March 15th would have been Katy Wichlac's 66th birthday, and so her daughter, Maria Grove, wanted to make sure that Katy's life was celebrated, and her memory honored, in style — toga style, that is. Katy passed away from a glioblastoma brain tumor in 2012 but led a rich, full life beforehand.
Maria, following in her mother's footsteps of "always throwing a great party," created The Wines of March to benefit the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance ("CTBTA") and invited guests, who were treated to a wine tasting, a craft-beer tasting from Shebeen Brewing Company, and original performance by the Connecticut Concert Ballet Ensemble, to wear a toga, with a wink to "The Ides of March."
The 2nd annual event raised more than $2,000 for the CTBTA and began a Katy Wichlac Memorial Continuing Education Fund for Payroll Professionals with additional funds raised from the silent auction that night. Many courageous and festive guests dressed in toga to celebrate the night at the Connecticut Concert Ballet Studio, against the backdrop of the theme colors — yellow in honor of Katy and grey as the color for brain tumor awareness. In thanking everyone who attended, Maria, who joined the CTBTA Board in 2013, noted her dedication in the fight against brain tumors: "Cancer messed with the wrong girl!" she proclaimed. Indeed it did.
At the close of the evening, it was clear that Maria's mom would have been proud of her. "I wanted to throw a party that my mother would have wanted to attend," Maria said. And indeed she did.
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