Waveny House

was transformed by performers and festively-dressed partygoers Oct. 27, as the Young Women’s League of New Canaan hosted Cirque Noir. Over $20,000 was raised as attendees were dazzled by acrobats, dancers and mentalists.

The featured beneficiary was CIRI (Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants), which provides high-quality legal, social and educational programming to asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking. The YWL grant will support the Survivor Services program, which directly benefits those who have suffered torture, human trafficking, and other human rights violations.

The rest of money raised went into the YLW’s Giving Fund to be distributed next year.

Sponsors of this event include New Country Porsche of Greenwich, Ashley Howell Petraska of Berkshire Hathaway, Go Figure Barre Studios, Peter Suchy Jewelers, Jaafar Tazi Salon, Jennifer Anderson Design + Development, and Mitchells.

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the New Canaan Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) began accepting named and endowed scholarships, established in honor of an individual, group, organization or business.

In only one year, NCSF received 15 new named and endowed scholarships, to add to its founding scholarships, The Henry S. Coleman Endowed Scholarship, in honor of NCSF founder Henry Coleman, and the Bradley J. Fetchet 9/11 Memorial Foundation Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Bradley Fetchet, a New Canaan High School (NCHS) graduate who perished in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

The new scholarships:

The John Leslie Endowed Scholarship, in honor of John Leslie, a member of the class of 2012 who died in August 2007.

The Peter Myers Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Peter Myers, who died in 1972 prior to graduating with his class in June 1973.

The Martha Gaines Wehrle Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Martha Gaines Werhle, who pioneered a path for women in state politics and showed her family each and every day the power and importance of leadership, education, and hard work.

The Ben Young Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Ben Young, a beloved Saxe Middle School teacher and NCHS boys tennis coach.

The Briar Foundation Endowed Scholarship, meant to help a deserving NCHS graduate who relies on financial aid to assist with college expenses.

The Kelsey Durkin Endowed Scholarship, in honor of Kelsey Durkin, a NCHS graduate of the class of 2010 whose life was cut short by a drunk driver while she was a student at Washington and Lee University.

The Jack and Jennifer Murphy Endowed Scholarship.

The Class of 1977 Endowed Scholarship, in memory of their classmates who have passed away since graduation. This scholarship is accepting ongoing donations.

The Myledred F. Marcely Scholarship Fund, in honor of Myledred F. Marcely, a former ceramics teacher at NCHS in the building that is now known as Saxe Middle School.

The Bigger, Not Smaller Scholarship, founded by Preston and Kim Bealle in honor of their friend Claire O’Hare.

The Cioffi Family Scholarship, to assist a student who has demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the inclusion of all students within the high school setting but, in particular, those who have special needs.

The Seelert Family Scholarship.

Caffeine and Carburetors Scholarship.

Administrators Association Scholarship.

The Culpepper Family Scholarship

As college tuitions continue to increase, there is a significant need for scholarship funding within New Canaan. The cost of education is accelerating and the needs of all applicants cannot be fully met. In 2017, NCSF received over 60 applications. Of these, the NCSF awarded 54 students a total of $83,500, or less than $2,000 each.

It is the goal of NCSF to continue to increase fundraising in order to ensure that the foundation can provide aid to every deserving applicant and increase the amount of each scholarship.

NCSF’s endowment currently totals $192,000, or approximately $800,000 less than the endowment in neighboring towns. The goal is to raise over $1,000,000 in order to grow their endowment and have ample funds under management to further assist students in need.

Donations can be made at different levels:

Tassel Award, $500 per year for four years

Cap & Gown Award, $1,000 per year for four years

Diploma Award, $2,500 per year for four years

Valedictorian Award, $5,000 per year for four years

50th Anniversary Award, a $10,000 one-time award

Named Endowed Awards, totaling $22,500 or more, designed to last in perpetuity or for a designated period of time.

General scholarship donations in any amount.

Donations can be made online at nchs-sf.org or by mail at NCHS Scholarship Foundation, New Canaan High School, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan, CT 06840. Make checks payable to New Canaan High School Scholarship Foundation.

New Canaan Country School’s fifth and sixth grades headed to a theater in downtown Wilton recently to see one of the first showings of ‘Wonder,’ a movie based on the bestselling young adult novel by R.J. Palacio.

Wonder tells the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The movie presents themes of kindness, friendship and acceptance.

The Middle School first read ‘Wonder’ when it came out five years ago, and it has been a choice book for the summer reading for the past several years. Through book discussions, students have explored their own identities and what it means to be a good friend.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school for students in pre-K through ninth grade.

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently-used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes to benefit the those in need through Dec. 31.

Through Dec. 6, the bank is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. All donations will be distributed to kids and families in need throughout Fairfield County as part of Inspirica’s holiday gift collection.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words.”

The exhibit will run from Jan. 29 to May 11 at the gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk.

Every picture tells a story — it can communicate to anyone in the world a complex idea with just a single image, no translation needed. The Maritime Garage Gallery is seeking work that captures how the artist would communicate their stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. into works of art. The exhibit will be curated by Nadia Martinez.