The Children's Law Center Gala is excited to go virtual on November 13th, 2020! With technology at our fingertips, we will deliver an unforgettable evening featuring emcee, Renee DiNino, Radio Personality, iHeart Radio, inspirational stories, unique auction packages, plush animals - for donation to a child client or for purchase - and more! While the world has changed, The Children's Law Center's mission has not. With your support, our programs will continue to help create safe, stable environments for children whose parents are in chronic conflict.


WHEN: November 13th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

************************************************************************************************8******8 WHERE: VIRTUAL Event

*                          Join us from the comfort of your own home! Make your own party!                                      Watch on your own or gather some friends. ******************************************************************************************************** COST: There is NO COST to watch CLC's VIRTUAL Gala

* $75 "Celebrate-at-Home" Dinner Tickets are available for purchase: Each ticket includes a three course meal with a cocktail prepared by Max Catering & Events plus a plush animal donation* to a child.

* *$20 of each dinner ticket purchased is deductible for income tax purposes ******************************************************************************************************** FUND A KINDER DAY: Plush animals available for donation to a child client** or for purchase, $20 ea.

**a donation of $20 for a plush animal to give to a child client is deductible for income tax purposes ********************************************************************************************************

QUESTIONS? Visit our FAQ Tab for more information and for ways that YOU can get involved, or email ********************************************************************************************************

Kindly join us to celebrate CLC on November 13th!

Visionary Sponsor

Leader Sponsor

Advocate Sponsor

Mentor Sponsor

Friend Sponsor

Bendett & McHugh, PC

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our 2020 Virtual Gala thus far!

~Click on each organization/business to find out more!~

American Girl Doll | Barbara Panico | Bella Gusta Select Oils & Vinegars | Brendan Milove - PadPlay Games| ClayArtPlay | Deborah Leonard |  E&D Pizza Company | Hartford Symphony Orchestra | Hartford Yard Goats | Susan Loraine Jewelry | Terry Walters, LLC | Pam & Jeff Verney | 


This year's 2020 Gala will be a virtual event available to stream for anyone at no cost to the viewer!

*"Celebrate-at-Home" DINNER TICKET *

  • "Celebrate-at-Home" DINNER TICKET - $75
Ticket includes a three course meal plus a cocktail from Max Catering & Events. Each "Celebrate-at-Home" dinner ticket purchase also includes a tax deductible donation* of a plush animal that will be donated to a CLC child client.                                                                                                           *$20 for a plush animal to give to a child client is deductible for income tax purposes  


CLC's Virtual Gala Dinner Ticket


Fund a Kinder Day

Since 1993, our programs have transformed lives of vulnerable children, moving their tumultuous family circumstances in a positive direction. Please consider donating to Fund a Kinder Day for our child clients.

  • $500 Pays for six mediation sessions in the Families in Transition Program
  • $250 Pays for a day in court, negotiating or making an argument in the child’s best interest
  • $100 Pays for substantive law trainings and mental health trainings for the professional staff ensuring the highest quality representation
  • $50 Pays for a home visit, our first chance to meet and get to know our child client

2020 Ellie the Elephant: $20

The 2020 Gala Elephant will certainly bring a smile to one of our child clients and will make a wonderful gift for any child in your life or the child at heart.


Take home* Ellie the Elephant today or donate an adorable plush animal to one of our child clients** now!

*Any plush animal purchased to be taken home must be picked up at our office. However, we can mail the plush animal home to you for an additional fee.


**$20 for a plush animal to give to a child client is deductible for income tax purposes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Take Home or Donate a Plush Animal


Children's Law Center's 2020 "Celebrate-at-Home" VIRTUAL Gala                    Envision a Kinder Future         

  • Q: What is a VIRTUAL Gala and how does it differ from an in-person gala?
A: A VIRTUAL Gala is a video production that lasts around 1 hour. You are able to watch the production on your computer (or hooked up to your television) in the comforts of your own home and at no cost to the viewer.


  • Q: Why has the Children’s Law Center (CLC) decided to do a virtual Gala instead of an in-person event?
A: Since large gatherings are restricted because of the pandemic, CLC has decided to go virtual. Our top priority is your health, and the safety and health of our community, donors and staff.


  • Q: What are all of the components to a VIRTUAL fundraiser?

A: There are several ways to support a VIRTUAL Fundraiser:

- Become a sponsor. Click here for the sponsor information

- Purchase a "Celebrate-at-Home" dinner ticket. Click here for ticket information.

- Donate a silent auction item. Click here for the auction form

- Make a donation (i.e. a VIRTUAL Paddle Raise). Click here to make a donation.

