1943 - 2013
ABC has lost a friend. Win Kellogg was a profoundly generous, tireless advocate of ABC and a founding member of the Wilton ABC Board. She and her husband, Spen, were Host Parents to Ray Chambers, our first ABC Scholar to graduate from Wilton High in 1999 who went on to graduate from Brown University and Harvard Business School. Win’s friends and family celebrated her life at a Memorial Service held on March 23, 2013 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. ABC of Wilton remembers Win Kellogg with gratitude and love for all that she contributed to the program.
5th Annual I Dream A World Concert - February 10, 2013
What an awesome Concert! Thank you to all who
performed and everyone who joined us today for the 5th "I Dream A World"
Concert. Conducted by award-winning choral director and composer Rollo Dilworth and featuring performances by the inspirational ensemble Songs of Solomon, the ABC Scholars, and Wilton's Middlebrook School Choir. Enjoy these pictures.
Sailing on Escapade - September 3, 2012
For a special field trip, Moses Alexander took all the scholars and their Resident Directors boating
on Long Island Sound in his beautiful sailboat, Escapade...
Getting to Know You - August 26, 2012
As the scholars were with us for the first Sunday before school began, Cinzia had
the great idea of going to the beach. We packed everyone (and the grill) into
the cars and headed to Sherwood Island Park. The scholars had fun in the sun and got to know each other and their Resident Directors a bit better.
ABC Welcome Picnic - August 25, 2012
This year's gathering to welcome our ABC scholars to Wilton for another new school year got off without a hitch. Unlike last year's picnic which was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene, the weather was beautiful. New and current scholars, their families, host families, and a bevy of other ABC volunteers got together to say hello at the Trackside Teen Center.
15th Anniversary - Keeping the Dream Alive Gala, June 9, 2012
ABC of Wilton celebrated fifteen wonderful years of preparing minority youth for a higher education and creating a more diverse Wilton with a Gala event at Dolce Norwalk. We welcomed 'home' thirteen of Wilton High School's 24 ABC graduates including Ray Chambers (WHS 1999, Brown University, Harvard School of Business), our very first graduate. Chris Payne (WHS 2008, Amherst College) gave a heartfelt Keynote Address that moved some of the 200 guests to tears. Chris's ABC host father from his Wilton days, Chris Fuentes, proudly introduced him with a touching description of his ABC son and the close relationship they share. Friends of ABC - new and old -danced to live music and bid generously on live and silent auction items that benefited the ABC of Wilton program. The event coincided with celebrating the graduation of our first class of female ABC Scholars from WHS. Thank you for your support, Wilton and all our many generous friends near and far! Here's to the next 15 years of ABC graduates...
XL Global Day of Giving at ABC - May 4, 2012
A team of 16 professionals from the insurance company XL Group, including the Chief Executive of their Insurance segment, Greg Hendrick, joined 9 ABC volunteers at the two ABC Houses lugging chain saws, shovels and hedge clippers on a day that began with thunderstorms. The clouds gave way to sun as the group worked at a blistering pace to roof the new chicken coop, clear the chicken coop area and then set the coop in place, clear tangles of vine and brush from the property and driveway, and also weed, prune and mulch planting beds at both properties. It was rewarding for everyone to see what could be accomplished in a solid day's work when we're pulling together for a common cause.
The 3rd annual I Dream A World concert was the best yet! Composer Rollo Dillworth conducted the Middlebrook School and the Brooklyn School of Performing Arts choirs. For the first time, the ABC scholars both presented the concert and performed for the Wilton community. They put on quite a show:
JP opened the concert with a song
Onessa and Damaris choreographed and danced the salsa
Rey, Hui and Barry accompanied the choirs on trumpet and cello
JR, Sophie, Zourry, Selena, and Amanda spoke and introduced performers
ABC's very own Board member Adrienne Reedy showed off our scholars and sang rousingly to the crowd.
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