Giving Thanks: Ridgefield A Better Chance gala committee

To the Editor:

Ridgefield A Better Chance celebrated its annual gala on Feb. 2 at Salem Golf Club. This year’s theme was “Hearts of Gold” honoring Philip and Christine Lodewick.

Philip and Christine helped create RABC in 1985. They have personally and professionally supported it — through their Tradewell Corporation. Philip and Christine hosted the Jazz at Maple Hill event, the spring RABC golf tournament and dinner. Their commitment to RABC has lifted and maintained it. The Lodewicks have helped shape the lives of talented young women.

Ridgefield ABC provides talented students of color with a better chance for a high school education and leads them to college. More than 50 women have graduated from Ridgefield High School in the program. It has transformed lives and families.

We thank our RABC Partners in Education and Annual Program — Anne S. Richardson Fund, Fairfield County Bank, Gloria Gray Foundation Inc., Lier Foundation, Leonard and Mildred Igstaedter Foundation Inc., Praxair, Synchrony Financial, and Tradewell Corp. Thanks to our RABC Winter Gala table supporters — Neil and Meg Brisson, Rob and Liz Ellis, Fairfield County Bank, Marla Persky and Craig Heberton, Philip and Christine Lodewick, David and Kathy Maher, and Allison and Jon Stockel. We thank our Small Business Partners in Education — Karen Gerard from and La Pietra Tile and Stone.

Thank you, Ira Joe Fisher, our emcee and auctioneer. Kudos to Allison Stockel for the paddle raise and to Tim Currie’s Motown Review Band’s music. Salem Golf Club treated RABC and guests to a great evening!

Thank you, committee: Janet Arnold, Jessica Auerbach, Meg Brisson, Sharon Dornfeld, Deborah Evans, Sue Ferguson, Ira Joe Fisher, Karen Gerard, Susanne Galanski, Craig Heberton, Michelle James, Rachel Leiberman, Mike Manto, Ralph Passarelli, Marla Persky, Mary Smith, Allison Stockel, Jon Stockel, and Faye Walton.

Shelly Fisher and Jeanne Manto

Co-Chairs, RABC Gala