Giving Thanks: Special Olympics Ridgefield receives the gift of dance and more

To the Editor:

On behalf of Special Olympics Ridgefield and our athletes, a sincere thank you goes out to Jean Cobelli, the Enchanted Garden Studios and her incredible talented dancers. We appreciate your generosity of the Gift of Dance and choosing Special Olympics Ridgefield as the recipient of all proceeds and sponsorships from the 17th annual December performance of the “Nuts about the Nutcracker”.

Because of the efforts of so many people, Special Olympics Ridgefield raised $20,000 for our athletes, uniforms and annual programming costs during both performances of the “Nuts about the Nutcracker”. The incredible support we received also provides our athletes opportunities to find success, build confidence and be more connected to the Ridgefield community.

We would like to thank and acknowledge the following local businesses and Family and Friends for their generous sponsorships and donations:  PepsiCo, Donna Cobelli and the Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital, NDM Consulting, Fairfield County Bank, Planet Pizza, Dimitiri’s Diner, Bob Neumann of Neumann Real Estate, Owl Cyber Defense Solutions, Mulvaney Mechanical, Brewster Mobil, WeCAHR, J. Mulvaney Plumbing & Heating, Schimenti Construction and Romeo + Baglio Designs.

Our Family and Friends sponsors and donors include: The Anglade Family, Baglio Family, Boyle Family, Bronsnan Family, Calabro Family, DeCina Family, Gallager, Charles Gotsch, Hackett Family, Dick Harris, Jo, Gene and Maureen Healy, Kennerly Family, Lefebvre Family, J. Mulvaney Family, Nardone Family, Pray Family, Sarup Family, Schwartz Family, Shantz Family, and the Stewart Family.

A big shout out to all the volunteers, athletes and Special Olympics of Connecticut for your time and dedication in making this event such a success!

Thank you again to Jean Cobelli and the Enchanted Garden Studio dancers for your partnership and helping continue the progress and celebrating 50 years of inclusion, acceptance and respect with  Special Olympics of Connecticut. 
Jeanne Lanzetta
Special Olympics, Ridgefield local coordinator and cycling coach