On Dec. 1, 2018, in Newtown, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation held a gala with the theme of Imagining a Kinder World to raise funds for the design and construction of the future Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, to be located in Newtown. Catherine was a 6-year-old student who lost her life at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.


Naturalist and television host Jarod Miller introduces his rescued animal ambassadors to Jenny Hubbard, Catherine’s mother.


Dr. Victoria Carmella, left, presents a check from the Blue Buffalo Foundation as PH Architect’s Peter Paulos (at podium) and Phil Hubbard (standing with Jenny Hubbard at far right) share plans for the veterinary intake center.


Foundation board director Gretchen Carlson hosts as master of ceremony.


The Greenwich Academy Madrigal Singers perform.


On behalf of Dr. Jane Goodall, Ridgefield resident Anita Dinofrio, left, accepts the inaugural Catherine Violet Hubbard Kindness Award from anthropologist Dr. Mireya Mayor.


The corporate team from Tito’s Handmade Vodka.


Treasurer of the CVH Foundation, Brian Ochs, and his wife Jennifer.


Auctioneer Lucas Hunt.


Micky Dolenz, of the legendary rock band The Monkees, entertains the crowd.


Catherine’s brother, Freddy Hubbard, performs with Lindsey LaFrance.

photos by Ryan Ranahan Creative Studio

Are you attending a benefit gala, awards celebration or garden party? How about a sci-fi or comic convention? Make sure you get noticed by sending us your photos! Email them to steppingout@connecticutmag.com along with a brief description of the occasion. Each month we’ll feature as many events as we can.