DARA’s Spring Benefit News

For DARA’s third annual spring benefit on Saturday, March 24, we’re happy to announce that the evening’s music will be provided by Shoo Fly Blues and vocalist Emma Converse.

Some of our silent auction highlights include:

  • A personal tour of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., courtesy of Rep. Elizabeth Esty, including a meal with her in the Members’ Dining Room.
  • A weekend in a New York City apartment on the Lower East Side, minutes from Chinatown, the Williamsburg Bridge, and South Street Seaport.
  • Mets tickets, a signed Joe Torre baseball, Star Wars themed basket, iPad Mini, and many more wonderful themed baskets, gift certificates, and event packages from our generous local business.

You can get your advance tickets at — we’re looking forward to seeing you on the 24th!

DARA’s Third Annual Benefit to Support Refugees

Danbury Area Refugee Assistance (DARA) invites the community to our third annual benefit dinner supporting the resettlement of refugees in the Greater Danbury area. This event takes place at Michael’s at the Grove in Bethel from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm and features a cocktail hour, three-course meal with wine service, guest speakers, live entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction.

Last year’s featured speaker was 24-year-old photographer Maher Mahmood, an Iraqi refugee who spoke movingly about the circumstances that brought him to the United States in 2014. Heba Gowayed, a sociologist currently pursuing her PhD at Princeton, spoke passionately about the refugee crisis and her work studying the resettlement of refugees. This year, DARA has invited Chris George, the executive director of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, to join the guest speakers at the benefit.

DARA was founded in October of 2015 by Bethel resident James Naddeo, who called on members of the community to form a response to the growing refugee crisis in Syria. DARA partnered with IRIS to sponsor a Syrian family who arrived in the United States in March of 2016. This family has successfully integrated into the Danbury community.

Tickets may be purchased at Tickets are $55 in advance or $65 at the door, with tables of 8 available for $400 and tables of 10 for $475. Credit cards are accepted for tickets at the door, as well as for silent auction bids during the event.

Thanks to Michael’s at the Grove for hosting our event again this year!

And thank you, as always, to all of DARA’s supporters and friends.

We look forward to seeing you on March 24th!

DARA Spring Benefit 2018!

DARA’s third annual Spring Benefit is happening! You can get your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets now! Last year’s event was a great success, and we’re looking forward to another wonderful evening this year.

The event will include hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner buffet, cocktails, guest speakers, and musical entertainment. The silent auction is a fun and important part of our fundraising efforts, and you won’t want to miss this year’s array of unique and exciting items and themed gift baskets to choose from.

Thanks to Michael’s At The Grove for hosting our event again this year!

And thank you, as always, to all of DARA’s supporters and friends.

We look forward to seeing you on March 24th!