Annual gala raises $119K for Kennedy Center


Pam Brennan of Fairfield, left, socializes with Kennedy Center President and CEO Martin D. Schwartz and his wife, Elaine, along with Cindi Bigelow of Fairfield, right, president of Bigelow Tea, which was a sponsor for the Fours Season Ball.

The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Center’s Four Seasons Ball was attended by nearly 300 guests and paid tribute to philanthropist Dorothy Bannow Larson of Easton.

Held at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton, ball patrons sampled the  cuisine, danced to Big City Swing and participated in the heads and tails game, a wine and restaurant grab and “Help Us Raise the Roof” to benefit Hasco Home in Monroe, one of The Kennedy Center group homes.

Larson was recognized for her dedication to improving the lives of people with disabilities and as a founder of the Four Seasons Ball, one of the longest running charity galas in Fairfield County. She also was instrumental in opening the first residence for women with intellectual disabilities in New England, Maridot Manor, with her friend Mary Faust.

The gala was co-chaired by Robert and Barbara Scinto of Fairfield, while the chair of the Tribute Journal was Denise Larson Fenton of Easton.

In keeping with the theme, “Together We Can Do More,” the event raised $119,000 for The Kennedy Center’s residential services for people with disabilities. Since its inception in 1965, the Four Seasons Ball has raised more than $2 million.

The event sponsor of the evening was United Bank.

“United Bank is a proud supporter of The Kennedy Center who for decades has been a first-class leader in providing innovative and comprehensive rehabilitation services,” said Hanley-Bellitto, senior vice president. “United Bank has a legacy of supporting the communities we serve and sincerely thanks The Kennedy Center for all you do.”

Other sponsors included GE Capital, Denise L. Fenton, People’s United Bank , R.D. Scinto, William and Gloria Paul Family Foundation of Trumbull, Anne and Peter Foley of Fairfield, Carla and Peter Gavey of Fairfield, Winter Bros. Waste Systems of Connecticut, Fairfield University, Renee and Ron Noren of Easton, Bigelow Tea, BlumShapiro, Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation, Linda and Ken Halaby of Trumbull, the Kennedy family, LLBH Private Wealth Management, Merit Insurance, Newtown Savings Bank and Pullman & Comley.

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