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Boys & Girls Village Fundraiser In Fairfield County Raises $200,000

Dr. Steven M. Kant, M.D., president and CEO of Boys & Girls Village, speaks at a recent fundraiser. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Capitol Photointeractive
Boys & Girls Village Board Vice Chair Joseph Tramuta, left, with Jeff Raucci, co-owner of presenting sponsor, Bismark Construction. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Capitol Photointeractive
From left to right, Boys & Girls Village Board Vice Chair Joseph Tramuta with his wife, Meg, and Board Member Gale Billingsley with her husband, Mark Krueger, owner of Xpozur Gallery. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Capitol Photointeractive
From left, Mary Jascha and James Bardon of Newtown Savings Bank with an entertainer. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Capitol Photointeractive
Special guest Chaz, from WPLR’s Chaz and AJ in the Morning Show at the inaugural fundraiser of Boys & Girls Village. Chaz expressed his gratitude for the work that the 76-year-old organization does across the state. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Capitol Photointeractive
Boys & Girls Village client Theresa shares her story of success, crediting help provided by the organization at its first fundraising event, which raised nearly $200,000. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Capitol Photointeractive

Boys & Girls Village hosted its inaugural “Compass To Success” Fundraiser on Thursday, June 7.

The BGV event raised nearly $200,000 to support at-risk children and families throughout the state who often have histories of abuse or neglect, and are in need of behavioral health, educational and/or family reunification services.

More than 150 of the community’s most philanthropic residents and business leaders enjoyed a lively evening of mingling, listening to inspiring student speakers and competing for auction prizes while taking in the breathtaking views of Black Rock Yacht Club.

Steven di Costanzo, general manager for independent radio station WPKN, served as emcee for the event and Bridgeport’s Source Coffeehouse provided coffee drinks to cap the evening festivities.

Chaz, from WPLR’s Chaz and AJ in the Morning Show , said, “I don’t want to think what the kids’ lives would be like across the state of Connecticut without this organization.”

WPLR sponsors an annual holiday toy drive, with children served by Boys & Girls Village among the recipients. “If we don’t get toys to those kids from the toy drive, they might not get any presents,” Chaz said.

Dr. Steven M. Kant, M.D., president and CEO of Boys & Girls Village, said, “We rely 100 percent on the goodwill of the community, and a little help at just the right time makes all the difference for these children.”

Funds raised included matching funds provided by The Village Foundation, Inc. Proceeds from this event support services provided by Boys & Girls Village, including behavioral health, educational and permanency planning for at-risk youth and their families.

Since its founding 76 years ago, Boys & Girls Village has helped about 30,000 children and families from 50 Connecticut communities. For more details, click here: www.bgvillage.org.

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