Selectmen thank Wilton Rocks organizer

First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice led the Board of Selectmen Dec. 4 in a public show of thanks to town resident Andy Schlesinger, a guitarist who has organized Wilton Rocks for Food for the past three years.

Wilton Rocks for Food is a fund-raiser for the local and regional food pantries. The concert was held Dec. 2 at the Trackside Teen Center and, raised more than $80,000 for the food banks.

Vanderslice called Schlesinger to the podium and thanked him profusely for all he has done to serve the needy in the region.

Three hundred people attended this year’s concert and heard four hours of music from 35 Wilton musicians, Schlesinger said.

In an email following the meeting, he thanked the musicians:  Dan Berg on bass and Brennan Gildersleeve on drums, “the greatest house band anyone could ask for,” Schlesinger said. “Their dedication and skill are the glue that keeps us together.”

He thanked the vocalists: Jason Coviello, Adrienne Reedy, Donna Savage, Gerry Lee, Graham Sultan, Jeff Fox, Joan Wallace, Karen Williams, Kelley Addison, Mike Oliver, Patty Perry, Matt Greene, Brian Fitzgerald. On bass: Bruce Reznik, Tim Flanagan, John Taylor. On guitar: Alex Sherk, Ben Randol, Dave Sonatore, Ian Brown, Jack Jackson, John Taylor, Mark Dodman, Matt Greene, Jeff Fox. On keys: Kelley Addison, Tom Santocroce, Dan Berg. On sax: Dave Gould. On violin: McNeil Johnston and Alyssia Love. On drums: Brian Gruseke, Chris Peacock, Dave McNamara, and Greg Feldman.

He thanked the corporate sponsors: Bankwell, ASML, Ed’s Garage Doors, Dreyfus Investments, Northeast Veterinary Dermatology Specialists, Edgewater Markets, Metroflor Corporation, Breitling, Southern Glazer Wine, and an anonymous sponsor.

The individual sponsors: The Schlesinger Family, The Alexander Family Foundation, Steve and Tamara Kalin, The Stroup Family, McNeil Johnston, The Jasinski Family, The Meyer Family, The Rich Family, Michael Crystal, The Wilson Family, Lynn and Paul Vanderslice, Anne Khanna, Elizabeth O’Connell, Denise Brown, The Siegel Family, The Lee Family.

The silent auctions donors: Kelley Addison, A.J. Gundel, Anytime Fitness, Aroma Spa, Blue Star Bazaar, Bragg Builders, C2 Education, Cactus Rose, Cindy Sinor, Cottage Restaurant, Dinner at Your Door, Dr. Elihu Rosen, Farah’s Farm, Lauren Galardi, Hillary Springel, Rodger and Lori Smith, Jade Active Lifestyle, Joan Wallace and McNeil Johnston, Joyride Wilton, Little Pub Wilton, Local Soul, Love ’n’ Light Reiki, Massage Green Spa, N&C Equestrian, The NFL, Nod Hill Soaps, Open House Gift Shop, Outlaw Energy Drink, The Painted Cookie, Peaches Restaurant, PTP Fitness, Reflexology, Renaissance Beauty, The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ring’s End, Rob Van Keuren, Rockwell Framing, Schoolhouse Restaurant, The Travelling Art Framer, Ring’s End, Stella and Dot, Steve Mancini, The Pilates Advantage, Stew Leonard’s, The Voice Studio, Total Wine, Trackside Teen Center, Wilton Hardware, Wilton Playshop, Ed’s Garage Doors, Claudia Duvall, and The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Catering was donated by Marianne Wilson.

He also thanked friends who helped put the party on: his wife, Kim Pearson, Kim Rogg, Jennifer Gruseke, Dawn Jasinski, Deb Chrabolowski, Barb Cunningham, and bartenders Russ Rogg, Brian Gruseke, Joel Jasinski, Rich Cunningham, Coviello for the taps, and Gerry Lee for the wine.

“Last but not least, thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and made this event such a smashing success. We helped a lot of people and everyone involved should be proud,” he said.

He said the fourth annual concert will be Dec. 1, 2018.