More than 100 area businesspeople started the day recently with a friendly competition to network and rally support for the Kennedy Center.

Fairfield residents Steve Habetz, president of Threshold Mortgage in Westport, and Dimitri Alatakis, co-owner of the Circle Diner in Fairfield, were the returning co-chairpersons of the event. The Business Breakfast Challenge raised $13,000 for persons of all ages with disabilities and special needs served by the Kennedy Center. Dimitri and Donna Alatakis of Fairfield underwrote the breakfast.

Team captains donned aprons and served breakfast prepared by the diner. During the power breakfast, many area dignitaries stopped by to support this charity breakfast, including: First Selectman Kenneth Flatto of Fairfield; First Selectman Tim Herbst of Trumbull; Probate Judge Dan Caruso of Fairfield; Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara; and Bill Purcell, president of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Top honors for the breakfast went to CB Richard Ellis in Stamford. Fairfield resident Mike Siegel was the chairman of the team, which has won the champ trophy three times. His team brought in the highest donation total of all participating teams. The 2010 winner will be recognized at next year's breakfast.

Other teams in the breakfast included: Crystal Restoration Services in South Norwalk; Cadre, Fairfield University, GE Capital and Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home, all in Fairfield; Patriot National Bank; Trumbull Republican Town Committee; Threshold Mortgage in Westport and state Reps. Hwang and Rowe.

Committee members who organized the event were: Nancy Habetz, of Fairfield; Jo Ann McMullan, of Westport; Trumbull residents Randye Kaye, Martin Schwartz and Ben Strong; Stephen Smith, of Shelton, and Jenn Sredzinski, of Stratford.