“Hearts & Heroes” Fundraiser Gala Returns with Motown Theme,
Proceeds to Benefit House of Heroes Connecticut
Organization’s Largest Annual Fundraiser Slated for March 26 Following a Year
Off Due to Pandemic; Sponsor, Craftsman and Volunteer of Year to be Honored
March 1, 2022 - Upwards of 250 guests, supporters and friends of veterans are expected to join
together for fun with a purpose on Saturday, March 26, as House of Heroes Connecticut’s annual Hearts
& Heroes Fundraiser and Gala returns to Cascade in Hamden following a year off due to the COVID-19
The event, the non-profit veterans service organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, will feature a
Motown theme with music provided by regional rhythm & blues band Le’Mixx. The event begins with
cocktails at 6 and will feature an open bar, dinner and dancing, along with premium and silent raffles.
The highlight of the evening will be presentation of House of Heroes Connecticut’s Annual William J.
May III Service Above Self Awards to the organization’s 2021 sponsor, craftsman and volunteer of the
year. The awards, established in 2019, honor the legacy of HOHCT’s late co-founder Bill May, a 24-year
Army Aviation veteran, Black Hawk helicopter test pilot and inspiring leader whose vision was to assist
fellow veterans in need of home renovations and repairs that would keep them safely in their homes.
The May Award honorees recognizing service and support for the 2021 calendar year are:
Sponsor of the Year: Disabled American Veterans, Hardware City Chapter 8, which annually hosts the
Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open for the benefit of HOHCT and other veterans causes. DAV Chapter 8 has
provided more than $70,000 in funding to HOHCT since 2012.
Craftsmen of the Year: Connecticut Carpenters Union Local 326. Typically awarded to an individual, this
year’s Craftsmen of the Year award goes to this hard-working group which has lent its invaluable talents
and labor to numerous HOHCT projects since 2019.
Volunteer of the Year: Michael Stowe. A long-time master carpenter and Bridgeport native, Stowe
joined HOHCT as a volunteer in 2020 and has played an ever-increasing and vital role in project planning,
management and on-site supervision, helping the organization manage its growing schedule of projects.
Tickets for the event are $125 per person, with a variety of table, sponsorship and advertising options
available. Tickets may be purchased on-line in advance at
House of Heroes Connecticut partners include Coldwell Banker Realty (North Haven); Connecticut
Carpenters Union, Local 326; Disabled American Veterans, Hardware City Chapter 8; Elks Lodge 957
(New Britain); Johnson Brunetti; Knights of Columbus, The Honorable W. Patrick Donlin Assembly 2459
(New Haven); Knights of Columbus, Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 (Norwalk); PCX Aerosystems; P&W-4-
Vets; and TOPS Marketplace (Southington).
House of Heroes Connecticut is a 501(c)(3) non-profit