The Community Fund of Darien

presented a grant of $22,000 to Building One Community’s Center for Immigrant Opportunity. This grant supports the enhancement of Building One Community’s job preparation programs, which teach the skills needed by low-income immigrants to earn a living wage and support themselves and their families.

Building One Community — formerly Neighbors Link Stamford — is a nonprofit organization, established in 2011, that provides a comprehensive resource center for immigrants in the greater Stamford area.

Funding will help further develop Building One Community’s English as a second language programming, skills development program and hiring site. These services supported by the Community Fund of Darien will empower clients to thrive in the American workforce and pave their own paths to active community involvement.

Jake Catalanotto, a resident of Darien and a film, photography, video and visual arts major, was named to the dean’s list in Ithaca College’s School of Communications for the spring semester.

Connecticut residents who got lucky playing lottery games last month include Patrick Larkin, of Darien. Larkin won $50,000 on a Powerball ticket sold at Smart Foods of Darien.

Liliana Saffa, a native of Darien, graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College’s School of Music with a degree in performance. The degree was awarded in May.

A warm summer night, three long tables set with white linens and sparkling lights and a local band at Waterbury Field in Darien will set the scene for the third annual Farm to Table Event hosted by the Darien Land Trust Aug. 26.

A three-course dinner will be served in the field by Tim LaBant catering, which specializes in fresh, local fare. Wine pairing recommendations for the menu will be created by WinePort of Darien.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Busker, an acoustic pop/rock band, featuring Darienite Kevin Bannerton on drums and vocals.

The Farm to Table Event was created to celebrate the success the Land Trust has had in preserving more than 200 acres in Darien. Their mission is to permanently preserve open space in Darien, providing the community with environmentally rich habitats, scenic vistas, opportunities for educational experiences and the quiet enjoyment of nature.

Several local businesses have lent their support as sponsors of the event, including Baywater Properties, Rings End, BMW of Darien, Darien Rowayton Bank, MacGuire, Cheswick & Tuttle Investment Counsel, LLC and Rowayton Wine Shop and Wine Port of Darien. BMW of Darien has generously donated a bicycle to be presented at random to a lucky guest at the event.

The DLT receives land through a combination of gifts from property owners and, in certain instances, direct purchase of the land. Once the land is under DLT protection, trustees begin an active stewardship program. Waterbury Field was permanently preserved through a combination gift by the Joslin family and purchase in 2008.

Over the past year, Waterbury Field, which is adjacent to the Wee Burn Country Club, has been transformed with a demonstration landscape showcasing native plant species.

To join the Darien Land Trust for the Farm to Table Event at Waterbury Field, purchase tickets at

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children 6 to 18 who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at or 203-517-3346.