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Family & Children’s Agency’s Golf & Tennis Classic a Great Success

More than $100,000 was raised at Family & Children’s Agency’s (FCA) annual Golf & Tennis Classic, held Sep. 8, 2014 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. Mark Brown, of Wilton, and Jamie Bergin, of Darien, chaired the golf tournament, while Stephanie Mercado and Mary Cahill, both of Wilton, chaired the tennis portion of the event.

“The Golf & Tennis Classic continues to be a tremendous success each year for Family & Children’s Agency,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “We are so grateful to our sponsors and players who supported the event this year. We are proud to say that 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to helping clients.”

Corporate sponsors, participants and donors for the golf outing included Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Bloomberg Tradebook, cg42, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Hillhead Capital Inc., The Hour Publishing Company, HSBC, Idelle Labs, Jefferies, KCG Hotspot, Maplewood Senior Living, McMahon Ford of Norwalk, MJP Wealth Advisors, Morgan Stanley, Nomura Securities International, Inc., People’s United Bank, RBS, Stein|Troost architecture, UBS, Weeden & Co. LP and Xerox Corporation. Individual sponsors and donors included Deanna and Jamie Bergin, Tammy and Mark Brown, Jill and Alex Dimitrief, Jay and Mark Lux, Kathleen and Peter Murphy, Barbara and William O. Murphy, and Friends of Family & Children’s Agency.


Annual School Supply Collection Held for Family & Children’s Agency Clients

As the summer comes to an end and the new school year begins, students throughout Fairfield County are buying back to school supplies. While this is considered a yearly rite of passage for many, items such as pencils, notebooks and backpacks can pose a financial burden for some families. This year, FactSet Research Systems, the McElveen family, Rachel Schiavone, the Sciarretta and Lord families of Wilton, the Service League of Boys (SLOBs) of New Canaan, St. Patrick’s Church of ReddingTauck World of Giving and the United Church of Rowayton are all donating school supplies for FCA clients.

150 backpacks were collected from local donors for FCA clients!

150 backpacks were collected from local donors for FCA clients!

“Family & Children’s Agency is so grateful to our supporters who donate back to school supplies for clients each fall,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “School supplies are essential for academic success, and these donations will mean so much to the students and families receiving them.”

This is Rachel Schiavone’s first year donating school supplies in honor of their friend Victoria Soto, a teacher who was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy. Both the Service League of Boys of New Canaan and the Sciarretta and Lord families of Wilton are in their seventh year of donating back to school supplies. The “Tools for School” drive, conducted by the Wilton families, collects backpacks filled with supplies, which are given to sixth grade students in the After School Program. The tradition began when one student in the family began to collect school supplies in lieu of birthday presents seven years ago. In its third year, FactSet Research Systems had a “giving tree” with over 100 request tags for employees to take.

Host Your Next Event with FCA at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard!

Rent Family & Children’s Agency’s suite at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard to watch the the Bridgeport Bluefish! Enjoy all the action of the game with the perks of a private party! Bluefish 5


You will receive a discount on the retail price of the suite, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit FCA. (Suite accommodates 25 people.)

To learn more, contact Sophie Neumann, Development Associate, at or (203) 855-8765. Visit for the full game schedule.



Thanks to the generosity of both the Greenshields family and the Knights of Columbus, many of the Agency’s program clients have been able to enjoy a day a the ballpark in FCA’s suite to watch the Bridgeport Bluefish. See pictures below:

Family & Children’s Agency Teams Up with the Bridgeport Bluefish for “Men Who Cook”

Thank you to all who supported Men Who Cook! It was a wonderful day to taste delicious views, watch the Bluefish and support FCA!


[Original post: July 21, 2014] Men from the greater Fairfield County area will be donning aprons and putting their kitchen skills to the test on Sunday, July 27 for “Men Who Cook,” hosted by the Bridgeport Bluefish to benefit Family & Children’s Agency (FCA). Tickets to Men Who Cook are $45 and include entry to the game and VIP suite access at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard to sample food from various local chefs and restaurants. The event will take place during game one of the day-night doubleheader against the Long Island Ducks at 1 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds will benefit FCA.Bluefish 6

“FCA is thrilled to team up with the Bridgeport Bluefish for Men Who Cook,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “Men Who Cook is a unique, family-friendly opportunity to take in a ballgame and support a local cause. FCA is grateful to have the Bridgeport Bluefish as a newfound supporter and friend of the Agency.”

“Men Who Cook is another new and exciting event for the Bridgeport Bluefish. We are pleased FCA is our partner,” said Bluefish General Manager Ken Shepard.

