Indie Gala 2016: Is That a Rickey?

Indie Gala Thank You PosterIn 2014 we had the Geeks and Nerds Gala, in 2015 we debuted our Indie Gala: Charity Shindig, and in 2016 we’ve got these events down to an art. It’s fitting then, that this year our charity partner was Franklin Street Works, a not-for-profit contemporary art space in downtown Stamford.

Last night I walked around and saw vendors making new friends, guests sipping cocktails, delicious and messy taco eating all while being serenaded by sunny music from DJ Michelle Spinei. If you’ve been to the SIC, you know that our walls are cream with dark wood doors, but last night downstairs was a riot of color. Everyone seemed to be in a spring mood, and the vendors had lots of colorful art to share. Nights like that really remind me of how warm our community is and I’m glad that I get a chance to be involved.

Franklin Street Works cookiesFranklin Street Works is grateful for your contribution! FSW is a five-year-old, not-for-profit contemporary art space (a startup by museum standards!) working on manifesting contemporary art projects in a professional and welcoming setting, broadening community participation in the arts, contributing to a larger arts dialogue, and cultivating emerging artists. To date, the organization has exhibited the work of more than 250 internationally exhibiting artists, curated 20 original exhibitions, and organized approximately 100 programs. They pay their artists and curators so your ticket directly supports the creative class!

And now for the details you’ve been waiting for….

We celebrated #TacoThursday with some delicious Mexican food from Garibaldi Mexican Grill including Mexican pizzas and a taco bar. Dessert was raspberry tarts, chocolates, with coffee tastings from our friends at Solude Coffee. Did you know that a portion of your purchase with Solude goes to a local charity of your choice? That’s why all the SIC coffee is ordered from them, and a portion of that goes to Future 5.

Cointreau tableCointreau made us “The Rickey” which are made with Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and club soda. Before last night I had never heard of the drink, but I can say now that I am a fan and I will be revisiting this recipe during hot summer days.

Thank you to our sponsors Newman Grubb Knight Frank, Media Crossing, Westfair Communications, and Cointreau – we couldn’t have thrown this party without you. Thank you to Two Roads Brewery, Lorca, and Glenville Wine and Spirits for your generous contributions to our event. Thank you to The Bananaland for designing the event branding, every time we look at it we’re reminded of your artistic skills.

The Indie Alley was a great success and we’d like to thank all of the vendors that came out and had a table at our event. For a full list of the companies and their offerings, check out our blog post.

We had some great gift bags this year, and although we’d love to take credit for them we couldn’t have put together such a wonderful pile of gifts without help from our friends!

  • Lorca gave candied almond cluster cookies and a free drink
  • Cointreau gave bright orange cocktail shakers
  • The Next Big Thing gave a coupon
  • Valerie Chernetskyy donated some gorgeous scarves and ties, as well as a discount off a content writing service at C’est Mode Chic
  • Garibaldi Mexican Grill gave a coupon for $10 off
  • Franklin Street Works contributed a fairytale shortbread cookie and their brochure has a coupon for a free coffee
  • Finally, Stamford Innovation Center rounded out the gifts with a tote bag, journal, and stickers.

A big thank you to our team of volunteers, all of your hard work was appreciated and helped us put together a memorable event!

Everyone I spoke with seemed to be having a great evening. Don’t believe me? Check on the twitter stream on our hashtag #CharityShindig.



Natasha Miller of Tashography took some great photos of the Indie Gala, take a look here:



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