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Hill-Stead Benefit Gala – 2023

May 20, 2023, 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM


Let us transport you to Paris and La Belle Epoque!

Imagine Theodate and her parents arriving in Paris for the first time in November 1888. The Eiffel Tower is going up and La Belle Epoque is in full swing – fashion, innovation, culture, nightlife, and more! By the end of this trip, Theodate has discovered architecture, her father has bought his first Monet, and voilà, the future Hill-Stead is born!

We will celebrate this meaningful historic moment filled with marvelous creativity, daring, and beauty.

Join us in honoring our founders’ legacy and supporting this magical museum. Help us raise funds by shopping the silent and live auctions offering fine wines, unique experiences, and so much more. Let’s make this historic property and art collection shine to its fullest and keep this unique place that enriches so many vibrating with life.

Attire: From the sidewalks to Maxim’s to the Moulin Rouge, La Belle Epoque encouraged one’s individuality, so you do you!

November 6, 1888 — We have just arrived in Paris. Oh la la! I’m certain that this trip will someday inspire something magnifique.Theodate


5 pm        Chase the Green Fairy (La fée verte) inside the museum for Belle Epoque guests
6 pm        Tented event with cocktails, dinner, live & silent auctions, dessert and dancing the night away


Bon Vivante  |  $300 per person (includes tented event from 6 pm, $175 is tax deductible)
Belle Epoque  |  $500 per person (includes the Green Fairy cocktail party inside the museum, $350 is tax deductible)
Parisian Table  |  $5,000 per table of eight (seats 8 guests, includes the Green Fairy cocktail party inside the museum, $3,800 is tax deductible)

Admission to the Benefit Gala at all levels includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and a bidder number to participate in the live and silent auctions.


This year’s live and silent auctions offer a variety of items and experience, many of which are unique to Hill-Stead. Some of this year’s highlights include an Absinthe Tasting, a one-week stay at your own villa in Costa Rica designed by Inspirato, 4 tickets to see the Washington Commanders play in DC, a big bottle of Bollinger champagne, a private tour for six people at the Hollister House Garden in Washington, CT, and an iconic 5-foot tall Lego set of the Eiffel Tower.

Click here to learn more about the other 50+ amazing items that will be part of our auction this year.

Thank you to our Sponsors










Kostas Upholstery

M&T Bank

Party Rental Ltd.

Rossmore Private Capital, LLC

The Sewing Loft

Scott Glenney, William Pitt/Sotheby’s International Realty

Thomaston Savings Bank



Bauer, Inc.

John & Kelly Hartman Foundation


Sperry Tents, Inc.

V. F. McNeil Insurance/Chubb

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