Americares Airlift Benefit Raises $1.8 Million for Relief Efforts

The 35th Americares Airlift Benefit, held Oct. 1, raised nearly $1.8 million for the organization’s health-focused relief and development programs worldwide.

Craig Melvin, a news anchor on NBC News’ “TODAY” and co-host of “3rd Hour of Today” served as emcee.

“We are so grateful for the incredible support we received during this year’s Americares Airlift Benefit,” said Americares President and CEO Christine Squires.

Nearly 400 guests attended the performance at the Citi Aviation Hangar at Westchester County Airport in West Harrison, NY

“Funds raised will help support our responses to current and future emergencies, such as Hurricane Ian, as well as fuel our ongoing programs that improve health in communities around the world.”

The Americares Airlift Benefit celebrates the organization’s health programs as well as the health workers and partners who make the programs possible. This year’s event highlighted Americares’ relief efforts for Hurricane Fiona, the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and its response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Dr. Brenda Rivera-García, Senior Director of Americas Latin America and Caribbean Programs, and Adam Keehn, Americares Director of Complex Emergencies, were the guest speakers.

Percival Barretto-Ko, Roberta and James Conroy, Erica Hill and David Yount, Marti Noxon and Joy and Dr. Eric Weintz co-chaired the event.

The event was produced by Rafanelli Events, led by event planner Bryan Rafanelli, who worked for the Obama White House and designed the weddings of Chelsea Clinton, Matt Damon, Allison Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, between others.

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves the health of those affected by poverty or disaster through life-changing health programs, medicines, and medical supplies. Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $20 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States. For more information, visit

Items are neatly sorted for shoppers at Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County’s new location in Stamford, Conn. Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The local nonprofit recently moved to the Lathon Wilder Center at 137 Henry St. and will reopen its donation facility to the general public after two years on September 13.

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Cabaret to raise funds for school clothes

Fairfield County Clothes To Kids will hold its biggest traditional fundraiser of the year on Thursday to provide quality school clothes for children in need.

The event, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Curtain Call Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford, will include a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, a silent auction and a private performance of the musical ” Cabaret” from the Curtain Call Theater Company. .

Sponsors include the Berni Families, Barbara Landau, Livia Feig, Glaser Family Farms, Vicki Puciato, Oak Financial Group and Chaos Conquered LLC. The event committee, co-chaired by Anne Chiapetta and Merryl Hackman, includes Lynn Berni, Lynne Byington, Kristen Cognetta, Livia Feig, Karen Gasparini, Alice Hallowell, Carol Komornik, Carol Lyvers, Kathianne Robins, Sara Sherlock and Lindsay Stillwell.

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Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County works on the idea of ​​a community where every school-aged child has quality clothes so they can go to school with the confidence and self-esteem to succeed in their studies.

Clothes To Kids offers a boutique-style setting where kids work with a personal shopper to choose clothes from a curated selection of quality new and used clothes; every eligible child in grades K-12 can shop twice a year for a full week’s wardrobe of school clothes.

Since 2016, the organization has provided free clothing to low-income or crisis-ridden school-aged children in Fairfield County. New families ask for help every week. To meet growing needs, Clothes To Kids depends on the generosity of individuals and businesses for financial support and donations of clothing and footwear.

More than 200 trees will be planted

On Saturday, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plan to plant more than 200 trees throughout Fairfield County to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the First Vision.

The number and the trees themselves are symbolic of an event that occurred in the spring of 1820 that was fundamental to the organization of the church in western New York, according to organizers. The event, which was delayed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was designed to benefit all county residents and “to create sacred and quiet groves that will provide shade and spaces calm for the benefit of all who live in our community”.

Volunteers from three of the church’s Fairfield County churches — in New Canaan, Stamford and Trumbull — will meet at 9 a.m. and pay to plant trees in areas identified by local park departments and rangers. cities.

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