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STAR Gala Raises $310K for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

The annual gala celebrates the community of individuals with developmental disabilities leading full, productive and rewarding lives.

Auctioneer June Delair with Congressman Himes, Katrina O'Connor and STAR Executive Director Katie Banzhaf. Contributed photo
Auctioneer June Delair with Congressman Himes, Katrina O'Connor and STAR Executive Director Katie Banzhaf. Contributed photo

Earlier this month, 264 guests enjoyed Under The Tuscan STARS, a fundraising gala and auction to benefit STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way… a not-for-profit organization that serves infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities.  

The gala, held at Woodway Country Club in Darien was attended by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Jim Himes, and State Rep. Gail Lavielle. A total of over $310,000 was raised for programs helping people in NorwalkDarien, New Canaan, WestportWilton, and Weston.  

The chairpersons of the gala committee were Rob and Meghan Cioffi of New Canaan, Mary Ferrara and John Masanotti of Darien,  and Joseph and Nella Viesta of Stamford.  

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our local communities in addressing the needs and improving the lives of people with disabilities," STAR’s Executive Director, Katie Banzhaf said in a release.

Proceeds will be used to support STAR’s programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Gala also celebrates the community of individuals with developmental disabilities leading full, productive and rewarding lives.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization located at 182 Wolfpit Ave in Norwalk.

The organization serves infants, children and adults who have developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for people to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy while informing and encouraging the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

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