The MVP-SOS "Pay It Forward'' celebrity gala and auction is scheduled Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Connecticut Sports Arena on Lanesville Road.

This year's dinner and auction -- both silent and live -- will celebrate the organization's roots.

A highlight will be an inaugural award to a person who exemplifies the mission.

The guest speaker will be Nikki Stone, a Winter Olympics gold medalist in inverted aerial skiing who won gold after suffering a career-threatening, chronic spinal injury 18 months earlier.

Tickets are $75 each.

Tables of 10 are available for $750 and a limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For tickets or more information, call 860-355-2223 or visit