A Town Party thrown for Greenwich residents by Greenwich residents!….Be A Part of it!
The Greenwich Town Party was the brainchild of community-minded town resident who came up with the idea when visiting his wife’s home country of Spain. It was there that this resident saw that all Spanish towns have annual parties that bring together their communities, and he thought it would be a wonderful event for Greenwich. His belief and vision was to bring the community closer together by having people from all segments of the community work on the party — contributing their time or money to whatever extent they can afford—and then having a blast at the event.
In January of 2011, the idea was presented to Town Selectman Peter Tesei, who felt this was exactly what the Town needed, particularly in the wake of the financial crisis. Initially, with only 3 people trying to build a party for 3,000, gaining support from others was paramount. Three short months later, the sold out 2011 Greenwich Town Party was, by all accounts, a phenomenal success. Over 3,500 Greenwich residents, business owners, and friends joined in the festivities of the unprecedented 12-hour event, which included over 600 kids, 600 seniors, and people of all ages in between. There was something for everyone with musical performances ranging from local bands and singing groups, to the fantastic headlining acts including Toots and the Maytals, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Temptations, Little Feat, and blues legend and six-time Grammy Award winner Buddy Guy.
After the inaugural event, the event organizers felt confident that the vision was now becoming clear to others in the community, and the unanimous decision was made to hold the Greenwich Town Party annually. The planners developed a three-year plan to make it a self-sustaining event, broadening the community’s involvement and support each year. The 2012 Greenwich Town Party will take place on Saturday, May 26th at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, and includes many of the successful elements from the previous year; namely, the family festival, a BBQ Grill-Off, food from local restaurants and caterers, and a spectacular line-up of musical performers. Recently announced, the exciting main stage schedule includes The Wailers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Kirk Franklin, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and the amazing 12-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Paul Simon.
New this year, in an effort to further involve the community, the Greenwich Town Party is accepting entries for the Community Art Contest during the month of April for kids in grades K through 12. Participants will enter their drawings, photos, and paintings of what “Community” means to them. This is a grass-roots campaign to build awareness of the purpose of the event. Winners will receive free admission, great prizes, and all entries will be featured in a video that will be shown at the event.
The Greenwich Town Party was carefully designed to bring all parts of the community together. The ticket cost is heavily subsidized by donations from people and businesses in the community, with the objective of making this event affordable for everyone. If the cost of the ticket were to actually cover the cost of the event, tickets would have been about $350 each last year. Instead, tickets were $40 per person in 2011 and will be $40 again in 2012 for general all-day admission. Greenwich Town Party is also allocating an allotment of 200 complementary tickets to be made available through some of the local organizations for people with limited means. And seniors, ages 65 and over, are being offered discounted tickets for only $10.
The Greenwich Town Party is a Greenwich community event, sponsored by the Greenwich Town Party Inc., a non-profit organization. On the executive committee of the GTP Board is lifelong Greenwich resident Mark Vallely, who oversees all aspects of the event; Greenwich residents Patrick Durkin and Ray Rivers, who manage fundraising; and Greenwich resident Ray Dalio, who oversees entertainment and music.
Furthermore, Ray Rivers serves as the Chairman of the Development Committee, Ken Hays handles music booking and production, and Scot Weicker manages event logistics and operations.
Along with 13 other residents and local business people, 1st Selectman Peter Tesei serves on the Advisory Committee and Joe Siciliano of Greenwich Parks & Recreation is the Town-Appointed Liaison. The Greenwich Town Party is a volunteer supported event hosted in cooperation with the Town of Greenwich. The event is run by volunteers, and primarily supported by charitable donations made by residents and the businesses of Greenwich. While the Town provides a community liaison and security support, its’ event-related expenses are paid by Greenwich Town Party.
GREENWICH TOWN PARTY… be a part of it!
The Greenwich Town Party has been approved by the IRS as a Section 501(c)(3) public tax-exempt organization. Donations to Greenwich Town Party are deductible to the extent provided by law. Please consult your tax advisor to determine what tax benefits may be available for your contribution.