Darien Residents Honored at The Community Fund of Darien’s  43rd Annual Volunteer Celebration

Thirty-three Darien residents were honored for their contributions in and around the town at The Community Fund of Darien’s 43rd Annual Volunteer celebration, held on April 21st at the DCA. 

Janet King, TCF’s Executive Director, welcomed the more than 140 guests and Darien’s First Selectman Monica McNally recognized the honorees with a proclamation to signal the importance of volunteering. Ned Saunders of Brown, Stevens, Harris and Kristina Gregory of Cross Private Insurance then presented each of the “unsung heroes” and their accomplishments to the audience. Friends and family enjoyed the post-ceremony reception with light fare provided by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events.

“TCF’s volunteer celebration is my favorite night of the year!” enthused King.  “We were so excited to invite the entire town to come out and publicly acknowledge these amazing Darien residents who donate their considerable skills to benefit our local community.”  

Since 1979, The Community Fund of Darien has recognized more than 600 Darien residents who selflessly give of their time and talent.

Individual profiles of each honoree are available to view at www.communityfunddarien.org. This year’s honorees are:

Outstanding Emerging Volunteer

Lucy Brennan Open Doors

Hannah P. Gunn Child Guidance Center of Southern CT

Alexis Lyons Darien 2020 Bicentennial Committee

Outstanding Adult Volunteer

Diane Boston The Mather Homestead Foundation

Michael Cattano Darien YMCA

Carolyn Cavolo Darien Arts Center

Elizabeth FitzPatrick Building One Community

Kristine Gould A Better Chance In Darien

Kerrie Kelley Darien Foundation

Bob Marchesi Star

Laura Mosher Darien Book Aid
Rita McKenna Olson Family and Children's Agency

Ann Reed Town of Darien

Deepika Saksena Darien Nature Center

Amy Sarbinowski Darien Land Trust

Kathleen Sartorius Family Centers

Shannon Silsby Darien 2020 Bicentennial Committee

Jenny Tarleton The Depot Youth Center

Natasha Tomai Boys & Girls Club of Stamford

Terrie Van de Graaf Darien Community Association

Mary Beth Wright The Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Outstanding Senior Volunteer

Cathy Heyne Family Centers

Michael LeMoult At Home In Darien

Al Miller Museum of Darien

Donn Smith The Mather Homestead Foundation

Alec Wiggin Future Five

Outstanding Volunteer Duo

Jessica Cahill and Celeste Marsh The Community Fund of Darien

Joan and Paul Ellis Person-to-Person

Outstanding Volunteer Team

The Strategy Group Kids In Crisis

 - Karen Brennan, Debra W. Hertz and Sarah Neuman

The Community Fund of Darien (TCF) inspires people and mobilizes resources to strengthen our community.  Its vision is for all community members to have the opportunity to reach their full potential as healthy, educated, and self-sufficient individuals.  TCF initiates solutions, builds collaborations, and implements and supports programs to strengthen youth, adults and families for lasting and positive impact in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford.  Since its founding in 1951, TCF has distributed over $20 million to local nonprofit organizations and community initiatives.  More information can be found at www.communityfunddarien.org

Submitted by Darien, CT

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