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FriendsGiving Dinner Raises $100K For Norwalk's Stepping Stones Museum

President and CEO of Stepping Stones Museum for Children Rhonda Kiest, Norwalk’s First Lady Lucia Rilling, and  Board Chair of Stepping Stones Museum for Children Sandra Miklave enjoy the FriendsGiving festivities held on Nov. 9 in Norwalk.
President and CEO of Stepping Stones Museum for Children Rhonda Kiest, Norwalk’s First Lady Lucia Rilling, and Board Chair of Stepping Stones Museum for Children Sandra Miklave enjoy the FriendsGiving festivities held on Nov. 9 in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Heather Prescott Photography

NORWALK, Conn. – Although adults were treated to a fabulous feast at the second annual FriendsGiving event hosted by Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, children are the ones who will ultimately benefit from the successful fundraiser.

More than 120 guests enjoyed the exquisite, Thanksgiving-inspired dinner created by Chef Matthew John on Nov. 9. Museum supporters helped raise over $100,000 for the nonprofit museum’s Open Arms Accessibility initiative.

“We certainly give thanks for everyone who contributed to the success of this sold-out event,” said Rhonda Kiest, president and CEO of Stepping Stones Museum for Children. “Kudos once again to Event Chair Kristine Granetz and her team for transforming our museum’s Spectacular Spaces into a glorious harvest setting that brought friends together for this crucial program.”

All proceeds will support Stepping Stone’s commitment to ensuring this educational resource is accessible to every child, family and school regardless of financial, language or special needs barriers. Offering monthly free admission evenings, parent workshops, free traveling exhibits for schools and more, Open Arms reaches more than 45,000 children, caregivers and teachers at an annual cost to the museum of nearly $750,000.

FriendsGiving was made possible by Platinum sponsors Kris and Marc Granetz and the Foster Family Fund, Gold sponsors Pitney Bowes and Marcia Selden Catering and Events, Silver sponsor SMG Corporate Services and Bronze sponsors Fairfield County Bank, the Aiello Foundation and Day Pitney LLP.

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