From the Editor: The Reality of It All



Bob Capazzo

At least once a year we here at the magazine get a call from a network producer type scouting Greenwich for reality show contestants—from bachelors to housewives to even pampered pooches. But as you can imagine, we don’t have a huge list of people who are interested in having their every move exploited on “reality” television (air quotes intended). When the spiritual director of Trinity Church, Ian Cron got a call from the producers of a new reality show called Oprah’s Big Give (yes, as in Winfrey), it was a completely different story. They were looking for philanthropic-minded contestants seeking to change the world. And when the venerable Ms. O calls, well, you call back. Ian had the perfect candidate, his longtime friend Stephen Paletta. Little did Stephen know that he was about to embark on the journey of a lifetime that would earn him $1 million to help him help others. Read his story, “The Ultimate Oprah Moment” (page 52).

Stephen is not the only person featured in this issue who has had a life shaped by a major influencer of our time. Jennifer Bresler’s passion for helping others came at a young age when she was living in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jennifer’s parents, together with humanitarian pioneer Dr. Jane Goodall, saved a countless number of chimps from certain death. As a result, Dr. Goodall became a close family friend and Jennifer, developing a strong sense of social justice, would come to view the naturalist as a mentor of sorts. Today Jennifer has brought Dr. Goodall’s message to students in our town by founding a Greenwich division of Roots & Shoots, a network of clubs started by Dr. Goodall herself. The club has helped to build schools and wells in Africa, has raised significant funds for disaster relief and has brought the message of compassion to students in other parts of the country. These young people are the Jane Goodalls of tomorrow. Meet Jen and her band of inspiring kids in “Join the Club” (page 72).

I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Goodall last spring at a lunch hosted in her honor at a private home here in Greenwich. She had everyone captivated. This woman with such a slight frame and quiet demeanor has changed long-standing scientific beliefs and challenged governments around the world on topics ranging from deforestation to the inhumane treatment of animals and human beings. She is a true force.

Isn’t it funny how two very different stories can have such similar outcomes? Makes you realize that you really never know who or what will change your life.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Meet Bestselling Author Ayelet Waldman

    2014.10.30
     @ Organic Planet

    On October 30 at 10am, JCC Greenwich will present New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman, who will discuss her latest novel Love and...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    FLINN GALLERY Opening Reception 'IN FOCUS' Thursday October 30, 6 - 8pm Seven artists share their visions - Carolyn Conrad,...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

  • Harvest Fair and Gift Show

    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

    Event Will Include Hay Mazes, Games, Crafts, Food, Holiday Shopping The community is invited to a Harvest Fair and Gift Show on Saturday, Nov....

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01
     @ Latin Moves Dance Studio

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Lynne Scalo Design Opening

    2014.11.05

    Please join Lynne Scalo, Greenwich Magazine and athome Magazine to celebrate the Greenwich showroom opening of Lynne Scalo Design Cocktails...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

    2014.11.06
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Breast Cancer Alliance to Host Branching Out, Coming Together, Aspiring to a Cure 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show: November 6,...

  • Free Screening of Documentary ' Children of the Inquisition'

    2014.11.06
     @ Bush-Holley House

    Join filmmaker Joseph Lovett as he presents his documentary film and multi-platform project of personal exploration and...

  • P.A.L.S. 2nd Annual Soarin' Soiree~ November 7, 2014

    2014.11.07
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    You are invited to join our State Senator, L. Scott Frantz and our First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei, for an awe-inspiring evening to benefit Patient...

  • John Hardy Event

    2014.11.08
     @ Bloomingdale's

    John Hardy One of a kind. One at a time. Each by hand. Bloomingdale's is inviting YOU to meet the head designer Guy Bedarida as he presents...

  • Olivine Gabbro Opening

    2014.11.08

    Olivine Gabbro invites you to join them for their Opening Party! DJ | Cocktails | H'Orderves | Gift Bags Made to Measure Beautifully...

  • Meet Joshua Safran, Author of "Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid"

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

    Meet the author of this powerful memoir. Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for...


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