Bridgeport Rescue Mission surpasses goal

Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s Restore Hope Banquet Sept. 29 exceeded the organization’s goal of $365,000, topping $410,000 in sponsorships, individual donations and company matches.

More than 450 people attended the annual event, which raises funds to support the mission’s programs and services for the homeless and poor in Bridgeport and South Norwalk.

Larry Kudlow, host of CNBC’s primetime program The Kudlow Report, spoke about overcoming his own battle with addiction.

“Our Restore Hope Banquet is our most important fundraiser of the year, and we’re grateful for everyone who helped make it a success,” said Director of Development and Strategic Planning Linda Casey. “Because of the outpouring of support, we can continue to do as the name implies — restore hope to men and women who are struggling with homelessness and addiction and to families who need help with food, clothing and other life necessities.”

Platinum Sponsors were Bluff Point Associates and Robert D. Scinto Inc.

Silver Sponsors were Bank of America, Bank of Ireland, Barrow Street Capital LLC, BizMark, Black Rock Congregational Church, Compass Group Management, Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield, People’s United Bank and TD Bank.

Bronze Sponsors were Centrix Inc., CF Global Trading, Gramercy, Integrated Print Solutions, Living Hope Church, Pitney Bowes, RBS, Citizens Financial Group and United Healthcare Oxford.

Bank of America was this year’s Corporate Compassion in Action Award recipient, regularly serving meals and offering words of encouragement to the homeless and poor during visits to the mission.

Hope Church in Wilton and the 2011 Turkey Team were the Church and Community Compassion in Action Honorees.

Information on the Bridgeport Rescue Mission can be found at BridgeportRescueMission.org.

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