The Junior Women's Club of Fairfield has chosen the Cardinal Shehan Center as its new charitable partner.

From this partnership, the "JWC Girls Zone" will be created, providing opportunities for girls 11 to 17 years old to benefit from mentoring relationships with members of the Junior Women's Club of Fairfield. The center will also receive the majority of proceeds from "A Visit to Santa's House," a JWC annual fundraising event which will take place this year on Dec. 14 and 15 at the Burr Homestead.

Last year, the club raised $15,000 at Santa's House with $10,000 going to the Thomas Merton Cenetr in Bridgeport and $5,000 to the Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund.

Through the partnership with the Shehan Center, club members will meet with the girls and will focus on topics including how to dress for success; building skills for the future such as college applications, interviews, and resume writing and proper nutrition and healthy cooking.

"We truly believe that such a partnership will be an enriching experience for everyone involved, and that the club and the girls at the Center will learn from one another and grow together," said Linda Cronin-McCloat, chair of the JWC's CARE Committee, which chooses the club's charitable partner.

Open to women in Fairfield and surrounding towns, the Junior Women's Club, a member of the Connecticut Junior Women, Inc., is a non-profit service organization whose projects also include the Townwide Spelling Bee for fifth-graders and Touch-a-Truck to fund scholarships for high school students.

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