Clark Eno, above, will perform with his orchestra on Saturday, March 19, in Danbury.
The Amber Room Colonnade will be bopping Saturday, March 19.
That's when the Clark Eno Orchestra will headline the 16th annual Danbury Regional Child Advocacy Center's Dinner Dance/Auction, which drew nearly 200 people last year.
|The Amber Room Colonnade is at 1 Stacey Road, Danbury. Saturday, March 19, 6 p.m. $85. 203-748-4542|
"The band was great," Brookfield resident Sandra Simoes, chairwoman of the event, said. "They played different varieties of music that everyone could enjoy. When you have something good, you keep it going."
Performing at all kinds of venues for more than 20 years—from Lincoln Center to sports stadiums—the orchestra plays everything from swing and Motown to U2.
The evening will include an auction of more than 100 items, including sports tickets and memorabilia, Costa Rica villa vacation, a consultation with Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, hotel accommodations, tickets for James Taylor at Tanglewood, tickets to "Wicked" on Broadway, boating on Candlewood Lake, a golf/lunch outing with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton at Richter Park and even an African safari.
The DRCAC's mission is to prevent child abuse throught education and other programs, such as mentoring. Eno, a Danbury native, has served as a volunteer mentor. He started with a family where the often-absent father left the mother to care for their 8-year-old son.
Eno recalled those early years when the child was not a very good student, and they talked about Nintendo and how he felt cramped in their two-bedroom apartment occupied by seven relatives. Fast-forward eight years: The mom has improved her parenting skills; her son is 16, a much better student, and their home life is happier.
"For a little bit of an investment in time, it's amazing what the returns can be," Eno said.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Danbury regional Child Advocacy Center, which provides services that are free to families at risk of child abuse and neglect.