Nitz to speak at Twilight Gala

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association Connecticut Chapter (NSCIA CT) will hold its fourth annual Twilight Gala on Friday, March 9 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

The event, hosted by Brad Field, NBC Connecticut’s chief meteorologist, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at midnight.

At the gala, NSCIA CT will honor and hear the inspirational story of Paul Nitz, a four-time member of the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Team, who won three consecutive Gold Medals at the International Paralympic Games. 
Nitz won his first Gold Medal in 1992 in the 100-meter wheelchair race in Barcelona, Spain.

He once again won that event in 1996 in Atlanta, setting a new world record.

Nitz also won the 100-meter race in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

The evening’s festivities also include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and both live and silent auctions. Individual tickets may be purchased for $150 by going to, clicking on “2013 Twilight Gala,” and then clicking “Register.”
In 1992, Nitz joined The Hartford Financial Services Group as a full-time employee.

He works closely with The Hartford — which is sponsoring his appearance at the gala — to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.

Gold Sponsors of the event are: Advanced Wheels of Technology, Inc. and Hudson Seating & Mobility.

Silver Sponsors are Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Connecticut/St Francis Care.

The other major sponsors are ATG Rehab, Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc., Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network, Hospital for Special Care, Interim Healthcare, New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (comprised of Boston University, Hospital for Special Care and Gaylord Healthcare), Norcom Mortgage and Insurance, the Pearlman Family of Glastonbury and Simsbury, Pride Mobility Products Corporation, Matthew P. Raymond, D.O., and Subramani Seetharama, M.D.