Fashion show will benefit three Wilton organizations

As part of the planning for its annual fashion show, the Wilton Woman’s Club has selected three organizations that will benefit from the event on April 4 at Rolling Hills Country Club.

Philanthropy Committee co-chairs Pat Hoeg and Lorraine Winsor explained that in recent years the club focused on helping those most in need during the economic crisis, ensuring at least one beneficiary was based in Wilton. This year, all beneficiaries are in Wilton.

“This year, our committee voted to support three worthy organizations right at home: A Better Chance of Wilton (specifically the female scholars’ house), Wilton Community Assistance Fund (of Wilton Social Services), and the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps,” they said.

ABC of Wilton, founded in 1996, provides talented students from inner-city areas with an environment that encourages academic excellence, improves their college acceptance chances, and lays the foundation for an improved future. Since 1997, there have been 29 Wilton ABC scholars who went on to study at colleges and universities. This contribution will go toward repainting the girls’ house.

The Wilton Community Assistance Fund, under the umbrella of Wilton Social Services, provides emergency assistance to Wilton residents in the form of food, heat, shelter, utilities, and school supplies. This donation will be used to provide assistance to families who cannot afford fees for their children’s extracurricular activities.

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps provides 911 emergency medical assistance to those who are seriously ill or injured in Wilton and takes them to the hospital for care. The corps has seen a call volume increase of 9% annually, yet less than 10% of operating costs are provided from town funds. The club donation would go towards outfitting an ambulance with a LUCAS Compression Device for automatic CPR.

“People may forget that the woman’s club has a long history of helping our town,” Ms. Hoeg said, “including supporting the development of Merwin Meadows, setting up the first bicycle path, developing a guidebook and maps to Wilton’s parks, initiating recycling projects, and clearing nature trails at Woodcock Nature Center. Sometimes we have to reach beyond our borders to support those who most need it, but we will never forget our own.”

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