The Child & Family Guidance Center's community of supporters gathered for the Champions for Children Gala on June 2 — the first gala held since 2019.
With more than 150 guests in attendance at The Inn at Longshore in Westport, CFGC honored Yale New Haven Health's John Skelly — the preeminent supporter of our family programs — and our CFGC Medical Director Dr. Cay White, who is retiring after 29 years of dedicated service.
In total, CFGC's guests and sponsors helped raise $92,000 for CFGC's services, including $28,000 pledged during the Gala's Paddle Raise. The Paddle Raise funds will kickstart a multi-year, agency-wide infrastructure project, aimed at improving client access to mental health and family services.
"CFGC is lacking a fully-functional Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, which has increased the workload for clinicians, as well as slowed the turnaround time for screenings and intakes," explained President & CEO Michael Patota. "CFGC is facing a turning point in the way we interact with our clients. With an outdated EHR system, access to essential information is limited for families, we face greater threat of privacy and security leaks and system glitches. That's why the commitment our community made at the 2022 Gala was so important.
It's the first step in a massive project that will ensure CFGC is here for the families who need us, well into the future. "
CFGC will be seeking additional public, private and philanthropic partnerships to support this crucial EHR project.
Download/View our 2022 Gala Program here.
Thank you to the 2022 Champions for Children sponsors, who made the evening possible:
Gold Medal: R.D. Scinto, Inc.
Changemaker: Farmers Insurance — Cigna
M.V.P.: Cohen and Wolf, P.C. — People's United, a division of M&T Bank —
Optimus Health Care — Gloria & Bill Paul
Community Champions: Hi Ho Petroleum — PKF O'Connor Davies —
The D'Amico Family — Marcum LLP
Special thanks to our "Very Important Champions" (V.I.C.'s), the local businesses/individuals who donated to our silent auction and to Fresh Flower Bar of Fairfield for beautiful centerpieces.