Fredric & Co. Salon Day for STAR Raises Over $1,600

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On Sunday, May 20, Fredric & Co. salon owners, Connie Hatterman and Janet Montanaro, along with their generous staff, opened their salon at 1060 Post Road, Darien for three hours to benefit STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way.

The Salon Day for STAR, “Bubbles and Blow-outs,” featured a lovely afternoon of Prosecco or Perrier, delectable sweets and STAR Special Hair Blowouts and Men’s haircuts for $30 and children’s cuts for $20.

Frederic and Co. staff owners etc.

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Owners, staff and friends of Fredric & Co., Darien

One hundred percent of the funds raised were donated to benefit STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, serving our neighbors who are impacted by intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1952.

Banzhaff Gogolak Spiegel Frederic & Co. STAR

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From left: Katie Banzhaf, executive Director, STAR; Kathy Gogolak, Darien resident and event hostess; and Martha Spiegel, job developer, STAR.

Salon co-owner, Connie, was thrilled to share, “We are so glad that our team could raise so much money and meet so many new friends from STAR in one day. I am so proud of the Fredric & Co. staff for donating their Sunday off for such fine neighbors. We are all feeling very good about this experience.”

“This was a high-energy and fun community collaboration. Everyone enjoyed a lovely afternoon and there were big smiles on all the faces as they looked in the mirror at their new “do.”

The stylists worked tirelessly for three hours, going from one guest to the other, and generously donated all of their tips. We are grateful for Fredric & Co. and all of our local business partners who support STAR,” said Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR, Inc.

Darien Cottage residents staff May 20 2018

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Residents and staff from Darien Cottage

STAR clients received complimentary hair treatments and each guest received a goody bag with terrific styling products. There were also lovely prize drawings all generously donated by Fredric & Co. Salon.

The event was hosted by Darien residents Kathy Gogolak, Jane Glassmeyer, Carol Donegan, Lauren Stisser, Katherine Grambling and Barbara Fitzpatrick along with Katie Banzhaf and Martha Spiegel from STAR.

Guests enjoyed Prosecco (courtesy of Nicholas Roberts Wines) and savored sweet treats (courtesy of Kirby & Co.) as well as delectable pastries, fruit and Perrier that were artfully displayed for enjoyment between hair treatments.

Claire Simmons Jenna Herbst STAR Frederic and Co.

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Stylist Claire Simmons, top, and Westport resident Jenna Herbst, a STAR client

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization established in 1952 to serve 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.

Headquartered in Norwalk and with new offices at 15 Cross St., Norwalk and 111 Elm St., New Canaan, STAR annually serves over 600 individuals from birth through their senior years in Fairfield County. They aim to inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. For more information visit

Stissers Frederic and Co. STAR event

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Olive and Ella Stisser enjoying haircuts with their Mother Lauren Stisser of Darien looking on.

Kari Kotulsky and Ashley Milne STAR Frederic and Co.

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Stylist Kari Kotulsky cutting the hair of Ashley Milne, a STAR client and Darien resident.

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