FCA’s newfound partnership with the Bridgeport Bluefish began earlier this season when the Agency “adopted” a suite, which has provided opportunities for both clients and donors to enjoy games with the convenience and comfort of a suite.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Men Who Cook, call (203) 210-BLUE (2583) or visit and include the promotional code: FCA. The Bridgeport Bluefish are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

To learn more about hosting your friends and family at FCA’s Bridgeport Bluefish suite this season, contact Janina Serrao, Director of Development, at (203) 855-8765 or email

Family & Children’s Agency and Norwalk Community College Receive Campus-Community Partnership Award

Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) and Norwalk Community College (NCC) were recently honored with the Campus-Community Partnership Award by the Connecticut Campus Compact (CTCC) for their longstanding partnership supporting FCA’s After School Program. Compact award 1

The After School Program, which serves 50 Norwalk middle school youth throughout the school year and summer, is located on the NCC campus. Students in the After School Program potentially face multiple barriers to academic success, and the Program includes enrichment activities, mentoring services, helps promote character development, reinforces executive functioning skills and prepares students for a successful transition into high school. The Program now includes an Alumni Component, which supports previous students throughout high school and prepares them for college.

“FCA’s partnership with NCC is unique in that it allows these youth to have the opportunity to be exposed to what it’s like on a college campus and use all the resources available there,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with NCC and for being recognized by CTCC.”

Since its inception in 2004, the program has doubled in size and many former After School Program students now attend NCC.

“It is an honor for Norwalk Community College’s partnership with Family & Children’s Agency to be recognized by our peers in the Connecticut Campus Compact as an exemplar of college and community engagement,” said Dr. Pamela Edington, NCC Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. “This partnership is so powerful because it is supporting multiple generations of students in achieving their educational goals. “Middle school students benefit from their location on a college campus while being supported in their academic and social development. NCC students have the opportunity to act as role models for younger students while learning how to apply college-level material in a real-world setting. By leveraging each organization’s strengths, it’s a win for everyone–students, NCC, FCA and the community at-large!”

In addition to the After School Program, FCA and NCC have also collaborated to provide free, short-term counseling for NCC students who are experiencing challenges in their lives. FCA’s highly trained social work staff is available to help students through times of crisis, transition and individual issues.

CTCC is a statewide program based on the Fairfield University campus that promotes improving community life and social responsibility.

Click this link to view a video of the After School Program in action at NCC, courtesy of CTCC:

Thank You to All Who Supported IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway!

IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway was a great success! Our deepest thanks to our dedicated co-chairs, talented committee, tireless volunteers, generous sponsors and dear friends of the Agency who supported this event. 


View pictures from the evening:


It’s opening night, the velvet rope is lined with photographers, and the marquee is shining just a bit brighter. You look up and in big, bold letters it reads, “IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway.”IMAGINE Moffly Ad

The curtain rises on May 17 for Family & Children’s Agency’s annual Benefit, which will pay homage to New York City’s celebrated theater district. Spare yourself the hustle and bustle of 42nd St. and join us for an evening of dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions.

IMAGINE 2014 is sure to be a night of critical acclaim. We hope you’ll join us.

IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway
Woodway Country Club, 540 Hoyt Street, Darien, CT, 06820

Saturday, May 17, 2014
6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
8:00 p.m. Dinner, Dancing, Live Auction

Black Tie Optional


Learn more about unique sponsorship opportunities, donating an auction item, advertising in the Benefit program or purchasing tickets.

Weston Women’s League Hosts Annual Baby Shower for New Moms

With Mother’s Day around the corner, the timing of the Weston Women’s League’s Annual Baby Shower for new and expecting mothers could not have been more fitting. Held on May 1 at Christ Church in Norwalk, approximately 25 mothers in websiteFamily & Children’s Agency’s (FCA) Family Support & Prevention program were treated to a luncheon and received gifts, such as clothing, diapers, toys and baby essentials. This is the Weston Women’s League’s sixth year hosting the baby shower.

“FCA is so thankful for the tremendous effort put forth by the Weston’s Women’s League year after year in planning this event,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “This is a wonderful celebration for these women, many of whom would not have the opportunity for a baby shower otherwise.”

“This day is a lovely celebration for these women about becoming a parent,” said Mary Kate Locke, Director of Prevention, Adoption and Youth Development at FCA.

Family Support & Prevention services at Family & Children’s Agency provides support and guidance to parents and their young children through the Nurturing Family Network, Fatherhood Initiative, Maternal Outreach and Mentoring Service (MOMS) program, Healthy Start and Child FIRST. The program’s trained staff educates parents so they can build a strong foundation for their family’s growth. All programs are offered free of charge in English and Spanish to families in the Greater Norwalk area and are on a voluntary basis.

Thank you to Minks to Sinks for Another Successful Event!

