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thanked its many supporters at its annual donor recognition reception on Oct. 24.
Longtime donors Carol and George Bauer of The Bauer Foundation, Legacy Society member Jim Bach, and community leaders Linda and Jay Twombly were honored for their generous support and commitment to Waveny.
Waveny CEO William Piper opened the evening by acknowledging everyone for their generosity, which helps to ensure the quality of care Waveny is best known for and that Waveny will remain in the future.
Jay Twombly is a longtime Waveny board member — acting as chairman from 2012-13 — and served in many leadership capacities. Linda Twombly has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for over 20 years, visiting Waveny frequently. The Twomblys have been longtime sponsors of “Swinging for Seniors,” Waveny’s annual golf and tennis fundraiser.
Carol and George Bauer of The Bauer Foundation were also honored. The Bauer Foundation was founded in 1989 as a vehicle to make charitable donations and get their three children involved in family philanthropy.
The Bauers believe in investing time, as well as making charitable donations to the causes they care about, and Waveny has benefitted from their gifts of time, talent and treasure. George Bauer has served as a board member and Carol Bauer is a longtime volunteer and currently plays the piano for Waveny’s weekly spiritual service program.
Jim Bach was recognized as a Legacy Society member who has included Waveny in his planned giving through his will. Bach’s mother was one of the first patients at Waveny shortly after it opened in 1975 and subsequently, both his father and his wife, Vona Bach, were patients as well. Vona Bach was also a dedicated volunteer for years.
The Bachs have been longtime supporters of the organization’s fundraising efforts, helping to ensure that other families could benefit from Waveny’s care.
Based in New Canaan, Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of health care to meet the needs of older adults.
LiveGirl hosted a “Be Brave” girl empowerment leadership summit at Grace Farms on Nov. 7 that brought together 85 middle school girls from across Fairfield County.
The Election Day summit featured two keynote speakers: Heather Cabot, author of bestseller “Geek Girl Rising,” and Sarah Edwards, a drag racer.
LiveGirl is a New Canaan-based nonprofit that provides year-round leadership development and mentoring for middle school girls in Fairfield County.
Marines and their guests gathered at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 10.
In keeping with Marine Corps tradition, Col. Mike Di Scipio, of New Canaan, used his Mameluke sword to cut and serve the first pieces of birthday cake to Vito Ottaviano and Ted Garbera, the oldest and youngest Marines at the luncheon.
Colin Campbell of New Canaan, Tim Huff of Stamford, George Brakeley of New Canaan and John McKay of South Salem, N.Y. also took part in the ceremony.
Proceeds of the event go to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit that grants education tuition to former Marines and dependents of Marines on the basis of merit and need.
Author Ann Malaspina, an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens, gave Lower School students tips on tapping into characters’ authentic stories during a visit to New Canaan Country School Nov. 2.
Malaspina gave first- through fourth-grade students a peek inside her writer’s toolkit, which includes a notebook, camera, audio recorder, library card, passport and a small container of cinnamon, which reminds her to “spice up” her stories.
She told them of the places she has traveled in order to research the subjects of her many biographies, including to India to learn about Mahatma Gandhi, to Hawaii for a book on tsunamis, and to Rochester, N.Y. to research women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony for her book, “Heart on Fire.”
She also talked about her book, “Touch the Sky,” a biography of Olympic high jumper Alice Coachman, which fourth-graders had recently studied.
Lower School students are exploring their own authentic writer’s voices through the new Lucy Calkin’s Writer’s Workshop curriculum, which was piloted last school year and is being fully implemented this year.
New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school for students in pre-K through ninth grade.
The Summer Theatre of New Canaan will hold a special benefit concert — The Great American Songbook — on Saturday at the KARL Chevrolet showroom in New Canaan.
The theater company is turning KARL Chevrolet’s showroom on Elm Street into a theater for the evening and will feature its summer stars from past musicals. For the past seven years, KARL Chevrolet has been a sponsor of the Summer Theatre.
The evening will include the classic hit songs from America’s legendary composers including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.
Summer Theatre stars performing include New Canaan residents Kate Simone (Legally Blonde, Big River) and Allison Gray (Sound of Music, Camelot), Westport’s Chris DeRosa (Joseph), New York City resident Daniel Klein (South Pacific), Weston’s Jodi Stevens (Singin’ in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and Norwalk’s Richard Weidlich (Camelot, The Music Man).
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert reception including drinks and dessert, followed by the concert at 8 p.m. A live auction at intermission will offer hard-to-get Broadway tickets and backstage tours, among other items.
Proceeds go to support the company’s award-winning education programs and their TYA (theatre for a young audience) school touring program.
For tickets, visit the STONC.org or call 203-966-4634.
The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.
A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Nov. 18, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cesar A. Batalla School, 606 Howard Ave.
Nov. 22, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Public Schools Central Office, 501 Kings Highway
Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 545 Stratfield Road
Nov. 22, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road
Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St.
Nov. 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave.
Nov. 28, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Norwalk City Hall, East Ave.
Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive
Nov. 25, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.
By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time — and more holidays — with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.
The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.
Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.
Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.
To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-517-3346.