The Fairfield woman who founded and organized annual cabarets to benefit the Kennedy Center has stepped down after raising more than $1 million over two decades.

Christine Brown's final Cabaret 21 raised $60,000 last month for children's services provided by the Kennedy Center, the Trumbull-based non-profit that serves persons with special needs and disabilities, .

Some 300 guests attended the Jan. 21 fundraiser at the Trumbull Marriott Hotel, where a cast of New York and Connecticut entertainers performed "Motown Mania," a review of 1970s Motown hit songs., the center said in a news release

Brown co-chaired this year's cabaret with Christine Vagnone of Fairfield, who will be chairwoman of next year's cabaret, the center said.

The Kennedy Center serves more than 500 children and their families, according to the release. It planned this month to open a new children's center in Stratford, where those services will be consolidated and expanded.