Democrats welcome Rilling, honor fellow Wiltonians

The Wilton Democratic Town Committee will host its Annual Spring Breakfast on Saturday, April 26, from 9 to 11 at the Trackside Teen Center. Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling will be the guest speaker.

The breakfast is a major fund-raiser for the committee, and “also an opportunity for us to mingle with and hear from local, state and federal elected officials in the Democratic Party, so we are very pleased that Mayor Rilling is our keynote speaker,” Chairman Tom Dec said.

This year, the breakfast will include recognition of the achievements and contributions of community members who have a long and distinguished record of dedicated service in Wilton and beyond.

Kimberly Johnson has been selected Outstanding Wiltonian of the Year for her work as a director on the boards of Boy Scout Troop 20, Friends of Ambler Farm and Wilton Children's Theater. She is also a long-time Minks-to-Sinks volunteer. Ms. Johnson is a caseworker at the Norwalk office of Person-to-Person where she provides immediate emergency assistance to families in Norwalk, Weston, Westport and Wilton who are struggling with food insecurity, financial hardship and mental health issues.

Charles B. (Charlie) Lewis Jr. will be recognized for Lifetime Achievement. A long-time member of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee, Mr. Lewis has been a delegate to four Democratic State Conventions as well as a delegate to several Democratic legislative conventions. Currently serving as a Justice of the Peace and member of the Board of Assessment Appeals, Charlie was Wilton's Parking Hearing Officer and worked for many years as an election moderator. A member of the Wilton Kiwanis Club, he has served as chairman of the House Committee and the Contributions Committee.

Noting that Mr. Lewis is a Democrat and Ms. Johnson is not, Mr. Dec said these Wiltonians epitomize the integrity and character to which we all strive to achieve, regardless of their political affiliation.

“We encourage everyone to join us in appreciation of their past and continued tradition of service, because the quality of life that we enjoy in this town is due in large part to the efforts of Charlie and Kimberly, and others like them.”

Tickets for the event are $40 and may be purchased online at wiltondems.org.