Eagle Hill-Southport School celebrates 30th anniversary

Eagle Hill-Southport School celebrates 30 years of helping children who are bright and capable, yet struggle with learning disabilities. As part of the school’s 30th anniversary celebrations, this year’s annual Benefit Set Sail with Eagle Hill Gala will honor the school and the Director of Admissions Stephen Sylvestro of Fairfield who will retire this year after three decades with the school. Current Eagle Hill-Southport parents Lydia Bourne of Fairfield and Char Lukacs of Westport are chairing the event, which will take place at the Inn at Longshore in Westport Friday, March 27. Nestle Waters is one of the generous sponsors.    

“My son’s experience at the school has been very positive,” said Lukacs. “He will transition next year, so getting involved in this year’s gala was the perfect opportunity for me as he closes this chapter.  I had such fun working on last year’s event and love the sense of community. We have an amazing committee again this year, and ultimately, we hope our efforts will raise the funds to make a significant difference for the scholarship pool so new students can have the same advantages our son has had.”

Lydia Bourne added, “I love the energy at the school.  After my son’s first visit, he came out the door and all his anxiety was gone. Eagle Hill has been so emotionally and academically supportive and our son has been transformed. I want to give back to Eagle Hill what the school has given to us. “

Headmaster Ben Powers observed, “For the past 30 years, Eagle Hill-Southport has been a beacon for hundreds of children and families, and we are excited to celebrate our long success of helping transform their lives. It is especially timely that we are honoring Steve Sylvestro on his long tenure of being a critical part of every family’s journey.  For the Lukacs family, like so many others, “Steve was our first contact when we came to the school two years ago.  He was welcoming, honest, and kind, and that made such a difference for my son.”

The gala will feature a giving booth, dancing to the Jay Stollman Band, and silent and live auctions.   As he has for over a decade, honoree Sylvestro will join his brother, David, onstage to auction off an exciting array of prizes, including a Tribeca Film Festival package, a Tomichi Stand-Up paddleboard, a get-away at Winvian Litchfield Hills, five nights on Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas with airfare, and a racing party for 12 at Grand Prix New York in Mt. Kisco, among others.   

Eagle Hill-Southport is a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school designed for bright and capable students experiencing academic difficulties because of a language-based learning disability and ADHD. It is an individualized, student-centered program that works to develop a foundation of academic skills and self-advocacy.  The school’s ultimate goal is to remediate a child’s skills, build their self-esteem, and help them transition into a more traditional academic environment.  EHS accepts children between the ages of 7-14 years old who are diagnosed with a language-based learning disability. EHS was founded in 1985 and is located at 214 Main Street, Southport in the historic Pequot School building on Southport Harbor.

For ticket or raffle information, call the school at 203-254-2044.

Eagle Hill-Southport parents Lydia Bourne of Fairfield and Char Lukacs of Westport are chairing the event.

Eagle Hill-Southport parents Lydia Bourne of Fairfield and Char Lukacs of Westport are chairing the event.

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