From left: Stepping Stones Board Secretary Jeff Kaplan, FriendsGiving Event Chair Kris Granetz and Jessica Kaplan celebrated FriendsGiving on November 12 at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk to launch a new era of the Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® initiative. Photo courtesy of Heather Prescott Photography. (contributed photo)
NORWALK, CT - Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk hosted the first-ever FriendsGiving fundraiser on Saturday, November 12th to launch a new era of the Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® initiative. More than 100 guests were treated to an exquisite, Thanksgiving-inspired harvest meal created by Chef Justin Walker of Earth at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, ME, his wife Danielle, who also manages Earth, and a talented service team, including students from Johnson & Wales University. Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling and his wife Lucia Rilling were among those who attended.
“Simply put, this inaugural event was AMAZING!” said Rhonda Kiest, CEO and President of Stepping Stones Museum for Children. “Kudos to Event Chair Kristine Granetz of Wilton and her team for transforming our museum space into a rustic farm setting that truly brought friends, old and new, together for some fabulous cocktails and conversation.”
Presenters included Stepping Stones board members John Foster and Jack Neafsey, as well as Lisa Lenskold of Norwalk GROWS and WEB Realty Company realtor and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Paulo Barros. They all spoke passionately about the positive impact of the Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® initiative and outlined Stepping Stones’ plans for expanding and re-imagining the program’s offerings.
Since 2006, Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® has educated millions of families nationwide about health and wellness through interactive exhibits, programming and key partnerships with leading health experts.
FriendsGiving was made possible by generous sponsorships from the Foster Family Fund, Kris and Marc Granetz, Fairfield County Bank and Serendipity.