Tree lighting benefits Black Rock Food Pantry

Tree from Fairfield beams message of Hope on the Harbor at Norden Club

Hope glows over Black Rock this holiday season after an event at the Norden Club on Seabright Avenue Friday night, Dec. 2.

The fourth annual Hope on the Harbor tree lighting raised money for the Black Rock Food Pantry. Each year the tree is donated.

This year’s tree was donated by PPG Properties/PPG Development, which is working on several projects throughout Fairfield. The evergreen, about 50 feet tall, was taken from a lot being subdivided at 1851 North Benson Road in Fairfield, just north of Fairfield University.

“There’s nothing better than taking a good tree like this and using it for a function for the Black Rock Food Pantry,” Bowser said.

Butz Brothers Excavators cut down and moved, erected by Adam Stelmaszek & Sons, and Easton Arborists decorated the tree, returning Friday to fix the star after it was knocked down by a storm Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Bernie Lee, of the Black Rock Food Pantry, said the organization would have difficulty feeding those in need if not for the tree lighting at the Norden Club.

Ornaments, sold for $5 each, could be purchased to be placed on the tree, with proceeds supporting the Black Rock Food Pantry.

Food, “and we usually have a pretty good bounty,” is distributed each Saturdays, but each family is limited to one visit per month. More information can be found at

“When you give something like a tree, you’re giving of yourself in a very special way,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said, “and I think it says volumes about the Norden Club and about the Bowser Family that they have come together on this very, special holiday to demonstrate what is great about the holiday … .”

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