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Donate to the Darien Human Services Holiday Gift-Giving Program

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Celebrate the holidays by bringing joy to a struggling family or senior. You can do it through the Darien Human Services Department’s holiday gift-giving program. — an announcement from the Darien Human Services Department

Families range in size from two to six people. Due to COVID-19, we are asking for donations of gift cards (you will receive suggestions to make things more personalized). Drop off the gift cards in our office and your “adopted” family or senior will pick them up from us.

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Darien Again Faces Ancient Rival New Canaan For the Coveted ‘Most Generous Town’ Title

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The week before Thanksgiving, Darien and New Canaan will face off once again to see which town can capture the title of “Most Generous Town” by raising the most funds for either The Community Fund of Darien or the New Canaan Community Foundation. — an announcement from The Community Fund of Darien

This year, the competition begins on Thursday, Nov. 18, and ends at midnight on Thanksgiving. Donors can contribute to The Community Fund of Darien by texting DARIEN to 203-871-0808 during this time window or by visiting the TCF website. The winning town will own the “Turkey Trophy” and bragging rights for the year, and their residents will take pride in the knowledge that their community makes charitable giving a priority.

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Marketing Veteran Tina Tison Named Executive Director of Darien-Based Tiny Miracles Foundation

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The Tiny Miracles Foundation, a Darien-based not-for-profit organization set up to help area families with premature babies, has announced Tina Tison as its new executive director. — an announcement from The Tiny Miracles Foundation

Tison joins the foundation from The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, where she was director of marketing since 2016. “I am looking forward to working with our partners and volunteers to guide and support families impacted by prematurity,” Tison said. “The Foundation has an incredibly important mission and has helped so many families since its creation.”

Ashley Dineen, president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, said, “We’re so pleased to welcome Tina, and know that her skills, experience, energy and vision will lift the organization to new levels.”

Tison will direct the foundation’s efforts to help preemie parents in Fairfield and New Haven counties through critical times, as well as to enhance neonatal intensive care unit services and improve the short- and long-term outcomes for local preterm babies and their families. The Foundation operates in-NICU programs at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) Bridgeport and New Haven campuses, St.

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These Roads Will Have Delays During ‘Run With the Saints’ 5K Road Race on Sunday

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Several roads on both sides of Rings End Bridge will be closed temporarily Sunday, Nov. 7, for the “Run With The Saints” 5K Road Race, starting at 11:35 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 1864 Post Road. — an announcement from Darien police

The race should last about 45 minutes, a police announcement said. Anyone who wants to participate can register by midnight on Friday, but not on race day, itself.

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‘Run With the Saints’ 5K Run and 1K Walk Coming Nov 7, Benefits St Luke’s Work in Cuba

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Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien invites the community to lace up for the 5th annual Run with the Saints. The event benefits St. Luke’s work on behalf of an Episcopal parish in Cuba. The fundraiser, which takes place on Sunday, November 7 beginning at 11:35 a.m. (sharp), offers a choice of a 3-mile run or a 1-mile kids/adult walk, both along a beautiful route by the water. — an announcement from St.

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Help Darienites Who Need It Most With A Gift Card Distributed by Darien Human Services Dept

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The Darien Department of Human Services is holding a Thanksgiving Grocery Store Gift Card Drive. — an announcement from Darien Department of Human Services

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has become more and more prevalent in our area. With food prices increasing, it is getting difficult for some of our neighbors to put food on the table. The food drive takes place from Monday, Nov. 1, through Tuesday, Nov.

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Men: Throw an Axe, It’s the Charitable Thing To Do

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Gentlemen, channel your inner lumberjack and join The Community Fund of Darien on Thursday, Nov. 4 for a men’s charity night of axe throwing. Did we mention there’ll be beer and bourbon? First-timers are welcome, an axe master will tell you how it’s done, and organizers say “the lanes are safely gated off.” Just throw in the right direction and everything should work out fine.

