Thank you to everyone who supported A Taste of Fairfield County, held Nov. 13 at Aitoro in Norwalk. The event was a huge success for Family & Children’s Agency and the After School Program. Special thanks to our Junior Board of Directors for all their hard work!
The After School Program is once again lucky enough to have the Rowayton Arts Center fund a six-week art program. In addition to art expression, students will learn how to be art docents to describe their work to the public. Please join us in supporting the After School Program students for the Expressive Arts Class gallery opening!
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, a free mental health screening will be offered at Family & Children’s Agency’s 140 Water St. location in Norwalk from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event is part of a mental health screening series sponsored by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, Inc. throughout the month of October in conjunction with National Depression Screening Day. Screenings are offered free of charge and are open to the public.
“These free events are designed to raise awareness of the importance of regular health checkups, promote early detections, and provide materials that support wellness,” said Margaret Watt, Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, Inc.
Information will be provided on a variety of mental wellness areas including stress management, sleep hygiene, mood-boosting foods, resilience and mindfulness. Visitors will take a free mental wellness screening and then chat about the results with a clinician and get a referral, if needed. Healthy snacks and activities will also be provided. In addition to mental health screenings, the Norwalk Community Health Center mobile bus will also be available on site and open for the public.
Another year, another great Minks to Sinks sale! Thank you to all who donated, consigned, volunteered and shopped this past week!
Minks to Sinks, often referred to as the greatest treasure hunt in town, will kick off its fall sale this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the corner of Danbury Road (Route 7) and School Road in Wilton. An auxiliary of Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), Minks to Sinks holds two tag sales per year offering an incredible variety of clothing, furniture, kitchen items, art, books, athletic equipment, toys and more. Proceeds from each sale benefit FCA.
Minks to Sinks has its roots in Wilton, having taken place since 1931. Today, the sale brings out nearly 200 volunteers from the Wilton community, many of whom have been involved in Minks to Sinks for over 30 years. During the semi-annual sale, volunteers work tirelessly to price, ticket, organize and display the thousands of items that are donated or consigned for the sale. Volunteers don the trademark red, white and blue striped aprons.
“Family & Children’s Agency’s relationship with Minks to Sinks dates back as far as the 1950s. In that time period, Minks to Sinks has donated roughly $2.9 million to FCA,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “We are grateful each year for their wonderful work.”
Minks to Sinks sale hours are:
Saturday, Oct. 4th: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5th: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6th : 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday and Monday dates are half-priced bargain days, with all items for sale at 50 percent off the marked price. On Monday, all shoppers may fill a bag with any merchandise at the sale for only $7.
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.
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.
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:
Thank you to all who supported Men Who Cook! It was a wonderful day to taste delicious views, watch the Bluefish and support FCA!
All smiles from the FCA team!
Great afternoon for a ball game.
A glimpse of the FCA suite!
Deep fried Oreos… enough said.
Thank to all who participated!
[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.
“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 www.BridgeportBluefish.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.”
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