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Welcome! Please enjoy the April edition of The Child & Family Guidance Center's monthly e-newsletter.

Compass Guide April Newsletter
Champions for Children: 

Meet the 2023 Gala honoree and award recipients 

Gala 2023 Honoree Tony Hwang and CFGC's MCIS team, who will be highlighted during the event.

Fairfield County’s premier fundraising gala for children’s mental health returns on Thursday, May 18, honoring the advocacy of Connecticut Senator Tony Hwang and celebrating the impact of the region’s mobile crisis workers.

The Child & Family Guidance Center (CFGC) is hosting the Champions for Children Gala in Westport at The Inn at Longshore during Mental Health Awareness Month in May. All event proceeds support CFGC’s mental health treatment, substance use programs and family support services.

“Sen. Hwang has consistently listened to CFGC and organizations like us, to understand the complex challenges the kids and families we serve are facing when it comes to mental health,” said President & CEO Michael Patota. “He has then brought those issues forward at both the community and the state levels to make change and break stigmas.”

Sen. Hwang’s advocacy at the state level helped secure additional funding for CFGC’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (MCIS) — a team that responds to kids and teens in crisis within 45 minutes of a caregivers call to Connecticut’s 211 line.

“Our MCIS team is now 24/7 and our clinicians are receiving an unprecedented number of calls these last few months,” said Patota. “The need was clearly there, and advocates like Sen. Hwang are helping us meet the need.”

Sen. Hwang, who represents the 28th district, which includes Fairfield, Easton, Newtown and parts of Westport and Weston, has been particularly vocal about the impact of isolation and lockdowns on youth during COVID-19. He has hosted a number of community forums to raise awareness and connect parents to resources like CFGC.

“I love what I do because I can give platforms to organizations that toil in the shadows, like Child & Family Guidance,” said Hwang. “This issue cuts across all political parties, socioeconomic or cultural backgrounds and across town lines. I’m just happy to do my part.”

The 2023 Gala will also highlight the day-to-day work of the mobile crisis team at CFGC, giving a deeper look into the clinicians who help kids and families navigate difficult moments.

Outstanding Achievement 

The Cay White, MD Outstanding Achievement Award will be awarded during the May 18 event to CFGC Board Member Jennifer Moorin, who has volunteered and guided CFGC through many changes during the last 45 years, including a name and location change. 

Moorin's philanthropy has also been a guiding force at CFGC, supporting CFGC's programs and the children and families we serve directly. 

Special recognition and thanks will also be given to Donna Fletcher, LPC, LADC, who recently retired from her role as Director of Co-Occurring Treatment Programs. Donna has been with CFGC for 14 years. As both a therapist and program director, she has helped youth and parents who are facing the dual challenges of substance use and mental illness. 

Jennifer Moorin, outstanding achievement award recipient

Jennifer Moorin at the former CFGC site on Iranistan Avenue 

To help us honor these amazing advocates, volunteers and changemakers, buy your tickets here and/or purchase a Gala Journal Ad. Link to our ad form here. Journal ads must be submitted by May 1!

In Other Gala News...

Silent Auction at the May 18 Gala

Silent Auction  

Gala attendees get to enjoy some wonderful silent auction items, donated by some of the best local businesses. 

This year we've got an array of awesome items: from a Vermont getaway, yoga camp for little ones, to the finest selection of curated wines. That's just to start!

Silent auction is only available in person on May 18. All winning bids support our mission AND the winner gets to walk away with fabulous items or experiences. 

Are you a local business that wants to donate to the auction? 

Click here for our silent auction packet. 

Fund A Need - Elizabeth Pfriem Matching Challenge

Fund a Need 

In 2022, our Gala attendees helped us launch our Electronic Health Record (EHR) upgrade — a long overdue project that is improving access and effiency. 

This year, as we prepare to enter the second phase of this project — which includes a client portal and remote access —  we have a special Matching Challenge from the Elizabeth M. Pfriem Foundation. The Foundation has committed $50,000 to this effort, meaning every dollar donated during our Paddle Raise will be matched, dollar for dollar, up that amount. 

Can't make it but want to have your donation matched? click here. 



The Sponsors making this special event possible...

This year, we are thrilled to welcome back R.D. Scinto, Inc. as the Gala's Gold Medal Champion Sponsor. The Scinto family and R.D. Scinto, Inc. are truly champions for children. We give our deepest thanks for the incredible support. 

R.D. Scinto logo

We also welcome back our Changemaker Champions this year:  Farmer's Insurance and Cigna

Cigna healthcare log
Farmers Insurance logo

Our 2023 M.V.P. Sponsor was the first to sign on for this year's Gala and is a long-time supporter of CFGC. Thank you, Hi-Ho Energy Services and D'Addario Industries!

Hi-Ho Energy Services
Hi-Ho D'Addario Industries

Community Champions Make a difference! Thank you, Katie Scinto & Joseph Emanuel! 

Katie Scinto and Joseph Emanuel - Community sponsors

Community and corporate sponsors make Champions for Children possible. There is still time to join in and make an impact. Sponsor opportunities are still available! 

Special thanks to our 2023 Gala Commitee

Nicholas D'Addario   

Dana Scinto

Allie Lewin Deehan

Gisselle Acevedo 

Lourdes Delgado

Jacqueline Stephens

Joshua Pedreira

Stéphanie Van Hassel

Questions? Comments? Please email Director of Development & Communications Kate Czaplinski at kczaplinski@cfguidance.org.


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