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Westport’s CLASP Homes Readies For Cocktail Crawl

CLASP Homes residents, President Tracy Flood (center) and Development Director Robin Hammond (R) meet with Spotted Horse Tavern co-owner Pete Mennona (back, 2nd L) and building owner David Waldman (back, R).
CLASP Homes residents, President Tracy Flood (center) and Development Director Robin Hammond (R) meet with Spotted Horse Tavern co-owner Pete Mennona (back, 2nd L) and building owner David Waldman (back, R). Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – You can enjoy a night out with friends at Westport’s Spotted Horse Tavern this week while helping to support CLASP Homes, a Westport-based nonprofit that serves adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

As part of the first-ever Cocktails For CLASP Crawl, a four-month-long version of a pub crawl that kicks off Thursday, four Westport restaurants will donate a portion of one night’s revenues to CLASP, said CLASP Homes’ Development Director Robin Hammond.

“Unlike a traditional pub crawl that’s done in one night, participants will have a month to recuperate in between enjoying beverages in a responsible manner for CLASP,” Hammond said.

The crawl begins Thursday night at the Spotted Horse and will continue May 16 at Dunville’s. The third stop will be at Moja Café on June 20, and the crawl will come to an end on July 10 at Mario’s, she said.

Although CLASP has been serving Westport and surrounding communities for more than 30 years, Hammond said not many people know about the nonprofit. The goal of the crawl, she said, is not only to raise much needed funds, but also to raise awareness.

“We want to let more people know that we exist and thought this would be a great way to get out into the community and get to know new people,” said Hammond. “Each restaurant has its own clientele and we hope to spread the word about the work that CLASP does, all while having fun and making some new friends.”

The event kickoff at the Spotted Horse will begin at 4:30 p.m., Hammond said. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., complimentary appetizers will be served.

“We’re hoping for a great turnout,” she said.

CLASP operates group homes and supervised apartments in Westport, Norwalk, Wilton, Fairfield, Trumbull, Stratford, Shelton and Easton. For more information about the nonprofit, its programs or how to get involved, visit the CLASP website .

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