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Danbury Museum's Hat City Ball Will Honor Mayor Boughton

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will be honored at The Hat City Ball, hosted by the Danbury Museum and Historical Society.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will be honored at The Hat City Ball, hosted by the Danbury Museum and Historical Society. Photo Credit: Facebook/Mark Boughton

DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will receive the Hat City Award for Preservation Excellence at the third annual Hat City Ball on Friday, Jan. 27.

The ball is hosted by Friends of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society. It will be held at The Amber Room and begins at 6:30 p.m. Click here for ticket information.

The gala kicks off the 75th anniversary year for the Danbury Museum and Historical Society, whose mission is to acquire, preserve, and interpret the history of Danbury.

Boughton will be honored in recognition of his ongoing partnership with the museum and commitment to the preservation of the history and heritage of the community.

“I am honored to be chosen as the recipient of The Hat City Award for Preservation Excellence. Twenty-first century Danbury is shaped by our past and I feel strongly that as a community we must continue to recognize and honor the important history that the Danbury Museum & Historical Society collects and preserves,” Boughton said.

Boughton, 52, has served as Danbury’s Mayor since 2001. He is the longest-serving mayor in the history of Danbury. He is a graduate of Danbury High School, where he also taught social studies. His father, Donald, also served as the Mayor of Danbury for one term in the late 1970s.

"Since the beginning, Mayor Boughton has been a tremendous supporter of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society,'' said Brigid Guertin, the Museum's Executive Director. "We are honored to support him at this year's event for all the work he has done to support us in our mission."

“The Friends are very excited to host this year’s event and recognize The Danbury Museum’s 75th anniversary year in The Hat City. We look forward to bringing the Danbury community together once again; the Hat City Ball is an essential fundraiser for the museum and supports the educational programs, history-related events, community outreach and preservation efforts of the museum,” said Joretta Kilcourse, President of The Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society.

The evening features live music from Eight to the Bar, two performances by The USO Show Troupe (also celebrating its 75th year), an open beer wine bar, a Surf & Turf meal (vegetarian option available), dancing, and a silent auction.

"We are grateful for the support of the people, corporations and businesses that have made the Hat City Ball a huge success,'' Guertin said. "This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we rely on the community's support to continue to protect and preserve Danbury's history."

The museum is seeking sponsors and advertisers. Major Sponsorship at the “Campaign Hat Honor Table” level includes an opportunity to provide tickets to Danbury veterans. Donations to this year’s silent auction from area businesses are also welcome.

A complete outline with Sponsor, Advertiser and Donor details are available at There is also more information and a link to purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased at the museum during regular business hours.

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