Connecticut Celebration of Kindness

Thursday, May 25, 2023 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Reverie Brewing Company

57B Church Hill Rd., Newtown, CT 06470

Celebrating our community that is rooted in kindness!

Enjoy a night of great music, local food and drinks, silent auction, live auction, and friends supporting kindness in our community. This year’s celebration will include a visit from Ben’s Bells Founder, Jeannette Maré. We are delighted to be a part of such a kind community and hope to see you there!

General Admission

    • Adult Tickets (21+) include 2 drink tickets and 1 food ticket $75 per person
    • Child Tickets (under 21) include 1 food ticket $1 per person

Children and young adults (under 21), when accompanied by an adult who has purchased a ticket, can attend this family-friendly event for only $1 at the door thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.


Can’t make it to this year’s event but still want to show your support? Make a donation.

Having trouble purchasing tickets? Contact us at ct@bensbells.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Special Guest Jeannette Maré

Jeannette Maré
Ben’s Bells Founder/ Ben’s Mom

In 2002, Jeannette Maré’s life changed forever when her son, Ben, died suddenly just before his third birthday. In the months following his death, Jeannette and her friends and family began making ceramic wind chimes – the first Ben’s Bells – in her backyard studio. Being surrounded by supportive people and working with clay toward a common goal was therapeutic for her family and their healing.

During this time, Jeannette learned how a small act of kindness could make such a difference in a person’s life, no matter their background. She wanted to find a way to teach others about the impact of intentional acts of kindness, and so the idea for the Bell came to life. This started a powerful ripple effect. People who found the Bells shared their own stories of grief and healing and hope.

Since 2003, Ben’s Bells has been operating as a nonprofit, growing kindness education programs and continuing to distribute thousands of Bells every year. Today Bells are found all over the world and our free kindness education programming has reached over 1.6 million students.

Musical Guests

The event will feature live music from the popular band, ODDFELLAS, out of Stratford, CT.

Local Beverages

Each guest will receive two free beverages from Reverie’s large craft beer selection. Soft drinks and water will also be available at no charge.

What started as quietly thinking about relaxing at the end of the day with an IPA quickly flourished from pining over the success of other craft breweries to the reality of creating floor plans and refining beer recipes. Reverie Brewing Company’s vision is to create and promote high-quality great tasting beer for beer-lovers to enjoy. We strive to be a positive and honest partner to the community and to brew craft beers with integrity while focusing on sustainability. Learn more at https://reveriebrewing.com/

Delicious Local Food

Food for the event will be provided by FLIK Independent School Dining and will feature a “Smok’d Food Truck”.

Flik Independent School Dining is a team of food and nutrition experts dedicated entirely to creating fun, healthful and innovative dining solutions for private and independent school communities. As the only dining services company specializing exclusively in independent school education, Flik understands that every independent school campus is different and we partner with each school community to customize a program that meets the needs of their unique student body. Fresh, healthful food preparation utilizing batch cooking techniques and locally and sustainably-sourced ingredients is the cornerstone of our program. Learn more at https://www.flikisd.com/

Kind Campus Award and Kind Colleagues Award

During a Celebration of Kindness, Ben’s Bells wants to honor the kind work that is being done in our community with a Kind Campus Award and Kind Colleagues Award. These awards were established to honor honor kind students, teachers, schools, coworkers, and business organizations in the community for making a difference through their outstanding kindness. 

NOMINATIONS: We are seeking nominations of individuals in the Connecticut and New York area who embody kindness through their behavior, choices, and actions, and through their service to the community. These kind individuals understand that kindness is a powerful skill and ongoing practice that begins inwardly and extends to other individuals, groups, and entire communities.

*Award recipients will be notified in advance of the event. 

Nominate a kind school or business today! Submissions due by Wednesday, March 31st.

Silent Auction

Browse our wide selection of art, experiences, handmade goods, and more!

Bidding closes Thursday, May 25th, at 9:00pm EST.

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Become a Sponsor

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Thank you to our kind sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Community Maker

Kindness Champion

Karen Mello Family

Advocate for Kindness