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In November, the owners of Stowed (previously known as The Marais) and The Fred Shop in Westport held an afternoon of Celebrating Women in Business, where prominent women from Fairfield County discussed their professional experiences and successes. Center, Westport Second Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker with Stowed co-founders Elissia Sigalow, left, and Casey Armstrong-Friese.

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From left, Jennine Hannaway of Hannaway Public Relations, Kitt Shapiro, The Granola Bar co-founders Dana Noorily and Julie Mountain, and Monarch Market owner Haley Kraut.

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The Beardsley Zoo held its Endangered Species Gala in November at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, raising more than $100,000 for the zoo and for the development and construction of a new tiger habitat. Pictured: guest speaker, author and producer Richard Wiese, left, and Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho.

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Gala emcee and author David Pogue.

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Fellowship Place, a New Haven nonprofit, held its 2018 gala fundraiser in September at the New Haven Lawn Club to benefit housing and therapeutic support services for adults living with serious mental illness. From left, Ben Florsheim (representing U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy), New Haven Alder Frank Douglass Jr., Fellowship Place board president Anne Demchak, State Rep. Pat Dillon and Fellowship Place executive director Mary Guerrera.

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From left, Fifth Season Financial vice president Scott Rose, program director Eric Smith and CFO Michael Falk took part in the fourth annual Reach for the Rainbow 5K Run at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York, in support of Family Reach, a nonprofit which helps alleviate the financial burdens of cancer for families nationwide.

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At the opening night cast party for Something Rotten at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven are supporters Suzanne Weinstein, owner of Elm City Cheese, and her daughter Dr. Cathy Markle with cast members Greg Kalafatas (“Nostradamus”) and Mark Saunders (“Brother Jeremiah”).

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Jennifer Delmonico, managing partner at Murtha Cullina, and her daughter Emerson with cast member Emma Benson.

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