25th Anniversary Events

An old version of the CT Fair Housing Center logo

One of the Center’s early logos

The Center was founded in 1994 as a project of the Connecticut Housing Coalition. In 2019, we’re celebrating twenty-five years of working to ensure that all people in Connecticut have equal access to the housing opportunities of their choice, free from discrimination.  All proceeds from this year’s events will support the Center’s mission so that we can continue fighting for fair housing for as long as it takes.  To mark this milestone, we’re hosting two events this spring:

Fair Housing Month Kickoff Reception with Legislators and Advocates

Legislative Office Building, Hartford (1st Floor Atrium)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 5-7pm

To kick off National Fair Housing Month and raise awareness of the issues we’re working on this year, the Center is hosting a reception at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and other light refreshments, mingle with legislators, staff, and advocates, and be among the first to see the Center’s annual fair housing educational display in the LOB Concourse. Feel free to drop in anytime between 5-7pm. Event is free, but space is limited; pre-registration much appreciated.  

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25th Anniversary & Annual Loving Civil Rights Award Reception

The Tavern at Keney Park, Windsor (on the Hartford/Windsor line)
Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 5:30-7:30pm

Named for the couple that fought the ultimate form of housing discrimination when they were barred from living in Virginia because of their interracial marriage, the Center’s annual Mildred and Richard Loving Civil Rights Award honors civil rights leaders and thinkers, those who have worked to change the course of history, those who have challenged how history is written, and those who are making history today. In recognition of the Center’s 25th Anniversary, the 2019 Loving Civil Rights Award will be presented to the organization’s founding committee: 

  • Phil Tegeler, Executive Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
  • Jeff Freiser, Former (Retired) Executive Director, CT Housing Coalition
  • Nancy Hronek, Greater Hartford Legal Aid
  • Barbara Perry (Retired)

In addition, Day Pitney LLP will be honored with this year’s George J. and Patricia K. Ritter Pro Bono Award for their service to the Center and our clients.

We’re looking forward to lots of exciting changes to this year’s event!  Enjoy generous BBQ-themed hors d’oeuvres, margaritas, and even an ice cream sundae bar in a beautiful outdoor venue overlooking historic Keney Park, located just minutes from downtown Hartford on the line between Hartford and Windsor. See the unique new painting by celebrated local artist Georges Annan-Kingsley, commissioned especially for the Center’s 25th anniversary (the painting will also be up for auction!).  The incomparable John Motley will return as our Master of Ceremonies.

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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring or advertising at one or both of this year’s events?  Please click here to review the full information packet.

Ready to purchase a sponsorship or ad?  Click here to submit payment online.

Showcase your organization’s support of fair housing in Connecticut before a distinguished audience of leaders from the state’s business, legal, nonprofit, real estate, and government sectors. 

Fair Housing Kickoff Event at Legislative Office Building – April 3

100+ advocates, legislators and their staff are expected to attend. Sponsorships start at just $500 with a discounted rate of $250 for nonprofits. Please review the packet above for full details.

25th Anniversary/Loving Award Event – May 30

200+ attendees are expected to attend. Sponsorships start at $1250 and color program ads start at $200, with special discounted rates for nonprofit organizations.


Ready to purchase your sponsorship or ad? Click here to submit payment via our secure online form.


To learn more about sponsorship or advertising opportunities, contact Shannon Houston at (860) 263-0730 or shouston@ctfairhousing.org.


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