To the Editor:

There simply aren’t enough words to express our gratitude to all who helped make the Wilton Family YMCA’s Farm to Table event a success on Sunday, May 22. Over 150 people gathered at Millstone Farm to raise funds to benefit the Y’s financial assistance program which enables young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of our community. We are so grateful to the community for championing this event in support of OUR Y’s mission.

The Y was proud to honor Karen Birck and Bruce Hampson as the 2016 Distinguished Citizen Awardees at the event. Congratulations Karen and Bruce! The Wilton Family YMCA is proud to call Wilton home because of people such as the Karen and Bruce – they make Wilton a better place.

A special thanks is made to the event sponsor, Fairfield County Bank. We also would like to thank Steve and Heather Simmons with special thanks to Mythic Wine. Also, the Village Market, Gregory and Adams, Ancona’s, The Greens at Cannondale, Caraluzzi’s, Janet and Michael Crystal, GOOD Morning Wilton, Realty Seven, and the Wilton Library for their continuous support of our cause.

We also thank local, award-winning chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale who provided a most delicious dinner and their event coordinator, Rebecca Thorpe, who paid close attention to every last detail which made the event as smooth as it can be. Jen DeWitt and String Serenade provided beautiful classical music that added to the feel of the afternoon. Thank you to Betsy and Jess Fink at Millstone Farm for hosting the event which provided a beautiful and unique setting.

Alex Sywak, a 14 year-old volunteer for the Wilton Family YMCA’s special needs programs who has logged over 1,000 volunteer hours, spoke to the crowd about his experience at the YMCA. Alex said to the crowd, “I am blessed to be healthy and it is my duty as a human being to help others in need.” He continued to say, “Although it seems as I am helping only them this situation is mutually beneficial. The participants in the special needs programs improve my quality of life more than I can ever improve theirs.” Alex reminded us that inclusion is good for everyone – kids with and without disabilities.

A big thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to making the event a success. The Farm to Table committee, made up of the following volunteers—Carol Dabrowski, Carol Johnson, Debbie Lafond, Deborah Miller, Melissa Norris, Terri Sheridan and Todd Stevens—went above and beyond the call of duty as volunteers. They all selflessly gave their time, support, leadership and humor to help forward the mission of the Wilton Family YMCA. Also, thank you to volunteer auctioneer and Y Board member Sean Carroll for leading a successful auction and paddle raise than we have ever conducted.

On behalf of the Y staff and Y board of directors we thank the entire Wilton community for their continued support of this event. We wish everyone a healthy and safe summer and we can’t wait to see you at the farm next spring!

Bob McDowell
CEO, Riverbrook Regional YMCA

Dr. Howard Steinberg
Chairman, Riverbrook Regional YMCA