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

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

  • College Admissions Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.13

    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • 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...

  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

    This is our kickoff event each year-held at Tod's Point Clambake area. The event is scheduled for Sunday September 14th starting...

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

  • 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...

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...


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