DANBURY, Conn. — The Danbury Museum & Historical Society made history Friday as it celebrated its 75th anniversary at the annual Hat City Ball at The Amber Room.
Guests arrived dressed to impress in their finest clothes — and decorative hats to accessorize. "It is so wonderful to be here for such a wonderful occasion," said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. "I am honored to be a part of this."
Boughton was also the man of the hour, receiving The Hat City Award for Preservation Excellence in recognition of his ongoing partnership with the Historical Society and his commitment to the preservation of the history and heritage of the community. "I am honored to accept this award," he said during his speech.
At the end of the speech, someone in the crowd shouted that he hopes Boughton becomes governor next year, drawing chuckles from the mayor and the crowd.
"This has been such a great evening, and I am truly thankful for everyone coming out to support the museum and for all the support you have done to help make tonight possible," said Brigid Guertin, executive director of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society.
The evening began with cocktails and appetizers while guests arrived. The USO Show Troupe, which is also celebrating its 75th year, opened the evening with the National Anthem.
There was a warm welcome from Paul Valeri, who then introduced Geoff Herald, along with Joretta Kilcourse, president of The Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society, and then Cynthia Merkle.
After the remarks, the USO performed several songs while dinner was served, followed by Eight to the Bar. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also made an appearance, while the silent auction was announced.
Dessert was served, and then the guests danced the rest of the night away.
The Hat City Ball is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Danbury Museum & Historical Society.