Kennedy Center awards dinner and annual meeting slated

Jocelyn Maminta

Jocelyn Maminta

“Parents and Friends Embracing the Challenge” is the theme for the Kennedy Center Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting Thursday, April 2, at the Holiday Inn, 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner, annual meeting, and awards at 7 p.m.

The keynote address will feature Jocelyn Maminta, Channel 8 News Medical Reporter and Co-Founder of Caroline’s Room. She is much more than a journalist and thrives on her work as a philanthropist and entrepreneur.

Jocelyn Maminta will be recognized as the 2015 winner of The Kennedy Center Vision Award. This prestigious award is given to an individual who has the vision to elevate the human consciousness to believe in the potential of all people. Some of the past award recipients have included Mary Higgins Clark, Frank Deford, Robert D. Scinto, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, and former Governor M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut. In addition, annual community, consumer and employer awards will be presented.

Over her distinguished 20-year broadcast career, the Emmy Award-nominated medical reporter has anchored and reported for television stations in North Carolina, Milwaukee, Texas and Connecticut.

A political science graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Maminta works tirelessly for many nonprofits across the state. She serves on the Boards of Friends of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, March of Dimes of CT and is a member of the Junior League of Greater New Haven. She has been honored numerous times for her volunteer efforts.

She is co-founder of Caroline’s Room, a safe haven for families coping with the challenges and uncertainties surrounding the birth of a premature baby. There are Caroline’s Rooms in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

Maminta is also CEO of Frangi Pangi, fine hosiery for that bare leg look for women of every colour. Made in the USA – some proceeds benefit Caroline’s Room.

Area residents who are serving on the annual meeting committee include:

Fairfield residents Pietro Andres and Joan Fleitas; Shelton residents Cindy Brestovan and Steve Smith; Bridgeport residents Mary Brown and Teri Brown; Trumbull residents Joe Dennin, Randye Kaye, David Kmetz, Vincent Santilli, Martin D. Schwartz and Ben Strong; Diane Thompson of Sandy Hook; Jo Ann McMullan of Westport; Dan Long of Cheshire; and Rachelle Mitchell of Milford.

Tickets for the annual awards dinner are $50 per person. Register online at or call 203-365-8522, ext. 213.

The Kennedy Center is a nationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 26 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs. Visit for information.

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