- Bid on unique auction items. Link to be provided in early November.

- Watch the CLC 2020 “Celebrate-at-Home” VIRTUAL Gala video on NOVEMBER 13TH -- Details provided in early November

- Share the CLC 2020 “Celebrate-at-Home” VIRTUAL Gala link with your contacts.


  • Q: Who is allowed to watch the video? Is it only sponsors or those who purchase the $75 dinner ticket?
A: The CLC 2020 Gala is available to stream at no cost to the viewer!


  • Q: How and when do I watch the CLC 2020 “Celebrate-at-Home”  VIRTUAL Gala?
A. Click on the Children’s Law Center website on Friday, November 13 at 6:45 p.m to stream the event and join us. The Virtual Gala will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.


  • Q: How long is the CLC 2020 “Celebrate-at-Home”  VIRTUAL Gala video?
A: The fundraiser will last no longer than 1 hour.


  • Q. What do I wear to the CLC 2020 Celebrate-at-Home”  VIRTUAL Gala?
A. Anything you’d like! You can get dressed up like you’re going out or stay casually dressed in your own home. Either way, we’d love for you to send us your photos! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


  • Q: When does the auction open and how do I register?
A: The auction will open on Monday, November 2, 2020. We will send promotions close to that date on how to register and you can also check back to this website for more details.


  • Q: When does the auction close?
A: The auction closes at 10pm, after the CLC 2020 "Celebrate-at-Home" VIRTUAL Gala on November 13th, 2020.


  • Q: How will I know if I won an auction item?
A: You will receive a text message and an email notifying you that you’ve won. If you do not receive notice, someone else won the item.


  • Q: When and how do I pick up my item?
A: You will be contacted by a Children’s Law Center staff member the week of November 23rd to pick up items. Pick up dates and times will be provided at that time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


  • Q: What is a Virtual Paddle Raise?
A: A Virtual Paddle Raise is a fancy term for “donation.” There will be an opportunity to “raise your virtual paddle” or make a donation before, during or after the CLC 2020 Celebrate-at-Home  VIRTUAL Gala.  Click here to donate!


  • Q: I would like to raise my virtual paddle to the CLC 2020 “Celebrate-at-Home” VIRTUAL Gala. How do I do that?
A: There are several ways to donate:

BY CREDIT CARD: The quickest way to Raise your Virtual Paddle is through the Children’s Law Center website

BY CHECK: Please make checks made payable to

The Children’s Law Center 30 Arbor Street, Suite 208  Hartford, CT 06106

BY PHONE: Don’t want to use a credit card or send a check? Call in a pledge to the Children’s Law Center’s main line and leave a message as staff currently are working remotely due to COVID -19; someone will return your call:

860-232-9993 *

  • Q: I can’t join you on November 13th – can I make a donation in support of The Children’s Law Center now?  
A: We appreciate your support! Donations to CLC, and donations of a plush animal for a child client, may be made anytime through our website, by mailing in a check or by calling CLC.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


  • Q: Is there any special food I can order while watching the CLC 2020 VIRTUAL Gala on November 13th at 7:00 p.m.?
A: Yes, The Children's Law Center has partnered with Max Catering & Events to provide “Celebrate-at-Home” Dinners.


  • Q: How much is a “Celebrate-at-Home” dinner?
A: “Celebrate-at-Home” dinner tickets are $75* for each dinner.


*Each dinner ticket includes a three course meal with a cocktail prepared by Max Catering & Events, plus a plush animal donation to a child.


  • Q: How do I order the “Celebrate-at-Home” dinner?
A: A link will be available soon to order your "Celebrate-at-Home" dinner!


  • Q: How do I pick my “Celebrate-at-Home” dinner? 
A: These details are being worked out. Please check back here in the fall for more details.


  • Q: When is the last day that I can order the “Celebrate-at-Home” dinner?
A: Orders may be placed on our website until at least 7 days prior to the CLC 2020 “Celebrate-at-Home” VIRTUAL Gala.* ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


  • Q: I would love to take photos that night to show support of The Children’s Law Center. Where can I post or send the photos?
A: We’d love photos of you! Here are the different ways you can submit photos:

Via Facebook:

Via Instagram:

Via Twitter:

Via Email:



  • Q: What if I have questions before or during CLC 2020 “Celebrate at Home” VIRTUAL Gala?
A: If you have questions before the CLC VIRTUAL gala, please email Jenna Trott at at If you have questions during CLC's VIRTUAL Gala on November 13th, please call the Children’s Law Center at 860-232-9993 between the hours of 5pm – 10pm.

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The Children's Law Center 
30 Arbor Street, Suite 208 
Hartford, CT 06106