Connecticut Children’s Gala

November 2, 2019
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Online Auction Attendee Details

We are pleased to share that, due to an overwhelming response from our generous supporters, our 2019 Gala is SOLD OUT! Time is still left for YOU to show your support! Make a gift to Bid for Kids in support of Nursing or participate in the online auction Friday, October 25 through Saturday, November 2.

Thanks to our donors, sponsors and Honorary Committee members for their support in making 2019 a record-breaking year for Gala attendance. We expect 1,100 guests!

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”
– P.T. Barnum


Fairfield County Children’s Choir

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir, a community-based choral program made up of more than 300 children who have performed at venues across the country and around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.

Valentine the Clown

Valentine the Clown, a familiar face at Connecticut Children’s, where she and her rubber chickens have shared smiles throughout the hospital for more than 20 years.

Kevin O’Keefe

Kevin O’Keefe, who has traveled the world since 1985 to teach and study circus, theater and yoga and is the founder of the American Youth Circus Organization.

Nimble arts Circus

Nimble Arts Circus

Juggling, aerialists and acrobatics transform the world into a playground where you can wonder, dream and be dazzled! Join this award winning company for an evening of circus spectacle.

Nimble Arts was founded by identical twin aerialists Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion to create inventive works of theatrical CIRCUS. Their performance resume includes Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, the Pickle Family Circus and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.



Rounding out the evening will be Flipside, a Best-of-Boston, seven-piece band that delivers a high-energy party. As they rock, swing and lay down the funk, not a single guest will be able to stay off of the dance floor. With 5 lead singers, Flipside offers a wider range of music than most bands and all performed with real heart and soul. Flipside has performed at events for high profile clients, including Boston Celtics All-Star Ray Allen, Jack & Suzy Welch (CEO of General Electric and noted author) and Elizabeth (The View/Survivor/Fox News) & Tim  Hasselbeck (NFL quarterback). They were also the band of choice for fundraisers such as Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” party, Joslin Diabetes fundraisers, Hartford Hospital Group Back & Red Balls, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Gala, Harvard University’s Fly Club party, American Heart Association’s “Heartball” with President Bill Clinton, the launch party for Boston Common Magazine, Boston Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala and Governor Deval Patrick’s 50th Birthday celebration (featuring cellist Yo Yo Ma) as well as both of his inaugural balls.