JWC presents $17,000 check for after school program

The Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield welcomed a special guest to its February general meeting. Lorraine Gibbons, director of development for The Cardinal Shehan Center of Bridgeport, was invited to receive a check for $17,000, designated for The JWC Girls Zone, an after school program at the Center for girls ages 10-18.

The donation was generated by the proceeds of A Visit to Santa’s House, the club’s annual fundraiser held every December in Fairfield. “This year’s contribution is one of the top donations in JWC history, and we couldn’t be happier to give it to such a wonderful organization,” states Cheryl Eustace, JWC Co-President. “It’s been exciting seeing our hard work translated into a project that nurtures young women!”

Each year the proceeds of Santa’s House are donated to the club’s CARE (Consideration And Respect for Everyone) partner. The Cardinal Shehan Center was first chosen as the 2013 CARE recipient, when The JWC Girls Zone was established. During this year, club members made numerous visits to The JWC Girls Zone, hosting a variety of educational and inspirational activities from a healthy cooking class to a reading challenge. “Renewing the partnership for a second year was an easy decision! We were excited to deepen our relationships with the girls and offer another year of fun workshops and projects,” shares Lillie Ennis, CARE committee chairperson. Lorraine Gibbons added, ““The Cardinal Shehan Center is truly grateful to be a two-year recipient to benefit the JWC Girls Zone Program. The partnership formed is invaluable. The lives of the girls have been enriched.  We thank the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield for their impact.”

From left to right: Mary Lauren Factora, Jen Dooher, Jen Hinkle, Kristen Beccaria, Cheryl Eustace, Caryn Migordsky, Lorraine Gibbons, Nancy Davidson, Lillie Ennis, Dana Anderson, Lilia Ogilvie, Kristine Egan, Juliette Tiriolo, Krissy Futia, Heather Paul.

From left to right: Mary Lauren Factora, Jen Dooher, Jen Hinkle, Kristen Beccaria, Cheryl Eustace, Caryn Migordsky, Lorraine Gibbons, Nancy Davidson, Lillie Ennis, Dana Anderson, Lilia Ogilvie, Kristine Egan, Juliette Tiriolo, Krissy Futia, Heather Paul.

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