DANBURY, CONN. - The Danbury Museum and Historical Society celebrated the city and its rich history with the return of its annual ball Friday, Jan. 16.
The black tie event, previously known as the Mayor's Ball but dubbed the Hat City Ball this year, included dinner, dancing, a silent and live auction, and entertainment by the Traveling Men Quartet.
"I like the networking, and it's a very lovely evening," said Sandy Banks of Danbury. Banks and her husband, Michael O'Brien, were married just one day earlier, on the day of their 17th anniversary together -- by the mayor. There's always good socializing, and it celebrates Danbury. I'm happy we have it."
"It's about Danbury, about our heritage, our culture," added Paul Estefan of Danbury, who is the city's airport administrator. "It's a good fundraiser for the museum, so it's very important... especially so the younger generation can see."
"The ball is to highlight the history, as well as be a major fundraiser for the museum, to help it be self-sustaining," said Paul Valeri of Danbury, who's on the museum's Board of Directors. "This is the first Hat City Ball. It's great to see Danbury people having a good time, and wanting to see the museum prosper."
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