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Fox Adds Full Timer, Awards Announced

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Maggie Slysz has joined Fox CT as a fulltime member of its morning news team.

maggieSlysz, currently a social media reporter on the Fox CT morning show, has spent the last two years working with FOX CT news on special projects including hosting Northeast Living, and the Holiday Wishes special. She also filled in as a traffic reporter.

“Maggie’s enthusiasm and vibrant personality have been a great addition to the morning news team and we are very pleased that to have her on board full-time.” Fox CT News Director Coleen Marren said.

FOX CT reporter Sarah Cody has been recognized by the Food Allergy Education Network with a 2014 Hero Award.

Cody received the honor for raising awareness about dangerous food allergies through her “Mommy Minute” reports on Fox CT news.

For the past three years, the Food Allergy Education Network has presented the “Hero Award” to individuals in the community who make a difference in keeping children with food allergies safe.

And for those already planning their fall schedules:

aurora1The Aurora Foundation has announced that philanthropist and arts and education advocate Beverly Greenberg has been named its 2014 woman Philanthropist of the Year.

A South Windsor teen, Jeanette Marie Porcello, has been named its 2014 Young Philanthropist.

The two will be honored at the foundation’s annual breakfast at the Hartford Marriot Downtown on Oct. 15. Keynote speaker will be Victoria Budson, founding executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Pratt & Whitney vice president Jill Albertelli and ThinkRisk Underwriting Agency vice president bbash10 (2)Joseph “Jay” Arcata have been named co-chairmen of this year’s Camp Courant Buddy Bash on Sept. 19 at the camp in Farmington.

The “Superheroes” themed party will honor The Hartford Financial Services and Fox Ct’s Jim Altman.


Camp Courant Kicks Off 120th Anniversary

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courantcamp2courantcamp3As everyone wrestles with winter, there was a group over at Arch Street Tavern Wednesday who had their collective minds set on something else. Camping.

“I can’t wait till summer when the buses pull up to Camp Courant and the kids pile out,” said Camp Courant executive director Josh Reese at the fundraiser marking the kick-off for the camp’s 120th anniversary.

The Farmington facility, the largest free day camp in the nation, provides free summer camping programs to Hartford youths.

Among those at the fundraiser was board chairman Gene Sheehan, the PR king from Sullivan & LeShane who will be stepping down from the board this year.

“I’ve been on for 17 years and we have a reenergized, vibrant organization,” said Sheehan who has been on the board for 17 years and served as president for the past several years.  “We hacourantcamp1ve come full circle. It’s time to pass it on to the next generation.”

Other topics of discussion were the pending Valentine’s Day holiday and Northeast Utility manager Tom Dorsey had a love story to share.

“I was named after Tommy Dorsey,” he confessed about his name that is the same as the famed 1940s musician and bandleader. “My mother and father met at the Lake Compounce ballroom were Tommy Dorsey was playing,” he explained, referring to the Bristol park ballroom that in it heyday was a renowned band/dance venue

Camp Courant “Buddy Bash” A Super Hero Thrill

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bud1Anybody who has ever been to summer camp knows that its trademark characteristics include just plain fun.

And so it was at Friday’s Camp Courant “Buddy Bash,” an evening that was made even more fun because guests were invited to dress up to reflect the  fundraiser’s “Super Hero” theme.

As such, the guest list included The Shadow (John Cassidy,) Wonder Woman, (Erin Concepcion) Superman (Julio Concepcion) and The Green Hornet (Sean Meehan.) Throw in a few Batmen, Black Widows and Spidermen and one very suave “Bond, James Bond (Charlie Lenore) and it turned into a party with superhuman powers, the kind of extraordinary powers that have kept one of the nation’s oldest non-profit summer camps in business for nearly 120 years.

Thebbash10 (2) bash at the campgrounds in Farmington , chaired by HYPE’s Julie Daly Meehan (Kato) and Sullivan & LeShane’s Gene Sheehan(Clark Kent) not only included a dine-around with food from some of the area’s most popular restaurants, but also some awards for those who have been really “buddies” to the camp. Honored this year were Fox Ct news director Coleen Marren and Bank of America vice president Dean Andrews.

The evening marked the first “Buddy Bash” for new camp director Josh Reese, who ditched the costume idea and fantasy hero worship, arriving instead in a suit and fresh haircut.

“I have to give a speech so thought these clothes were better,” he said about his business attire. “But as far as my favorite super hero, I would have to say it was Batman. He was just a real guy.”

