YWCA Darien / Norwalk, in partnership with the Wilton Riversbrook Regional YMCA, recently served as ambassadors for a coat campaign to help One Warm Coat, a nationwide nonprofit.

The groups identified Person to Person as a non-profit organization that needed coats when they ran the holiday coats campaign.

Jared Barnes, Chief Operating Officer at Riverbrook Regional YMCA, picked up 50 coats to drive. YWCA Board President Aidan Welsh took over 25 coats.

They both handed over the coats “Person to Person” at S. Main St., Norway. 76 to share.


One Warm Coat works with US nonprofit agencies each year to distribute freshly worn coats to needy organizations. Last winter, One Warm Coat saw a 50 percent drop in volunteer coats due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. As a result, the need for coats was especially urgent in 2021.

One Warm Coat provides free coats to needy children: adults while promoting volunteerism կայուն environmental sustainability.

Since 1992, One Warm Coat has worked with volunteer sponsors to ride more than 40,000 coats. It has collected about 7 million coats distributed to the needy through a network of more than 1,000 non-profit partners in the United States’ top 50.

Individuals և organizations can engage with One Warm Coat by donating coats, conducting coat drives, and making financial donations. For more information, visit www.onewarmcoat.org.

Shelter from the elements is a basic human need, along with nutritious food, safe drinking water, and a safe place to sleep, according to Darien / Norwalk YWCA. One Warm Coat believes in the right of every person to protect themselves from the cold և undertakes to share heat without discrimination, at the same time one coat.

YWCA Darien / Norwalk is dedicated to providing women with the support and tools they need to change their lives, be confident in their choices, and raise healthy families.

Resident Make-A-Wish CT Lead Board

Tracy Yurko has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Connecticut, which makes life-changing wishes come true for children with serious illnesses.

He has been on the board of directors of a non-profit organization since 2017.

Yurko is the Chief Lawyer, Corporate Secretary and Partner of Westwater Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. He is a member of the executive committees, as he oversees the legal and regulatory departments there.

For her advocacy for diversity and inclusion, especially among women, Yurko was awarded the Corporate Counselor’s 2020 Women, Impact’s Rule of Law’s Chief Advisor of the Year Award. It respects individuals who have made changes in the legal profession.

He graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Gould Law School from the University of Southern California.

Prior to joining Bridgewater in 2012, Yurko practiced with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, McCloy International Law Firms, as well as Dewey and LeBoeuf.

The Make-A-Wish CT, based in Tripoli, seeks to fulfill the wishes of every competent child, as every child deserves a childhood, according to President-CEO Pam Qiu.

Research shows that children who fulfill desires develop the physical and emotional strength needed to fight their illnesses.

Working together, donors, supporters, staff և volunteers come together in Connecticut to give hope to children և their families when they need it.

The non-profit organization has fulfilled more than 3600 wishes to local children. For more information, visit wish.org/ct.

Atria Darien mentions the work of a local artist

With the support of Atria Darien, the Retirement Home for the Elderly is hosting a wine reception to open its monthly art exhibition on Thursday, January 6, from 5pm to 7pm.

The event will feature the work of local artist Steve Fritch. His artwork will be on display at Atria Darien throughout January.

The event will take place at Atria Darien’s Gratia Gillespie Art Gallery, located at Darien’s Ledge Road 50.

Darius Library launches health programs in 2022

Darien Library hosts a range of personal health programs throughout January.

The programs are designed to help people who want to rebuild their lives in 2022 or who want to start new habits in the New Year. Participants will learn a range of new skills և information to guide them through 2022.

The programs will include evenings with authors specializing in topics such as personal rest, sleep science, plant-based diets, as well as conversations between micro-greens and local plant breeding experts.

The first program will be “The Art of Comfort with Vanessa Young” on Tuesday, January 4, at 19:00.

Participants will welcome the winter season with practical tips on finding comfort and happiness at home with Young, a culinary teacher.

To register for this program այլ other January health programs at Darien Library, visit darienlibrary.org/events/.

Students at Colgate were awarded the Dean Award

The following students from Darien were awarded the Dean Award for Academic Excellence in the Spring Semester 2021 at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

All students received a grade point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses for a regular letter grade.

The local students awarded by the Dean’s Award are:


Chase Cleary, an art history specialist who graduated from Darien High School;


Bruce Ferguson, an economist who graduated from Darien High School;


Elizabeth Genovez, an English specialist who graduated from Darien High School;


Thomas Sulger, an international relations specialist who graduated from Darien High School;


Sage Gupta, an economics graduate from Darien High School;


Brian Minicus, a political science graduate of Darien High School;


Michael Minicus, an economics graduate of Darien High School; և:


Isabel Larino, a political science graduate of Darien High School.