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YWL of New Canaan gives $10,000 to STAR

Published 2:40 pm, Monday, June 2, 2014
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The Young Women's League of New Canaan granted $10,000 to STAR Inc., Lighting the Way to support early intervention programs for babies from birth to age 3 offered by the Rubino Family Center.

The grant was presented to STAR -- one of four grant recipients that also included Build On, Inspirica and Filling in the Blanks -- at the league's annual meeting May 21 at Waveny House in New Canaan.

Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR, said, "We are extremely fortunate and grateful to be the recipient of this $10,000 grant from the Young Women's League of New Canaan. These funds will be used to provide important occupational, physical and speech therapies to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities in Fairfield County. Funding from generous groups like this allows us to deliver outcomes significantly above the state average. Indeed, almost one third of the children we work with attain their age appropriate developmental goals before entering traditional pre-school."

The grant was accepted by Peter Saverine, director of philanthropy at STAR.

One of the highlights of the evening included a performance by the Rubberband, STAR's musical performance group for adults with developmental disabilities, led by musically inclined STAR staff members Mark Minnock and Nancy Armstrong.

STAR will use the generous funding to offer additional customized and comprehensive therapies that include occupational, physical, speech/learning, as well for the replacement and augmentation of sensory stimuli teaching equipment and therapeutic toys/supplies that are part of their toy-lending library and designed to build and strengthen the developmental capacities of the child.

STAR Inc., Lighting the Way is a not-for-profit organization serving individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families.