WESTPORT — A new design for the Westport Historical Society’s fundraising schedule proved a success Friday night when it held its first-ever gala at the Post Road store Design Within Reach.

Local photographer Larry Silver was honored, along with attendee actress Melissa Joan Hart, both of whom call Westport home.

“This is the first time that we’ve had a gala on its own,” said board member Ed Gerber, noting close to 150 people were expected.

The event included art displays, psychic readings and entertainment by Fairfield’s School of Rock House Band.

“It’s been fantastic,” Gerber said.