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Monday, June 21, 2010

06/21/10 PRESS RELEASE: Family Centers' Coney Island Benefit


Attached is a press release and a few shots from our Coney Island benefit that went down a few weeks ago. All of the folks in these pictures are from Greenwich and the captions are below. I hope you can use them!


Bill Brucker

Communications Director

Family Centers


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Photo 1: Jack and Anne Ball (aka Ketchup and Mustard)

Photo 2: 2010 Coney Island benefit co-chairs (l-r) Leigh Carpenter, Pam Caffray, Laurie Grauer, Susan Yonce and Laurie Host

Photo 3: Bill and Marge Berkley

Photo 4: Laurie and Peter Grauer

Photo 5: Sue Ann Weinberg and Arlene Mark

Photo 6: Mary Moran and Stig Host

Photo 7: Samantha & Nabil Chartouni, Lise Stolt-Nielsen and Amanda Salzman

Photo 8: Bonnie Levison, Patti Fast, Alice Holbrook and Spyros Skouras

Photo 9: Tom Melly, Helen & Bruce Dixon and Judy Mellon

Photo 10: Brooke Ashforth, Nonie Sullivan and Sheila Burkert

Photo 11: Charlotte and Paul Minor


Family Centers Evokes Spirit of Coney Island for Annual Benefit

Greenwich, Conn. (June 21, 2010) – Coney Island may be nearly 50 miles from Greenwich, but at its annual benefit on June 4, Family Centers gave more than 300 guests a taste of what the “Playground by the Sea” was like in its heyday.

Held at the Belle Haven home of Arlene and Reuben Mark, the Coney Island benefit raised $600,000 for the agency’s 30 human service and education programs.

Along with gourmet hot dogs, seafood paella and other tasty seaside treats courtesy of Outdoor Cookers, co-chairs Pam Caffray, Leigh Carpenter, Laurie Grauer, Laurie Host and Susan Yonce ensured everyone enjoyed all the accoutrements synonymous with America’s most famous shoreline destination.

Before dinner, guests sipped on Cyclones while trying their hands at a number of carnival-style games in the Midway. Tarot card readers, stilt walkers and the “Human Blockhead” also entertained the crowd with special Coney Island flair. As the night wore on, DJ David Chang kept the dance floor packed by spinning an eclectic mix of party tunes.

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 1000 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and the Alliance for Children and Families and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.


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