Operation Hope to honor ‘community heroes’ at fundraiser
Published 5:15 am, Tuesday, May 3, 2016
FAIRFIELD — Operation Hope, the agency working to eradicate homelessness and hunger in Fairfield, will present Community Hero Awards at its annual Evening of Hope fundraiser May 19 at the Patterson Club.
The event, the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in the club, 1118 Cross Highway. In addition to awards, the night will include cocktails, dinner, music, and silent and live auctions.
The Community Hero Awards will be presented as follows:
Spollett/Waldman Award: Presented in memory of Ellen S. Redgate, the longtime Operation Hope volunteer and the first manager of its food pantry. The award is named in tribute to the Rev. David Spollett of First Church Congregational and Rabbi Label Waldman of Congregation Beth El, who helped establish Operation Hope.
Stewart B. and Lucie C. McKinney Award: Presented to Harry’s Wine and Liquors co-owners William Miller, Patrick Monteleone and Scott Pollack, for “their continued commitment to supporting the community,” according to the agency. The award is named for the late 4th District congressman and his wife who “pushed forward federal legislation that created public policy, critical funding and a voice for those who struggle with homelessness.”
Jacky Durrell Award: Presented to Alexandra Currie, founder of the Pink Pom-Pom Project, will be recognized for her “efforts to help neighbors in need.” The award is named in memory of Jacquelyn Durrell, a former first selectman and state legislator, who “helped launch Operation Hope’s shelter and pantry, and championed its work to make the community a better place for all.”
Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For tickets and sponsorships/ads/auction donations, contact Paula Morthanos, the Operation Hope business manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-292-5588, ext. 246.