July 2, 2020

For the Children*Para Los Niños Benefit Night to Support Local and Mexican Children

DEEP RIVER – The Early Childhood Council (ECC) and Lantern Hill will be hosting a Benefit Night on Saturday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Deep River Carriage House  to raise funds to support  For the Children*Para Los Niños charities.

The funds will be used to support local preschool scholarships in Chester, Deep River and Essex through the Early Childhood Council, and for educational and feeding programs supported by Lantern Hill in Ensenada, Mexico. 

Featured at the event will be a three course dinner prepared by Chef Thomas Peterlik (Dinners at the Farm), live entertainment by the Eric Ducoff Band and a silent auction with goods from local businesses and artists and handcrafted items from Mexico.  Ticket price is $75 per person.

Deep River residents and sisters, Amy Forbes and Kerri Forbes Millburne created this event for their sister Abby Forbes Williams’ non-profit organization, Lantern Hill, located in Baja California, Mexico.  After witnessing the plight of the working poor in Mexico and the support Lantern Hill offers to neighboring communities, the sisters were inspired to utilize the resources of their own community to raise funds for their sister’s efforts in Mexico.  After speaking with a friend, Katherine Campbell of Essex and board member of ECC, they knew that uniting both organizations for a benefit would be the perfect collaboration. Amy and Kerri proposed their concept at an ECC meeting and everyone was not only positive about joining together, they were excited about the prospect of raising awareness and substantial funds for both organizations.

The event organizers  wish to express sincere gratitude to those committed to making this event possible, the Benefit Committee, event volunteers and supporters (Dinners at the Farm). Particular thanks to those volunteering their time to make this event a success.

Why a partnership between ECC and Lantern Hill?

Both organizations support children in need and both organizations recognize that education provides a solid foundation which in turn can change a child’s life.  The ECC brings awareness to the shoreline community about families in need and offers scholarships to families of preschoolers. Lantern Hill brings awareness to Americans about poverty and lack of educational resources and offers educational and feeding programs to indigenous communities with extreme needs.

For sponsorship opportunities:  Contact Amy Forbes at 860-581-0143 or Kerri Millburne at 301-648-1313.

To purchase tickets or a table go to www.forthechildrenbenefit.com or email  for.the.childrenCT@gmail.com.