Tennis tourney benefits youth nonprofit

The 11th annual Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament benefitting Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education, a 23-year-old youth development nonprofit, was held on Sept. 30.

The lead sponsors were Laurel Road Bank and the Lublinsky family. NGTE touches the lives of over 500 student-athletes, offering free year-round tennis instruction, education support and life skills programming to Norwalk youth living in public or subsidized housing.

The Autumn Classic was open to all public and private varsity and junior varsity high school students in the area, and was played at the Weston Field Club and Longshore Park in Westport. Over 150 young men and women representing their schools fought hard in competitive but fun doubles play.

Tournament coordinator and NGTE board member, Mark Magnusen, thanked the sponsors and players for contributing over $28,000 to help continue the NGTE programs that graduate all participants from high school and help many graduates go to college. “We really appreciate the commitment and support from these high school tennis players and their parents, and our wonderful sponsors. Many of the students who served as Chairpersons and Committee Members for the Autumn Classic also volunteer at NGTE during the year as youth tennis coaches and academic tutors, and they allow us to help our underserved youth realize their potential in Norwalk,” he said.

Charlie Low of Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Caroline Mayock of New Canaan High School, Aaron Miller of Weston High School, Will Roddy of Rye Country Day School, Daniel Stone of Staples High School, and Annabel Thrasher of Greenwich Academy all co-chaired the event.

Winners and finalists included:

Girls varsity winners: Grace Coale and Katie Wiley, Sacred Heart Greenwich and Darien High School; finalists: Gariella Gatto and Allison Katz, St Joseph High School and Staples High School.

Girls junior varsity winners: Ellie Collier and Layla Magnusen, Hopkins School and New Canaan Country School; finalists: Iasiah Sena and Erickah Tertulien, Norwalk High School.

Boys varsity winners: Andrew Ilie and George James, Trumbull High School; finalists: Conrad Emerson and Henry Murphy, Wilton High School.

Boys junior varisty winners: Eric Degter and Thomas King, King School; finalists: Byron Hart and Josh Handel, Weston High School.

McMullen joins Shepherds board of directors

Fairfield resident Fred McMullen, a managing director at Morgan Stanley, has joined the board of directors for Shepherds.

The Bridgeport-based nonprofit provides tuition support and mentorship to high school students in the New Haven and Bridgeport areas. During its 20 years of operation, Shepherds has changed the lives of 265 students who might otherwise have dropped out of high school and not pursued higher education.

A Philadelphia native, McMullen and his wife Vivian and their three children have lived in Fairfield since 2002. McMullen began mentoring a student through Shepherds four years ago; his wife became a mentor two years ago. McMullen learned about Shepherds through parents at Fairfield Prep, where his son Alexander is a senior.

For McMullen, education is “top of mind given that my three children are working their way through high school and into college. They’ve been blessed with excellent educations that are providing them with a strong head start on their adult lives. I want to see all kids have the same opportunity.” He was proud to see his first mentee, Alejandro Serrano, graduate from Kolbe Cathedral High School in June and looks forward to following his progress at Fairfield University this fall.

McMullen’s financial expertise and involvement in his Morgan Stanley’s Philanthropy Sub Committee has prepared him to face new challenges as Shepherds enters its next decade of serving students in the community.

Visit www.shepherdsmentors.org or call 203-367-4273 to learn more about Shepherds sponsorship and mentoring opportunities.

Plastic surgery center hosts Ladies Night Out

In support of the Plastic Surgery Foundation’s sixth annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day observance, Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa of Fairfield’s Dr. Alfred Sofer, is hosting a Ladies Night Out Charity Event on Oct. 16 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford. This event is in honor of all the strong and passionate women that have endured being diagnosed with breast cancer. All women deserve to know their breast reconstruction options to help close the loop on breast cancer.

The evening will include food, drinks, vendors, DJ, raffles and more. During the event, 100 percent of all fundraising proceeds will be donated to the Plastic Surgery Foundation’s Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund. Donations are applied directly to qualified programs supporting breast reconstruction-related research and awareness and/or non-profit medical organizations that provide uninsured or under-insured women who choose to have their breasts reconstructed following a lumpectomy or mastectomy (as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis).

October is breast cancer awareness month, and Oct. 17 is Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day. BRA day and PSEF aim to educate women about their breast reconstruction options. All donations are given to qualified programs that support breast reconstruction-related research, breast reconstruction awareness efforts, and nonprofit medical organizations providing charitable care to breast reconstruction patients.

Together, we must spread the word to breast cancer patients about their breast reconstruction options. Informing women of their reconstruction options before or at the time of diagnosis is critically important to improving life after breast cancer.

For more information about BRA day Ladies Night Out and/or breast reconstruction, visit www.drsofer.com/about/specials/bra-day-2018/or www.BreastReconUSA.org.