From the Editor: Lighting The Way



How often do you read the headlines in the paper, watch the evening news or scroll through your news feed and wonder: Is there anything good going on in the world? Between government shutdowns, mass shootings, vicious kidnappings and more, it’s easy to throw up our proverbial hands and go about our lives. But the thing of it is, there are plenty of good things happening and plenty of good people making them happen. That is what sparked the creation of our annual Light a Fire awards.

For the past six years, we have asked you to nominate the folks in our community who are dedicated to rolling up their sleeves and setting to work. These people don’t know what it means to look the other way. They give voice to the underprivileged, put a spotlight on organizations in need and in general seek to make the world a safer, happier place.

Here you will meet Max Konzerowsky, the nine-year-old boy who, two years ago, decided to start his own charity because his young age precluded him from volunteering at many organizations. You’ll meet parents like Lisa Lori, Steve and Jennifer Czech, Dawn Ladenheim and Liz Salguero who have used the heartache caused by their own children’s critical illnesses to fuel their passionate crusades of hope and healing. And you will meet James Naughton, the television, movie and Broadway actor who has graciously hosted our awards since 2010. James is known in the industry for his rugged good looks and rich baritone voice, but he is known in Fairfield County as one of the kindest and most generous spirits around, donating his time and energy to everyone from the Hole in the Wall Gang campers to soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. It was high time he not only presented these awards, but received one as well. We are proud to honor him with our Lifetime Achievement award.

That’s just for starters. Turn to page 81 to read about all of our honorees and please join us on Thursday, November 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. when we celebrate these outstanding men and women at the historic Westport Country Playhouse with a cocktail party and awards ceremony (visit mofflymedia.com for details). It is one of those nights that make you feel like we’re on the right track after all.

 

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