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ARI of Connecticut, Inc. to honor Pitney Bowes and Goerge Comfort & Sons, Inc. at 2019 Fall Ball

By ARI of Connecticut, Inc.

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Stamford, CT - ARI of Connecticut, Inc. (Always Reaching for Independence) will be having the Fall Ball-Jazz Hands for Independence Celebration to raise funds for programs supporting people with developmental disabilities on Friday, October 25th at The Italian Center in Stamford from 6:00-10:00pm. This fundraising event will celebrate ARI and honor Pitney Bowes and George Comfort & Sons, Inc. for their support to ARI and our consumers. Richard “Cookie” Thomas and his Trio will perform Jazz for the entertainment. Tickets for the event will be $125 per person and $1,000 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information visit or contact Gerard Gasparino, Manager of Development and Recreation at (203) 324-9258 ext. 3023 or email

About George Comfort & Sons, Inc.
George Comfort & Sons (GCS), one of New York's oldest and most reputable real estate firms, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. Headquartered in NYC, but with properties nationwide, GCS currently manages over 13.5 million square feet of commercial property with ownership interest in seventy percent of those assets.
In 2009, High Ridge Park, a GCS property located in Stamford, began collaborating with ARI on a recycling program. Individuals from ARI go weekly to visit each tenant space and collect deposit bottles and cans. Since then, ARI has collected over 250,000 bottles and cans, raising over $12,500, all while teaching important work skills and introducing ARI consumers to a corporate work environment.
Ms. Jodi Gutierrez, Vice President of Property Management and On-Site Property Manager at High Ridge Park will receive the award on behalf of Peter S. Duncan, President and CEO. Since 1995, under the leadership of Mr. Duncan, GCS has acquired properties totaling more than nine million square feet and added an additional three million square feet to its third-party management portfolio.

About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes is a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing, software and data. PB will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2020. Following their core value statement, “We do the right thing, the right way” and commitment to their community, PB began a long history with ARI by providing projects for our “workshop.” Several PB employees have served on the ARI Board and committees. For example, Frederick Bowes, Jr., the nephew of founder Walter Bowes, was the building campaign co-chair in the early 1970s. PB and its employees have donated time and funds over the years to ARI. Their most recent grant was to upgrade the ARI computer lab for individuals served.
Ms. Johnna Torsone, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, will receive the award on behalf of Pitney Bowes. In 2015 Johanna was recognized by HRO Magazine as one of the most powerful women in Human Resources.

ARI provides jobs, homes and services for nearly 150 adults with disabilities. Located in Stamford, ARI “Enriches the lives of people with disabilities and their families by enabling them to achieve their fullest potential at home, at work and in the community.”

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