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Imagine 2014: A Night on Broadway

A recap of the Darien for Family & Children’s Agency’s annual benefit

The curtain rose on Saturday, May 17 at Woodway Country Club in Darien for Family & Children’s Agency’s (FCA) annual benefit, IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway. This year’s theme channeled the bright lights of Broadway with the theatrical motif carried throughout the evening. The event’s Co-Chairs were FCA Board of Directors Chairman Julene Greensheilds of Wilton, Kristine Reddington Herlyn of Wilton, Dana Nickel of Wilton and Deanna Bergin of Darien.

“We are thrilled with the success of IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “The benefit is the Agency’s largest annual fundraiser, raising nearly $250,000, with 89 cents of every dollar donated going directly to supporting client services. We are grateful for our dedicated co-chairs, enthusiastic committee, and generous sponsors and donors for their support.”

Randye Kaye, renowned speaker, author and radio personality, returned as the Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the event. Music, including Broadway favorites, was provided by The 4 Chordsmen during cocktail hour and RSVP at dinner. The silent auction included over 60 packages, and the audience bid on five exciting live auction items: an evening at FCA’s Bridgeport Bluefish suite at Harbor Yard, a sunset yacht cruise, tickets to the 2015 Masters Tournament, a summer food truck party for 50 and a week-long trip to an exclusive, luxury resort in Belize.

At dinner, guests were reminded what the evening was truly about when they heard a presentation from a foster care adolescent, Jackie. Jackie’s dealt with a number of hurdles throughout her life and first became connected to FCA while living in a Therapeutic Foster home through the Agency’s Specialized Foster Care program. The FCA staff has worked with Jackie, and many of her peers, to successfully complete high school, learn important interfamilial skills and transition to college. Jackie graduated from high school this year and will begin at Norwalk Community College this fall. Her Educational Surrogate became licensed through FCA as a foster parent and Jackie has since joined her family. Jackie emphasized FCA’s role in guiding her through some of the most difficult times in her life and leading her to become the young woman she is today. Her presentation heartened many and motivated them to raise their paddle for the Call to Action at the end of the evening, led by Randye Kaye.