P2P raises more than $150,000 for scholarships
The Person-to-Person BBQ fundraiser brought in more than $150,000 for the P2P scholarship program Sept. 13.
"This is only the second time in as many years that P2P has hosted a fundraising event on this scale; the first being the inaugural Blues & BBQ Benefit that was held in 2012," P2P Executive Director Ceci Maher said.
Some of the 200 guests included P2P Scholar alumni Jennypher Alabre, Lucas Codognolla, Kashaine Ferryman, Boris Gonzalez, Anthony Harris, Tim Hodges, Bethany Ingraham, Steven Jean-Paul, Andrea Lopez, Patricia Billie Miller, Andres Morales-Guzman, Petersen Seth Pierre, Jasmine Prezzie, Grzegorz Rdzak, Yves Victorin and Rebecca Wilson.
Other guests included U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, state Sens. Bob Duff and Carlo Leone, state Reps. Gail Lavielle, Patricia Billie Miller and William Tong, Mayor David Martin of Stamford and Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk.
Ashleigh Banfield, the television journalist who lives in Darien, served as the event's honorary chairman and master of ceremonies. An auction prize included a private tour and lunch at the studios of CNN New York, where Banfield serves as an anchor and host of a midday show.
"From the very beginning, P2P recognized the need to go beyond the basics of food, clothing and shelter to achieve our mission," Maher said. "Education is the clearest path out of poverty and changes the trajectory not only of a student but of a family."