Nutmeg Festival raffle prizes announced

St. Stephen’s 112th Nutmeg Festival, to be held Saturday, Aug. 11, will include a raffle with three top prizes: first is a one-week getaway for up to six people from Bluegreen Vacations, valued at $1,200; second is a $500 gift certificate to Craig’s Fine Jewelry, and third is a $500 gift certificate to Ridgefield Hardware. Tickets will be on sale at the festival and can also be ordered online at

All proceeds, as usual, will go to non-profit organizations. This year’s beneficiaries are Danbury Food Collaborative’s Man in the Van, Housatonic Habitat for Humanity and Hour Children at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

The Man in the Van is a project run by Danbury resident Michael Green in collaboration with the Connecticut Food Bank and United Way. Five days a week Mr. Greene picks up fresh produce, meat and dry goods donated by local stores and delivers it to Danbury-area food banks.

St. Stephen’s was one of five covenant churches that established Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit housing ministry in Danbury that builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of the future homeowner families. Hour Children, which began as a program that provides care to children of incarcerated women, is now a leading provider of prison- and community-based programs that support these women and their families as they work to transform their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.