To the Editor:

Once a year, the Wilton Republican Town Committee honors the first Republican president with a “Lincoln Dinner.” The 2019 dinner will recognize Toni Boucher for her many years of public service in Wilton and the State.

If you have lived, worked or gone to school in Wilton, or anywhere in CT, for that matter, you have been touched by Toni Boucher. Before ever serving as Chief Deputy Majority Leader in the State Senate, and before representing Wilton for 12 years in the state House of Representatives, she began her years of public service with the Wilton Board of Education.

Toni Boucher has been an outspoken advocate for education at all levels. At the state level, she introduced and supported legislation that promoted early reading success, created preschool education programs for disadvantaged children, and established 529 college trust fund accounts.

For our trains, she successfully secured funds to computerize the Norwalk to Danbury Branch signal systems and played a key role in the state’s purchase of new rail cars and much needed improvements, including new parking and plumbing, at area rail stations.

Toni Boucher has safeguarded what makes Wilton unique and is also credited with helping to stop plans to build a Super 7 Highway, instead championing successful efforts to widen the road, build a greenway, and increase access for bikes and pedestrians. Her efforts helped to protect one of the state’s largest wetlands.

Toni has served as a member of the Our Lady of Fatima Fundraising Steering Committee, Wilton League of Women Voters, Wilton Historical Society, Board of Directors of the Wilton Chapter of the AFS, Friends of the Wilton Library, and as advisory board member of the Alden Weir Farm Art Center.

The Lincoln Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Rolling Hills Country Club. The special guest speaker will be Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute, which advances free-market and limited-government solutions for Connecticut.

Tickets are $150 each or two for $290. The price includes a multi-course meal and drinks and silent auction.

Please purchase tickets online or mail a check payable to the Wilton RTC to P.O. Box 301, Wilton, CT 06897.

Lisa Pojano
Wilton Republican Town Committee Member