening Honoring Women in Science" fundraiser at the Connecticut Science Center today (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.
Honorees are Anabella Villalobos, vice
president, Neuroscience and Antibody Drug Conjugate Medicinal Chemistry at
Pfizer, and Jennifer Whiffen, senior biomedical design engineer for Covidien
Surgical Devices. The two were chosen for their contributions to the
advancement of knowledge in their respective
Honorary chair and guest speaker is Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric.
"We are honoring these women to
demonstrate our great respect for their contributions to science," said Petit
about the award winners. "And to showcase their success as
role models for young women throughout
Tickets are available at the door.
*The two-day Connecticut Food and Wine Festival, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, kicks off Friday at The Hartford Club with the "Mind, Body and Spirits" Physician Awards dinner. Area rheumatologists and orthopedists will be honored at a seven-course chefs' dinner created by area celebrity chefs including Hunter Morton, Tyler Anderson, Kevin Cottle and Noel Jones. Two "Grand Tasting" sessions and a VIP "Grand Cru Tasting" will be featured Saturday along with chef demonstrations and wine, spirit and craft beer tutorials featuring celebrity chefs including Aaron McCargo Jr. of Food Network's "Big Daddy's House," and Mike Elder, owner of Black Sheep Cakes and three-time winner of TLC's "Ultimate Cake Off."
*Also on Friday, the Ron Foley
Pancreatic Cancer Foundation will hold its
"Ron's Run For the Holidays" wine and spirits tasting fundraiser at
the Pond House at Elizabeth Park in
*Over at The Hartford Golf Club Friday,
Nutmeg Big Brothers, Big Sisters will hold its annual "World of Possibilities"
* Gifts of Love will host its annual fall fundraising event," A Night Out In Style" Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Honda showroom in Simsbury. The 70s themed fundraiser features a live and silent auction, celebrity chef stations and dancing.
Love is a non-profit organization, serving families throughout the
*And if you need a healthy dose of holiday spirit to put you into high gear for
the next month, head over to the Holiday Light Fantasia at