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Near & Far Gala Set for Friday

There will be a fashion show and dancing, not to mention silent auctions for everything from Wimbleton tickets to a week in Nantucket, at the 21st annual Near & Far Aid Spring Gala set for Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at Mitchells of Westport.

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A scene from last year’s Near & Far Aid gala at Mitchells of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

As part of the charitable organization’s theme of “Voices of Hope,” the gala will also focus on the stories of individuals and organizations that Near & Far has funded throughout the year, organizers say.

The charity was started almost 70 years ago by Southport resident Jeanine Fay to provide much-needed aid to war widows via bake sales and annual fundraising events.

The all volunteer organization currently works with more than 100 local agencies addressing the causes and effects of poverty. Since 2000, it has granted more $15 million.

Among Friday night’s silent auction items featured at Mitchells, 670 Post Road East, are two VIP tickets to the ladies Wimbleton finals in July; a week at a brand new, eight-bedroom Nantucket beach house 50 yards from the water, and a table for six at the legendary Rao’s Italian restaurant in East Harlem.

Event planners say those interested can view details of these and other auction items, plus purchase tickets for the event, by visiting http://www.nearandfaraid.org/event/spring-gala .

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