Stepping Out around Connecticut in September....

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Photo courtesy of Greenwich Wine + Food

Greenwich native Kathie Lee Gifford moderated a panel discussion among several celebrity chefs at the Greenwich 2018 Wine + Food Festival. Pictured, from left, with Gifford (third from left) are chefs Christian Petroni of Stamford’s Fortina restaurant (and newly crowned Next Food Network Star), Daniel Boulud, Waterbury native Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and Adam Richman.

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The 22nd annual Kelser Charity Challenge, organized by Glastonbury IT consulting firm Kelser Corp., took place in September at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington. The golf tournament, silent auction and dinner raised an estimated $25,000 for the Hospital for Special Care’s new Center for Cognitive Health. From left, Kelser CEO and President Barry Kelly with representatives from Hospital for Special Care in New Britain: Wendy DeAngelo, vice president of development and communications; Linda Glovna, annual giving and special events coordinator; Roseanne Horn, fiscal database analyst; and Deborah Bibbins, board member.

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American Eagle Financial Credit Union hosted Riverfront Recapture’s Big Mo, an annual fundraiser and celebration of positive changes and “mo-mentum” in the capital region, at its new, under-construction headquarters in East Hartford. From left, Harold Blinderman, event chairman of the 2018 Big Mo’ and partner at Day Pitney; Gov. Dannel P. Malloy; Michael Zaleski, chief executive officer of Riverfront Recapture; Dean Marchessault, president and CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union; and Marcia Leclerc, mayor of East Hartford.

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Jim Calhoun, University of Saint Joseph head men’s basketball coach and former coach of the UConn men’s basketball team, was honored by the American Cancer Society at the ninth annual Coaches vs. Cancer NYC Dinner Benefit at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York City.

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Children in Placement held its annual Connecticut CARES luncheon at the Connecticut Convention Center to honor its volunteers and recognize the contributions of children’s advocates in the state. From left, Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller, Children in Placement Executive Director Janet Freimuth, Eagan and WFSB news anchor Mark Zinni.

This article appeared in the November 2018 issue of Connecticut Magazine.You can can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale here.

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