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New “WeHa” Event to Benefit Camp Courant

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A new fundraiser is coming to West Hartford and it will be benefiting a couple of good causes inlcuding its ‘Town That Cares Fund’ and Camp Courant.  Here’s the scoop:

“The Town That Cares Fund and Camp Courant have been chosen as the charities benefiting from the 1st Annual WeHa Whiskey Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Chivas Regal, Dewar’s, Hartford Advocate, Hartford Magazine, Knob Creek, Maximum Beverage, Radio 104.1 FM, and The Glenlivet.

 “We’re very grateful the organizers have chosen us,” said Suzanne M. Oslander, community partnerships manager for the town’s Department of Human and Leisure Services. The department oversees the Town That Cares, a special fund that helps West Hartford residents experiencing a crisis situation that hinders their ability to pay for utility bills, food, shelter costs, medical expenses and other critical needs. More than 1,000 households received assistance from the Town That Cares fund last year.

 “Partnering together on events like this does make a difference,” said McKinley Albert, director of development for Hartford’s CampCourant. “It costs $25 per day, per child, a total of $750 for one child to go to camp.” The largest free day camp in the nation, the organization sends 600 Hartford children ages 5 through 12 to camp for six weeks, providing round-trip transportation from Hartford to the Farmington campsite and two nutritious meals a day.

Contributions from the community are needed to maintain both of the charities the festival is benefiting.

The trade show style event will feature up to 30 tables and 150 items for tasting, including various brands of whiskey, bourbon and scotch. Patrons will receive a glass embossed with the sponsors’ logos to use for tasting and as a keepsake. They will also receive gift bags and other giveaways. Radio 104.1 FM (WMRQ), a locally-owned station, will broadcast live at the festival.

 Hors d’oeuvres stations will provide refreshments to complement the variety of spirits being sampled. Tickets are $79.99 per person in advance, and $99.99 at the door.

 In addition to receiving a portion of ticket sales, the charities will benefit from 100 percent of the proceeds from fundraising activities that will take place during the evening, including a raffle, a silent auction and a restaurant battle.

 Like reality TV, chefs from five local restaurants will compete to determine whose creation is the best. The battle is sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, and the recipes must include Jameson as an ingredient. Food tickets will be sold and whichever entree sells the most tickets wins the contest, earning an advertisement on Radio 104.1 FM.

 “There’s an interesting story behind each brand, and we know there are people who want to learn about them and try something new,” said Seth Goldstein, managing partner of Maximum Beverage in Bishops Corner. “Whiskey is a growing category and the festival is an opportunity to educate the public while also raising money for some good causes.”


To purchase tickets, contact Maximum Beverage at 860-761-2541.”


Time For Heat Hartford! It’s The Weekend!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]So it’s the first heat wave of the season but that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying the weekend, a weekend full of choices.

On Thursday, head over to Trinity College for Camp Courant’s “Cartoons For Camp,” a fundraising evening with Courant editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Urban & Global Studies.

Englehart will tell stories and show previously unseen cartoons. This exhibit of original cartoon art is for one night only. Tickets are $75. Information: campcourant.org

alecxanderAlso on Thursday, civil rights lawyer, advocate and author Michelle Alexander will be awarded the 2013 Stowe Prize at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. The evening includes a reception and dinner, book signing and dessert under a tent on the grounds. Information: harriestbeecherstowecenter.org

On Friday East Hartford’s Goodwin College will holds its “Magical Night Under the Big Top” gala to benefit its student scholarships. Honorary chairs are Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his wife, Cathy Malloy. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner and performers. Information: goodwin.edu.

komenSaturday, get your sneakers on and run or walk in Hartford’s 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. There are 5K races, walks, a kid’s race and more at Bushnell Park. You can register for the race Friday at the park, or on Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 8:15 followed by races and walks. The survivor’s breakfast is at 8 a.m. Information:komenct.org

Also on Saturday and Sunday, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford holds its Greek Festival 2013. The festival, held at the cathedral at 433 Fairfield Ave. includes Greek food, pastries, imports, music and dancing. The festival is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

parade (2)Sunday is Parade Day. The Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival del Coqui will be held at the Bushnell Pavilion in Hartford. The parade starts at noon and the festival, from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be food and live performances . Information: hartfordprparade.com.

Also on Sunday, head over to Plainville’s Robertson Airport from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its annual “Wings and Wheels” fundraiser benfitting The Petit Foundation and the Plainville Community Pantry. Classic cars, airplanes, ride, food and entertainment will be featured. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children from five to 11.