Person-to-Person

recently received two grants and also welcomed new community members to its board, including one Darien resident.

P2P, which provides a low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services, serves Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Bill Bradley, of Weston, and Kim Dickinson, of Stamford, have stepped up their volunteer involvement at P2P, joined by Clare Kretzman, of Stamford, and Tina Madon, of Darien.

Madon is a senior investor relations and corporate communications executive with extensive financial services industry experience, including expertise in the asset management, institutional brokerage and investment banking sectors. She holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Art from Mount Holyoke College.

In other good news, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant for the agency’s Emergency Assistance Program.

Through this program, P2P offers a safety net to low-income and food-insecure residents of Fairfield County in the form of financial assistance, food, clothing, casework counseling and access to a variety of inter-connected services, including assistance with budgeting, advocacy for benefits and referrals to partner agencies. The funding from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will help the agency provide year-round, rapid response to client emergencies and access to a skilled caseworker to provide counseling and referrals.

Last year, P2P provided food, clothing and financial assistance to more than 23,000 men, women and children.

P2P also got another financial boost from the Charity Research Committee of the Young Women’s League of New Canaan, which awarded $2,400 for P2P’s Campership Program.

One of the core programs at P2P, camperships are awarded to elementary school children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. At an average cost of $600 per child, this grant will fund a full summer of day camp for four children.

The Young Women’s League of New Canaan members have long supported the work of Person-to-Person — by volunteering at the agency and with donations over the years.

Darien’s Kristin Gallo, a sociology major, and Anne Johnston, a psychology major, received dean’s list honors for the spring semester at Fairfield University.

In order to be placed on the dean’s list, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in a semester, have no outstanding or incomplete grades for that semester, and have attained a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better.

Mairead Bell Collins, of Darien, has been named to the dean’s list for work completed during the 2016-17 academic year at Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. To receive this designation, a student must have earned academic honors for both semesters of an academic year.

Northfield Mount Hermon is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and a postgraduate year.

Named to the dean’s list at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. for the spring semester was John M. Eng, a sophomore psychology major who is the son of Jeffrey and Susan Eng of Darien and a graduate of Darien High School.

Brian Alter, of Darien, was named to the Marist College dean’s list for the spring semester. Alter is a member of the class of 2018 and is majoring in business administration at the school in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Two Darien natives have been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire in Durham for the spring semester.

Timothy Scolaro received honors for earning a GPA between 3.5 and 3.64. Hannah Procaccini received highest honors for earning a GPA of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0.

The Darien Arts Center sparkled under a starry night reminiscent of Van Gogh’s famous painting at its first fundraising gala, “An Evening Under the Stars.”

The successful benefit June 24 boasted over 100 guests amidst luminous décor in the DAC Weatherstone Studio and garden. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and DAC Board Member Marion Weatherstone spoke at the event that raised critical funds for the DAC and included cocktails and live music.

The fundraiser committee consisted of Jen Osborne, Caitlin Whitacre, Adrienne Kelly, Cristine Foster, Marty Rainbow Hendrickson, Alexandra Taylor, Rebecca Morrison, Anika Charron, Carole Claps, Katherine Crouse, Amanda Davenport, Pam Heckel, Kathryn Mann, Sharon Parr, Mary Stockdale, Carlyle Upson and Susan Willing.

Raffle prizes were donated by Andrew Stefanou Salon and Spa, Kirby and Co., Ten Twenty Post Restaurant and Williams and Co. Sponsors included Darien Rowayton Bank, Pear Tree Point School, Virtual Doorman, Dr. Rhett Drugge, Nestlé Waters, Nedder & Associates, Palmer’s Market, Wine Cellarage, Spiked Seltzer, Browne and Co., Chocolate Works, The Gardener’s Center and Florist, IBM and Moffly Media.

Sloane Clarke, of Darien, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in marketing from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on May 22.