From left are Jimmy Esposito, Patrice Murray (STAR staff) and Bimla Mital, all of Norwalk. (contributed photo)
Nearly 50 individuals with developmental disabilities from Norwalk, Wilton, Westport and Weston who were unable to be with family or friends at Thanksgiving enjoyed a holiday celebration with a traditional Thanksgiving meal, games and karaoke at STAR Center in Norwalk courtesy of Polly and John Lowman of Darien.
Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director of STAR (who recently celebrated her 30th anniversary at the organization), said, “On behalf of our participants at STAR who might have otherwise been spending Thanksgiving without the closeness of family or friends, we are always grateful for this most generous gesture by the Lowman family who have made it a 12-year tradition.”
The celebration was staffed by volunteers and friends of STAR including staff members, family members and high school students from Darien High School. For many of the STAR people, these volunteers, staff members and fellow participants are their only family with whom to share the holiday. For all involved, the family-style dinner was a feel-good, happy holiday.
Jimmy Natale of Norwalk enjoys his holiday meal. (contributed photo)
STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization serving infants, children and adults who have 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. STAR informs and encourages the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.
From left are Robin Chichoki and Lorraine Arnold of Westport, with Debra Rudolf of Norwalk. In rear, student volunteers from Darien High School. (contributed photo)
For more information about STAR and if you would like to volunteer for upcoming STAR events, or make a contribution to fund programs for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, please contact Megan Johnson at 203-846-9581 x339 or email@example.com.