Operation Hope, the Fairfield nonprofit that manages homeless shelters, a community kitchen and transitional housing, will hold its 11th annual "Evening of Hope Gala" honoring Cindi Bigelow, the president of Bigelow Tea Co., and her family at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway.

The Bigelows will be recognized for their contributions to the agency, according to a release.

The event, featuring a Southern style to replicate the charm of the Fairfield-based company's South Carolina tea plantation, will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction.

Proceeds will benefit Operation Hope's programs.

For tickets, at $200 per person, and information, contact Paula Morthanos at pmorthanos@operationhopect.org or at 203-292-5588, ext. 246, or www.operationhopect.org.