At Journey Home, we are always talking about partnerships. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated partners in our region; with whom we work every day. The same can be said about our annual gala, Home is Where the Heart Is. With the help of our many partners, we raised over $192,00 to help END HOMELESSNESS.

On Friday, February 9th, in the twinkling CityPlace Atrium, over 325 guests gathered to enjoy delicious New Orleans-style food by Max Downtown, which included seafood gumbo and jambalaya. Litchfield Distillery and Hartford Flavor Company were on hand with tastings of their small-batch beverages. For those with a sweet tooth, NoRa filled an entire table with their adorable mini-cupcakes. As guests enjoyed their signature cocktails, surveyed auction items, and spun for wine prizes, Powerstation Events kept everyone going with lively music, beautiful uplighting and a fun photo station.

We were so lucky to have, as our Mistress of Ceremonies, Renee DiNino of iHeart Radio. Renee is one of the most community-minded individuals that you will ever meet, constantly working to help our four-legged and two-legged friends, in all of Connecticut. Our guests enjoyed mingling with Renee throughout the evening, and she did an amazing job helping us to exceed our fundraising goals.

With the help of these partners, our incredibly talented Journey Home staff, and our generous guests, donors, and our sponsors, our Home Is Where the Heart Is gala has exceeded all expectations once again. We couldn’t be happier to hear that so many people love coming to our gala, as it takes so much hard work, and benefits so many of those in need. A multitude of thanks goes to all who volunteered at our event, especially the HYPE crew, and of course our amazing and talented gala committee, as they work tirelessly for months to create such a unique and special night. We can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year! See you then!