The members of the Thriving Youth Task Force (a subcommittee of the Community Fund of Darien) would like to thank the close to 125 people who participated in Darien's third annual Family Day Dinner at the Darien YMCA on Friday, Sept. 26.

Family Day -- A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children was launched in 2001 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Family Day is a national movement that reminds parents that the engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America's kids substance free. Family meals are the perfect time to talk to your kids and to listen to what's on their mind. The more often kids eat dinner with their families; the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors. Dinner makes a difference.

Thanks to Heights Pizza for providing a delicious dinner. And thanks as well to the members of the Thriving Youth's YAT (Youth Asset Team) and the Darien Youth Commission for offering their hands-on support at this event.

We are incredibly grateful to the YMCA and the wonderful staff who work there. They once again graciously hosted this event granting families the chance to enjoy each other's company in a stress-free, fun-filled environment. Whether folks chose to play gym games, enjoy arts and crafts in the community room, relax in the fabulous pool, or simply commune over a meal, everyone felt welcome -- and at home -- at the YMCA on Friday evening.

For additional information on the Thriving Youth Task Force and the importance of its role in our children's development, visit www.thrivingyouthdarien.org.

Erika Morro

Alicia Sillars

Thriving Youth Task Force co-chairwomen