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Monday, November 20 News

Community Buzz: Fundraising by rappelling, Off to college...

On Oct. 7, New Canaan residents Karl and Andrea Reinhardt helped lead Team E to the top fundraising position of all participating teams in the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel event at Harbor Point in Stamford.

Also contributing to Team E’s showing was Kim Hyde and Andrew Hyde, of Rowayton, and Cappy Waters, of Darien. Team E is named in loving memory of Evan “E” Reinhardt, a 2009 graduate of New Canaan High School who died in July 2015 to a drug overdose.

The rappelling event generated over $125,000 in support of Shatterproof’s initiatives to raise awareness and funds to fight addiction.

Following the descent of 65 rappellers 22 stories down the side of the Beacon Harbor Point building in Stamford, supporters and onlookers listened to brief remarks from both Shatterproof Founder Gary Mendell and Stamford Mayor David Martin.

The Challenge Rappel in Stamford was Shatterproof’s 51th and last rappelling event, as the organization is pivoting to larger-format 5K run/walks in New York City, Boston and elsewhere.

Two New Canaan natives are members of the Loyola University Maryland class of 2021. The following local students are Loyola’s newest greyhounds: Will Ferguson and Meghan O’Hora.

Soprano Jennifer Gliere, a descendent of Russian composer Reinhold Gliere, will be presenting works by Bach, Debussy, Weill, and her ancestor at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, 178 Oenoke Ridge Road, on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Gliere will be accompanied by pianist Christopher Fecteau.

Admission is $20 for adults, children 18 and under are free. Donations exceeding the $20 admission will go towards Presbyterian Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico.

Following the concert will be an Autumn Harvest Ice Breaker event with wine, food and a bonfire.

East School is hosting its annual Fall Fair Spooktacular, sponsored by the East School PTC, on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at 54 Little Brook Road.

This is the elementary school’s largest fundraising effort. Funds raised will allow East School to pursue updates to its cafetorium area including the sound system and lunch tables, as well as new recess equipment.

There will be activities for all ages including carnival-style games, inflatables, a Hospital of Horrors and a fun house. Other favorites include face painting, mini golf, arts and crafts and the cake walk.

A silent auction will feature donations by East School teachers, parents and the New Canaan community.

For hungry attendees, there will be lunch offerings and bake sale.

Admission is open to all and held rain or shine. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, visit ncps-k12.org/east.

In keeping with Webster Bank’s philanthropic goals to support and partner with organizations that “serve the best interests of our communities, while providing basic necessities that ensure individuals have the opportunity to live with dignity and pursue their dreams,” the company awarded a $3,000 grant to Person-to-Person for the Emergency Assistance Program.

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Through the program, people in crisis receive assistance that helps them put food on the table, secure safe housing, keep the lights on and clothe their family.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the P2P service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

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 sheila.figueroa@childguidancect.org or 203-517-3346.

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