The philanthropic organization Near & Far Aid will host its annual Designer House Tour, "Celebrating the Art of Living," on Friday, May 2. Hours for the self-guided tour, which includes five homes in Fairfield and Westport, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The house tour will allow patrons to meander the halls of decorated homes, from waterfront mansions to back-country estates. The cost is $60; boxed lunches to take along are $15.

A pre-tour breakfast will take place on tour day from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. at the Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway in Fairfield, featuring designer Kathryn Ireland. Tickets are $65.

A "Toast the Tour" cocktail reception will take place May 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, following the tour, and will feature a luxury car show, hors d'oeuvres and martini and champagne stations. Tickets are $100.

"The Designer House Tour provides patrons a glimpse of fine living in Fairfield County, showcasing exquisite homes and decor while letting Near & Far Aid continue its important work of providing support programs helping families at risk, homelessness and adults in crisis and other causes," said Near & Far Aid President Bitsy Higgins, of Westport. Chairwoman of the 2014 Designer House Tour is Kelly Scinto, of Fairfield.

The events benefit Near & Far Aid's projects to break the cycle of poverty. Since 2000, Near & Far Aid has granted more than $13 million to Fairfield County agencies working with the disadvantaged.

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