The Board of Directors of the Outback, New Canaan's Teen Center, has exceeded its own participation goal with gifts and pledges for the 2011-2012 annual appeal. To demonstrate leadership, the Outback Board has significantly increased its overall contribution this year to the annual fundraising effort.

"With 100 percent participation and gifts totaling twice the amount we asked of the board, we hope to inspire New Canaan residents once again to support this unique facility for the young people in our community," Christina Fagerstal, board president, said. "After 10 years, the Outback has become a town fixture, providing programs and services for our young citizens in grades 5 - 12. We continue to touch the lives of many students through fun social activities, enrichment programs and community service opportunities," observed "Annual Appeal funds support operations, including professional staffing for our many activities and events and maintenance of the building. We are thrilled to have a new leadership team in place and are working hard to provide them the funds with which to develop programs and manage the facility. Outback Board members are committed to offering positive social alternatives and leadership learning experiences for New Canaan's youth."

Since the beginning of the school year, the Outback has delivered more than 40 new programs and activities in addition to its traditional dances and band nights. The middle school social events including holiday cookie decorating, seventh and eighth grade Halloween and snowball dances, and fifth and sixth grade back to school and Holiday Grab Bag parties have been particularly well received.

High school students continue to rally around community service efforts, whether the current winter coat drive at the Outback or in support of organizations such as Person to Person, Kids Helping Kids and Free the Children. Community outreach efforts have been directed to families in town, including: hundreds of the younger children participated in the impromptu Halloween Trick or Treat following the snow storm, the November family night with Bingo sponsored by First County Bank, and more recently, the photos with Santa event. Many of the community service and outreach efforts are initiated and manned by members of the Student Governing Board.

"With a $280,000 budget and over 85 percent of funding coming from private sources, the Outback relies on the generosity of the community to meet its annual goals. Every gift, regardless of size, makes a difference," Fagerstal said. "We hope that the young of heart will help us achieve this year's target. A well-funded teen center will be a strong teen center."

The Outback, New Canaan's Teen Center, is dedicated to providing a positive and enriching environment in New Canaan where teens are able to relax, socialize, participate in self-directed activities and have the opportunity to contribute to the community. For more information on the Outback or to donate online, visit www.ncotubacktc.com, www.facebook.com/OutbackTCor call the First County Bank Sponsored hotline at 203-594-3074.

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