An anonymous benefactor has made a $500 donation to support Wilton’s annual Town-wide Cleanup this Saturday, April 22. At last night’s Board of Selectmen‘s meeting, first selectman Lynne Vanderslice announced that the donation would be used to purchase prizes to be awarded to participants through a drawing, “as a way to encourage participation.”

The prizes will be gift certificates for Wilton shops and restaurants.

Residents are asked to volunteer Saturday morning to help clean up around town. Volunteers meet at the Wilton Town Green at 9 a.m., where work gloves and garbage bags will be handed out. People disperse around Wilton to pick up trash that has gathered over the winter along roadsides, in the brush near trails and parks and by the Norwalk River.

This year, when volunteers return to the Town Green to put the garbage they’ve collected in the dumpster, they’ll be given a raffle ticket and be entered in a drawing for prizes. All participants will also get a free slice of pizza

The town’s recently-hired environmental analyst Jennifer Fanzutti has been spearheading this year’s cleanup planning. According to Vanderslice, “Jen has really thrown herself into this, she’s shown a lot of enthusiasm. She’s been able to attract a number of organizations, and she went to speak to the high school, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Kiwanis, A Better Chance, Our Lady of Fatima Church, the Norwalk River Watershed Association, the DTC, the RTC, the high school’s marine biology club, the Key Club and the National Honor Society.”

Vanderslice says the event will be much bigger this year than in year’s past, and “promises to be more fun.”

Anyone interested in volunteering or organizing a group of volunteers can call the Conservation Commission Office at 203.563.0180 or simply stop by the Town Green at 9 a.m. on April 22. The event goes on rain or shine.