News Published: May 13, 2015 - 6:43:13 AM


10th Annual STAR Walk, Roll & Stroll A Fantastic Success

By STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way


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Volunteers from walk were from People’s United Bank, Weston High School, Norwalk High School and Norwalk Community College (contributed photo)
Over $120,000 was raised and more than 600 people attended the 10th Annual STAR Walk, Roll and Stroll at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT on Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Walk and Family Fun Day benefited individuals who have intellectual disabilities and programs offered by STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way. Attendees enjoyed a gorgeous day at the oceanside park, a 1-mile walking path, breakfast, lunch, children’s activities and demonstrations by area organizations such as the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk High School ROTC and NHS singer Kazie Jones, Marvin School Dancers, Musician Steve Avitabile, Massage Envy, Valerie Wilson Clowns & Co. and Rubberband, STAR’s own rock and roll band.

Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director of STAR said, “This is our tenth year of the STAR Walk, Roll and Stroll and we are so grateful for the families, sponsors and supporters who have been there from the beginning. This event has grown to become one of the favorite events all year for our clients and their families. We are so humbled and tremendously grateful for all the support this year from our families and community supporters.”

The Walk included appearances by Miss Connecticut Ashley Golebiewski, BB the Bluefish of the Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Team, the Marvin School Dancers, STORM of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey Team, children’s activities and demonstrations by the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium Museum, FUNBUS, Massage Envy and Painted You (face painting and air brush tattooes). Also in attendance were Westport Selectman Jim Marpe, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Weston Selectman Gayle Weinstein, State Senator Bob Duff and State Representative Gail Lavielle.

Sponsors for the event include: The Komansky Family, Prospect Hill Foundation, The Danaher Family, Mickey and Candace Herbst, Robert and Doree Levy, Kate and Justin Bagnati, Laura Blair, People’s United Bank, Wusthof Trident North America, Bankwell, Fairfield County Bank, Gen Re, Garavel Subaru, Kesten Brown Insurance, The Harrington-Howes Family, AT&T CWA Local 1298, Connecticut Community Bank, Callari Auto Group, Charles Berg, The Bosworth Family, Arthur Adler, Bill and Pat Carroll, David Dembo, Santa Energy, Tina and Alan Richman, Scarsdale Ford, Honda of Westport, Lynn Morin, Tim Galvin, Joanna Galvin, Rudolf Laager, Burt and Judy Hoffman, Alyssa and Adam Graf, Kim Butenhoff, Dudley Hoskin, Patrick and Katrina O’Connor, Ed and Catherine Piorkowski, William Threadgill, Doug Milne, Julio Herrera, Tony Giommalva and Creative Video Corporation (CVC).

In-Kind sponsors for the event included: Hilton Garden Inn, Stop & Shop, PEPSI, Hard Rock Café, HPC Food Service, The Village Market, The Fresh Market, Panera, New York Bakery, Trader Joe’s, Cain Management and Dunkin Donuts, Panera, Village Bagels, Country Convenience, Miggs B Design, Miguel Cruz Photography, Saugatuck Sweets, Agape Yoga, FACES Beautiful, Salon DeMatteo, Westport Country Playhouse, Rizzuto’s, Mille Rae’s, Dr. Adam Propper, Marinello’s Deli and Pizza, Achieve Fitness, The Discovery Museum, Lululemon, New England Patriots, Sports Authority, Massage Envy, Born of Earth Spa, Patty Cakes, Craft Butcher, Estate of Tracy Sugarman, Paper Source, Painting With A Twist, Bruce Museum, J&J Car Care, Walmart, Black Duck Café, The Pampered Chef, Bobby Q’s, Silver Ribbon, Roly Poly, Outback Steakhouse, Groove, Sunny Dae’s, Bridgeport Bluefish, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Wilton Pizza & Pasta, Sweet Frog’s, The Hour Newspapers, Paul’s Prosperous Printing, It’s Relevant, News 12 CT and Creative Video Corporation.

The event would not take place without the help of hundreds of volunteers who help with this event from Norwalk High School, People’s United Bank, Weston High School, Norwalk Community College, Darien High School, STAR staff and family volunteers with special thanks to Laura Blair, Judy Bosworth, Sally D’Amato and Jenn Komansky..

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization serving individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for individuals 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.

For more information about STAR or to learn more about individual and corporate volunteer opportunities, visit www.STARct.org or contact Megan Johnson at 203-846-9581 x339.




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