Mange! Eat to Raise Money for United Way Greenwich!
You can eat for a good cause now through Sunday, May 22nd, at two popular downtown Greenwich restaurants -- Terra & Mediterraneo -- in support of United Way Greenwich by hosting a “Week of Caring.” Proceeds from people dining at these establishments during the week will benefit the work of the nonprofit charity.
Ramze Zakka, owner of both Terra and Mediterraneo has hosted this “Week of Caring” for the past six years, and has raised almost $12,000 for the Greenwich United Way.
“We are grateful for the continued support of Mr. Zakka and the staff at his restaurants, and proud to partner with them during this special fundraising effort,” said Amanda Davis, who heads the 2011-2012 United Way Campaign along with her husband Bob.
Terra is at 156 Greenwich Ave. and Mediterraneo is at 366 Greenwich Ave. Executive Chef Albert DeAngelis prepares wood-fired pizzas, pastas, meats, poultry, and seafood dishes. For reservations, call Terra at (203) 629-5222 or Mediterraneo at (203) 629-4747.
Whitby School’s Benefit - a Fun “Samba into Spring!” Celebration
NY Rangers Hall of Fame goalie and Whitby Parent Mike Richter emceed the Whitby School's successful Spring Benefit last month at The Italian Center in Stamford.
The Gala’s theme “Samba into Spring!”celebrated the Whitby Community’s tireless dedication in supporting the school’s excellent educational offerings. Funds were raised for math and science curriculum enhancement, faculty professional development and a state-of-the-art student information system. The Whitby community also celebratee its one-year anniversary as an accredited International Baccalaureate world school that builds on Whitby’s heritage as America’s flagship Montessori school.
The event was co-chaired by Whitby parents Melinda Andrade and Susan Geraci and attended by almost 400 Greenwich-area people. An auction featured many unique items including exclusive getaways ranging from an Africa safari to VIP tickets for a live broadcast of “Dancing with the Stars”.
Honored with the 2011 Service Recognition Award were long time Whitby parents and Greenwich residents, Jim and Pam Chapman.
Local Organizations Collect Children’s Items for Needy Families
Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, Family Centers and Greenwich Social Services, has partnered with Mothers for Others ns spearheading a month-long children’s donation drive for families in need.
Throughout the month of May, Mothers for Others will collect gently used baby gear, toys and children’s clothing. The items will be distributed to less fortunate families in the greater Greenwich area on May 21.
Donations may be dropped off at Second Congregational Church, 139 E. Putnam Ave. Mothers for Others also will offer a delivery service to pick-up donations.
Mothers for Others is a new organization dedicated to helping families get rid of “stuff” they no longer want while helping other families obtain the “stuff” they need but cannot afford. For more information, or to arrange an appointment to have donations picked up, contact Karen Giannuzzi at 203 253-2713 or e-mail Mothersforothers@yahoo.com.
Reaching independence with some help from professional friends
Last month, employees at Crane Co. gave five clients enrolled in Family Centers’ Reaching Independence Through Employment (RITE) program insight and helped strengthen the skills they need to land a job and succeed in the business world.
As part of the third annual Job Readiness Day, RITE program clients had the opportunity to tour the Crane Co. headquarters in Stamford, met with top executives and participated in resume evaluation, mock interview and job shadowing exercises with more than 50 Crane employees.
Since 2008, Crane Co. has helped the RITE program realize the self-sufficiency goals of low-income individuals and families. Through a grant from “The Crane Fund for Widows and Children,” Family Centers was able to bring the RITE program back to Stamford after a five-year hiatus.
In addition to improving participants’ job skills, the RITE program also offers regular educational enhancement opportunities, referral services, resume-writing and interview assistance, ESL/literacy classes and bilingual computer training. Since the RITE program began in 1996, it has helped thousands of people throughout Fairfield County find employment, improve their employability and achieve a greater sense of self-sufficiency.