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Greenwich boutique hosts awareness and fundraising event for Don Bosco Community Center

October 10, 2016

GREENWICH — The Greenwich Avenue boutique Anne Fontaine hosted an evening of shopping and socializing last month to celebrate the one year anniversary of Ann Heekin becoming executive director of the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester, N.Y.

“I would call it a reunion of sorts,” said Heekin. “I chose Anne Fontaine because it’s a lovely space and they were open to hosting this kind of gathering.”

The goal of the event was “friend-raising,” or creating awareness about the Don Bosco Center’s work, said Beba Errichetti, who helped coordinate the event. Approximately 40 people attended.

In addition, the two-hour event raised about $600 for the Don Bosco Community Center through clothing purchased from Anne Fontaine. 15 percent of any item bought from the boutique during the event went to the community center in the form of a donation from Anne Fontaine.

“It was an enjoyable and successful evening,” said Cindy King, general manager of Anne Fontaine.

Since 1928, Don Bosco Community Center of Port Chester has served the needs of Latino and minority youth and their families.

The community center has two initiatives new this year: an early childhood bilingual language program, created by Greenwich resident Martha Sud, and Don Bosco Scholars, a first generation college access program, which features many mentors from Greenwich.

The center also focuses on feeding many of its 500 members. A nutritious evening meal is served each weeknight and lunch on Saturday. During the daytime, the Center supports the needs of seniors and other adults through a daily communal lunch and food pantry. More than 3,000 meals are served and 400 households assisted with groceries each month.

Don Bosco is an organization of the Catholic Salesians of Don Bosco. The second largest religious order in the world, it serves the poor in 130 countries and was founded more than 200 years ago by St. John Bosco.

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