MoCA Westport has announced that its 2021 Fall Benefit, The Art of Jazz, will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The celebration of art and music will feature a silent auction, live auction, and live music by Grammy Award-winning Jazz tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery. Enjoy delicious food and an open bar through the evening and stay after the auction for music by local favorite DJ Mo. BUY TICKETS NOW.

Proceeds from the event will provide critical funding to support MoCA Westport’s mission to build a deeper understanding of, and passion for, the arts by presenting thought-provoking and relevant arts experiences. MoCA Westport relies on financial support from the community to fund its range of events, exhibitions, and outreach.

The live auction will be hosted by Westporter Dave Briggs, a former CNN, NBC Sports and Fox News anchor.

Even those who are not attending The Art of Jazz in person will be able to support the Museum through the silent auction, including curated items and experiences from Westport-based small businesses. Bidding will open online beginning September 4, 2021.

“We extend an invitation to everyone to join us as we celebrate the arts and raise funds to support our mission. We are proud to serve as a community resource, and we deeply appreciate the support of the public, local businesses, and our Board and Committee members in helping to bring this event to fruition,” stated Ruth Mannes, MoCA Westport’s Executive Director.

“Our organization has a long-standing heritage of holding visually-stunning and lively fundraisers, and we look forward to returning to that tradition,” she added.

Cocktail/party attire suggested. Tickets are $250/person. 

MoCA Westport thanks The Russell Agency, Compass and Robin Jaffee Frank & Robert Frank for their Sponsorship, and Westport Lifestyle magazine for serving as the Exclusive Media Sponsor for the event. A range of additional sponsorship opportunities for The Art of Jazz are available. For further information, contact Cynthia Dempster, Director of Donor Cultivation and Sponsorships, at or 203/222-7070.


Your safety is always our first priority. Here’s how we’re keeping you safe at the Benefit:

1) All attendees, staff, vendors and entertainers will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination prior to entering the event. A digital copy of your vaccine will be requested as part of the online registration process.

2) Attendees can enjoy the event in both our indoor and outdoor spaces, including an outdoor open bar and passed heavy appetizers. Doors to the building will remain open through the evening to ensure optimal air flow. The event will take place rain or shine.

3) MoCA Westport features a HEPA-grade filtration system, helping to ensure the highest air filtration possible

4) With all attendees vaccinated, masks are optional for both our indoor and outdoor spaces for this event only.

Questions? Please contact us at 203/222-7070.


MoCA deeply appreciates the support of its Benefit Committee: Jennifer Kanfer (Committee Chair), Sheila Barton, Lauren Costello, Silvia Durno, Anne Epstein, Jodi Felton, Lucia Gulbransen, Shari Lebowitz, Emily Liebert, Deb Murtaugh, Joyce Pauker, Deirdre Price, Ronit Tarshis, and Samantha Yanks.


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