From The Editor: Big Hearts
It’s that time of year again, our favorite season, in fact, as we get to pay tribute to extraordinary philanthropists and volunteers. On page 59, you’ll meet the recipients of our annual Light a Fire Awards. These honorees who hail from towns throughout Fairfield County are a unique group of people as they teach many of us what it really means to give.
Our honorees are affiliated with local nonprofits to which they commit their heads, hearts and checkbooks, all in an effort to help people they know, as well as strangers. Anyone who has done nonprofit work will tell you it requires intelligence and creativity to achieve lofty goals with low budgets and limited manpower. Yet our Light a Fire winners do it all with what seems like limitless energy, enterprise and spirit, and they speak only of the satisfaction they derive from helping to change lives. That’s a strong message to share as the holiday season begins.
Moffly Media will toast these local dynamos during an awards ceremony at the Westport Country Playhouse on November 7. We invite you to join us there to celebrate these special people, some of whom may be familiar to you as they live in our towns. Lyn Chivvis of New Canaan will be applauded for her work on the board of Staying Put, a group dedicated to helping seniors stay safe and comfortable in their own homes. And Steve and Jennifer Czech of New Canaan will be honored for starting a powerful grassroots nonprofit, The Mikey Czech Foundation, which raises money to fund research for pediatric brain tumors. In fact, the Czechs will host their own benefit—Rockin’ for the Cure—on November 16. Steve, who has been a Styx fan since back in the day, has recruited Dennis DeYoung to perform live for what promises to be a great event for an important cause. Put that one on your social calendar.
Speaking of social, there’s no shortage of parties at this time of year. With the gala season in full swing, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the benefits that made waves in the past twelve months. Then again, you may be one of the people tasked with the job of planning a party rather than attending one. If hosting duties are on the agenda, see our story on page 73. In “Easy Entertaining,” we ask Robin and Jeffrey Selden of Marcia Selden Catering for tips on how to pull together a great dinner gathering without pulling out your hair. Their advice will keep you sane as the busiest season gets underway. Enjoy the madness.