NCC Foundation appoints new executive director
DARIEN — Carrie Bernie will join the Norwalk Community College Foundation as executive director in June, leaving her role as executive director of the board of directors of the Community Fund of Darien. She will be replacing Ann Rogers.
Bernier assumed leadership of the Community Fund in 2013 and drove the organization’s innovation to better respond to critical human service needs in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk.
Over its 67-year history, the fund has evolved as a thought leader on local philanthropy. Bernier is credited with increasing the transparency and accountability of the fund’s grant investments by tracking impact using results-based accountability and funding goals based on needs assessment.
Bernier positioned the fund to receive a $500,000 grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to develop a five-year strategic plan to prevent underage drinking in Darien. The “Our Darien” social media campaign aimed to change parent and teen behavior around alcohol. She also helped launch an innovative crowdfunding site for local nonprofits called TheImpactVine.org.
DARIEN — A recent fundraiser for STAR Inc., a nonprofit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, raised over $45,000.
The organization’s sixth annual speakers luncheon, featuring actress and comedian Ali Wentworth, drew over 350 people to the Woodway Country Club in Darien. In addition to the talk, the event featured over $10,000 of donated prizes, including jewelry, luxury handbags, BMW bikes and scooters, tickets to a Taylor Swift concert and the use of a Tesla for a day.
Scout volunteers honored
DARIEN — Darien Boy Scouts and the Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust honored two Scout leaders from Darien Boy Scout Troop 53 at the 2017 Good Scout Dinner last December in Stamford.
Troop 53 Scoutmaster Grant Evans and Scout parent David Yika were honored as a Greater Stamford-area Good Scout. The Good Scout award is presented to members of the community who exemplify the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America in their daily lives. Recipients are chosen for their outstanding community service as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.
Evans has been continually involved with Scouting since he was a boy, attaining Eagle Scout rank and holding leadership positions in his Scout troop, Scout summer camp and as an adult. He has been the Scoutmaster of Troop 53 for over 14 years. In 2011, Grant was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Connecticut Yankee Council for distinguished service to youth.
Yika is an active Scout parent and volunteer in Troop 53. He was the vice chairman of membership for BSA Connecticut Yankee Council Powahay District, and has made it his mission to promote Scouting to the local Latino community. He started a Cub Scout Pack in Stamford and is in the process of creating a new Stamford Cub Pack.