Marrakech’s 15th Annual Gala a Huge Success!

On Saturday, November 14,
2015, Marrakech, Inc.’s 15th Annual Gala took place at the Grassy
Hill Country Club in Orange, CT. This year, the party took on the Great Gatsby
as a theme and guests arrived ready for some 1920’s-inspired fun.
The event was our most well-attended gala to date, with over 270 guests present.
This was in large part due to the hardworking honorary chairs of Marrakech’s
2015 Gala, Debra and Richard Epstein of L.H. Brenner Inc./Thompson and Peck
Insurance, who led a dedicated working committee composed of community members
and Marrakech employees responsible for making sure there were interesting
auction items, entertaining  music, and
enough inspiration to motivate guests to give generously to the organization.
Perhaps one of the most
important aspects of the event is the opportunity to educate guests on the work
that Marrakech does in the community. William Boateng, the keynote speaker for
the evening, succeeded in doing this simply by telling his own personal story.
Boateng lived in various foster homes throughout his childhood. When he first
came to Marrakech at age 18, he had difficulty communicating with and trusting
staff as well as others, which made managing relationships difficult and
hindered his overall independence.  Boateng,
now 23 years old, said, “Since coming to Marrakech, I have made so much
progress. People tell me I’m a different person and I am.  I am happy and I have positive plans for the
future. Tomorrow I will be moving into my very own apartment. If it weren’t for
Marrakech, I may have been going to jail.” This was the inspiration the guests
needed to help the organization surpass its financial goals for the evening.
For almost 45 years, Marrakech
has been providing person-centered, unique and cost effective supports to
children and adults with and without disabilities across Connecticut. Marrakech
assists individuals who face barriers to securing employment, connecting to
necessary supportive services, accessing safe and affordable housing, and
participating fully as contributing members of their communities. To learn more
about Marrakech, Inc. visit
Debra and Richard Epstein of L.H. Brenner Inc./Thompson and Peck Insurance chaired Marrakech’s 15th Annual Gala & Auction
Marrakech President & CEO, Heather LaTorra, poses with Gala keynote speaker, William Boateng, who inspired guests that evening with his personal story of success.

Photo Credit: Larry Brownstein

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