Susan Barton Murray
Susan Barton Murray; Portrait by Bruce Plotkin

Serendipity’s Girls’ Night Out is a socially conscious evening that combines fashion, food and fun, all to support great causes. Held this year on April 21 at The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT, the event gave guests the opportunity to shop, mingle and honor the philanthropists who contribute to the community. An enthusiastic crowd cheered as these charitable models (and kids!) showed off fresh spring looks. The party continued with gourmet cuisine from caterer Abigail Kirsch, refreshing lemon cocktails from Keel Vodka and dance hits performed by the popular band Sweet & Meaty. In between, guests shopped for gorgeous clothing and jewelry, sampled expert beauty services and products and tasted fine wines. These individuals are heroes in the community for their efforts to help vital causes. Meet the men, women and children who made Girls’ Night Out a success.

Susan Barton Murray

Autism Speaks (Boston, MA)

Her role: Co-founder of the predecessor organization to Autism Speaks and co-chair  of the Autism Speaks Celebrity Golf Challenge

Mission: This non-profit is committed to biomedical research, prevention and treatment, in addition  to raising awareness and bringing the autism  community together.

What drew you to this charity? “My son Owen was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old in 1995, when there was virtually no awareness, understanding or donated funds that could make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism and their families. We needed to raise the bar so we could change the future.”

Learn more: autismspeaks.org