Thank you to Minks to Sinks, Family & Children’s Agency’s auxiliary, for another successful event. We hope you all had a chance to visit the greatest tag sale in Fairfield County “under the tents” in Wilton. The next sale with be this October… stay tuned!


It’s that time of the year again! Minks to Sinks, Family & Children’s Agency’s auxiliary, will host its bi-annual Spring tag sale this weekend, May 3-5.

Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday May 4, 12-4 p.m.

Monday, May 5 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The sale is located under the tents at 395 Danbury Road at the intersection of Route 7 and School Road in Wilton.

Minks to Sinks is a bi-annual tag sale rooted in the town of Wilton’s history since 1931. The sale, which garnered its name from the variety of items donated including minks and sinks, has since grown to staff more than 160 volunteers of all ages from the Wilton community and beyond. Rain or shine, the sale occurs each spring and fall “under the tents” at the intersection of Route 7 and School Road in Wilton. Volunteers may be found donning their trademarked red, white, and blue striped aprons. All proceeds will benefit Family & Children’s Agency.

For more information, please visit

Foster Care youth take a weekend visit to Camp Jewell

Overnights at camp, whether for a weekend or the summer, are normalizing parts of childhood for so many of us. It’s a chance to explore, laugh, play, grow and learn with new friends. Whether you loved it or hated it, for a short imagesperiod of time you were taken out of your element and came out knowing more about yourself and others. Youth in the foster care system more often than not never have a chance to experience these opportunities. On Feb. 21, however, 24 adolescents, and their dedicated FCA staff and parent volunteers, were taken to Camp Jewell in Colebrook, Conn. for a weekend that was nothing less than extraordinary.

Although this winter has been especially brutal, it did not hinder the fun to be had at Camp Jewell. The youth participated in a range of activities including snow tubing, rope climbing, rock climbing and broom ball on ice. The youth dined together, participated in team-building exercises, had a dance party and huddled together in sleeping bags for a scary movie night. After all, what’s camp without a few ghost stories?

Moreover, these activities allowed the youth to enhance such skills as problem solving, conflict resolution, team building, public speaking and strategizing.

“It was wonderful being able to watch the youth build positive relationships with their peers, learn to appreciate the difference in others while building confidence and self-esteem about the young adults they are becoming,” said Janeen Reid, Specialized Foster Care Adolescent Services Supervisor. “Youth in foster care need to be able to feel and experience normality like other youth, and our Adolescent Programming unit is committed to doing just that.”

Click here to learn more about Specialized Foster Care at Family & Children’s Agency.

Minks to Sinks Gives its largest donation in the auxiliary’s history to Family & Children’s Agency

Minks to Sinks, the Wilton Auxiliary of Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), gave its largest donation in the auxiliary’s history to FCA at its annual kick-off meeting, held Jan. 29 at Trackside in Wilton. The auxiliary organization,

From left to right, outgoing 2013 Minks to Sinks Chair Meg Campbell, outgoing 2013 Minks to Sinks Chair and FCA Board of Directors member Trish Weber, Minks to Sinks Treasurer Yolanda Bonomo, FCA President & CEO Robert F. Cashel and FCA Board Chairman Julene Greenshields.

From left to right, outgoing 2013 Minks to Sinks Chair Meg Campbell, outgoing 2013 Minks to Sinks Chair and FCA Board of Directors member Trish Weber, Minks to Sinks Treasurer Yolanda Bonomo, FCA President & CEO Robert F. Cashel and FCA Board Chairman Julene Greenshields.

which has been in existence since 1931, has a longstanding tradition of supporting FCA. Meg Campbell and Trish Weber, outgoing chairs of Minks to Sinks, presented the donation of $100,000 to FCA President & CEO Robert F. Cashel at the organization’s annual meeting. Including this gift, Minks to Sinks has donated $120,000 to FCA this fiscal year.

Minks to Sinks hosts two semiannual tag sales in May and in October each year in Wilton. The event has taken place since 1931, and the name was derived in 1952 when one volunteer donated a mink, and another a sink. Volunteers donate a variety of household items, clothing, furniture, and toys for consignment. Today, the sales bring out nearly 200 volunteers from the community, many of whom have been involved in Minks to Sinks for over 30 years. The sales are held at the intersection of Route 7 and School Road in Wilton under the tents, and volunteers can be found wearing the red, white, and blue striped aprons.

“FCA would like to thank Minks to Sinks for their recent donation and their hard work yearlong to support the Agency’s work with the more than 10,000 children, families, youth, adults and seniors we help each year,” said Robert F. Cashel. “

The next Minks to Sinks sale will be held May 2-4, 2014. To learn more about Minks to Sinks, visit

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