From the Editor: Fire & Rain
Late last august we entertained a very unwelcome guest. Her name was Irene and she was loud, rude and messy. She also happened to come to town at a most inopportune time, rolling in the weekend before all ten of our “Light a Fire” photo shoots were scheduled to take place over a period of several days. We had coordinated our photographer and his assistant, an army of stylists from Warren Tricomi and all of our very busy honorees. Enter Irene.
Many roads were impassable for days, the photographer’s studio lost power and some of our honorees’ homes suffered damage. Weeks of planning went out the proverbial window. And yet even in the wake of all this, it miraculously came together. People rearranged their schedules, we hooked up curling irons and hair dryers to a car battery and powered the photographer’s extensive lights with rechargeable batteries (that his assistant brought home every night to charge). Take a look at the final product starting on page 76 and we think you’ll agree that even a hurricane is no match for this group. They are a determined and hearty bunch.
This year marks our fourth annual Light a Fire awards. Every year we ask you to nominate people who seize the opportunity to make a difference, people who know that the best way to affect change is to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Their stories are as varied as their sources of motivation. For some, philanthropy is a lifelong calling, for others it was born of a specific circumstance and for still others it was a need to change their own lives by impacting the lives of others. All areas of our population—from seniors and children to the sick and less fortunate—have been helped by the collective efforts of these dedicated men and women. We think you’ll agree that they not only offer hope, they offer inspiration.
Please join us on Thursday, November 10, when we celebrate these deserving honorees at the Westport Country Playhouse with a cocktail party and awards ceremony hosted by actor James Naughton (see Mofflymedia.com for details). We’re hoping that Mother Nature will cooperate, but even if she doesn’t, we’ve got a good feeling that this group will be there with bells on.