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You Can Still Register for Abilis Walk/Run in Greenwich This Sunday, Oct 17

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It’s time for the annual Walk/Run for Abilis event! For the 16th annual year, Walk/run for Abilis will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Greenwich Point Park. — an announcement from Abilis

Participants can walk or run in-person or participant virtually from anywhere in the world. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at

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SOLD OUT: Darien Nature Center Thanks Supporters of Saturday’s ‘Fireside’ Fundraiser

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Plans for the Darien Nature Center’s fundraising party, Fireside, are well underway thanks to continued financial and in-kind support from the community. Although tickets are sold out for Saturday’s event, sponsorship opportunities are still available. — an announcement from Darien Nature Center

The 4th annual event will be held outdoors at the Nature Center at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 PM to a sold-out crowd. “We are beyond grateful for the excitement surrounding this year’s Fireside, especially after being forced to cancel last year,” said Event Co-Chair Meaghan Hetherington.

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Tickets Now on Sale for Nov 4 Cocktails & Comedy Fundraiser to Benefit The Undies Project

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Tickets are now on sale for Cocktails & Comedy, a fundraiser for The Undies Project, which takes place virtually on Thursday, Nov. 4. — an announcement from The Undies Project

Laugh for a cause from 7:30 to 9 p.m., from the comfort of your own home, with comics Kelly MacFarland and Buddy Fitzpatrick. MacFarland has appeared on the Today Show, Comedy Central, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Comics Come Home 25 at the Boston TD Garden. She can be heard on SiriusXM radio.

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Stamford (and Darien’s) Men’s Homeless Shelter, Pacific House, Hosts Online Fundraiser Oct 21

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When Pacific House hosts its 20th Annual Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 21, it will honor five community partners that helped the organization weather the storm throughout the pandemic. — an announcement from Pacific House
The Pacific House 2021 Community Partnership Honorees are: Sam Cingari of The Cingari Family, Grade A – ShopRite; Community Health Center Inc.; First Congregational Church of Greenwich; New Covenant Center/Catholic Charities of Fairfield County; and Robert Morris, founder and managing partner of Olympus Partners. “The unwavering support these individuals and organizations provided throughout the past year is nothing short of heroic,” said Rafael Pagan, Jr., executive director of Pacific House. “The pandemic upended our day-to-day operations, causing us to mobilize quickly to protect the safety of our clients,” Pagan said.

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Light the Night Oct 24: Participate in YWCA Annual Townwide Luminary Night

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The YWCA Darien/Norwalk will hold its annual luminary lighting on Sunday Oct. 24 to raise awareness about Domestic Violence against women and girls. Luminary kits are $30 each and can be purchased starting Friday, Oct. 1 at Barrett Bookstore, Palmers Market and The kits will include a registration link to receive seven days of emails addressing the types of domestic violence, prevention information and resources.

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Stars Headline Americares Benefit, Streaming Live on Saturday

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Actors Adria Arjona and Tony Goldwyn will co-host the 2021 Americares Airlift Benefit on Saturday, Oct. 2. The virtual benefit celebrates the organization’s life-changing health programs for people affected by poverty or disaster and the health workers and partners who make the programs possible. — an announcement from Americares

Americares supports more than 4,000 health centers worldwide with transformative health projects and donations of medicine, improving the health of millions of people in need every year. The benefit will stream live from Americares 55,000-square-foot Global Distribution Center in Stamford, and will take supporters on a unique virtual journey to see the organization’s work in Colombia, Ghana, Honduras, the Philippines and the United States, as well as meet families overcoming the challenges of disaster, climate change, poverty and inequity.

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Americares Sends 12 Ton Shipment of Medicine and Relief Supplies to Haiti

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An Americares airlift carrying 12 tons of  medicines and relief items arrived in Haiti Thursday to support local health providers treating earthquake survivors. The chartered plane landed in Port-au-Prince this afternoon carrying wound care supplies, personal protective equipment, cardiovascular medication and medical supplies valued at over $6 million. — an announcement from Stamford-based Americares

Americares, the health-focused relief organization headquartered in Glenbrook, is working with longtime partner organization Hope for Haiti to transport the supplies to health care providers in southwestern Haiti. Products will be distributed to Hope for Haiti’s mobile medical teams providing outreach in rural communities as well as more than 30 partner health facilities in earthquake-affected communities, including the main hospital in Jeremie. ________________
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