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Thank you for joining us for Gingerbread Houses and Cocktails for a Cause! See photos from the event below.

    6:00 P.M.

    The Inn at Longshore

    We gathered with friends and neighbors on November 30 at the Inn at Longshore in Westport in support of children and young adults in our communities. This event raised support for youth mental health care, curriculum and targeted programs to protect our students, and initiatives to fight disturbing trends like sex trafficking in our area.

    Thank You to Our Sponsors

    Shenkman Logo
    Carmody Logo
    Carmody Logo

    Special thanks to the 2023 gala Committee

    Event Co- Chairs
    Lindsay Brachle, Grace Leone and Jennifer MCMahon

    Kristen Antonopoulos
    Cody Baird
    Jennifer Barnard
    Tij Bedi
    Julie Beitman
    Elizabeth Koldyke Boolbol
    Beth Camp
    Pam Dedona
    Kim Ebbesen
    Sharon Walker Epps
    Keiley Fuller

    Mary Flynn
    Maggie Hornung
    Nanci Lewis
    Colleen O’Neil
    Lindsay Reed
    Kim Rizza
    Katherine Samy
    Gene Schreiner
    Callie Sullivan
    Jen Weil
    Aulene Wessel

    Graber Legacy Award

    Pamela Graber resided in Westport for nearly 27 years, and was a committed and cherished member of the Rowan Center community. Pam loved the Gingerbread event, and was an integral part of its success. She helped plan this wonderful event each year, and she always attended with her large group of friends. Pam was also an active and dedicated advocate at The Rowan Center. For years, she took regular weekly shifts answering hotline calls, and she accompanied many victims and survivors of sexual violence to the hospital. She was a lifeline for our clients. In addition, she served as a board member for The Rowan Center and was a key member of our fundraising committee.

    Through her service, Pam left a powerful legacy for victims and survivors of sexual violence throughout Fairfield County. We are grateful to Pam and honored to continue her legacy with you tonight. The Graber Legacy Award will be presented each year to the Rowan Center volunteer who exemplifies Pam’s dedication, her compassion and her fierce advocacy for victims and survivors of sexual violence.