December 7th, 2017
Jay Piccirillo was born and raised in Bridgeport. His father Andy ran Micalizzi’s Italian Ice on Madison Avenue until he died at the early age of 38. The business was then taken over by Jay’s mother, Lucille, who had to learn everything on the spot. This year, Micalizzi’s celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary in the heart of Bridgeport with Jay running the show. He is focused on broadening the company brand via social media and branching out through local area restaurants, but his heart remains in Bridgeport.
An example of this could be seen the Saturday following Thanksgiving when Micalizzi’s hosted their annual Christmas party in their parking lot right on Madison Avenue. Jay himself played Santa, handing out gifts to every child that visited. Christmas movies and music played in the background as guests enjoyed complimentary donuts and hot cocoa. Characters like Olaf and Mickey Mouse wandered around greeting the kids and taking pictures.
The event was also an opportunity to give back to the community where they are located. Since he was a young boy and a student at St. Patrick’s, Jay remembers volunteering at the Thomas Merton Center. This is why he decided to ask everyone who attended the event to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Thomas Merton Center’s food pantry. Jay himself then delivered the donation to Brian Jenkins and Sabin Kuczo at the Thomas Merton Center which is located on Madison Avenue just down the street from Micalizzi’s. According to Jay, “The Thomas Merton Center is a vital part of Bridgeport and helps those who need it the most.” Jay and Sabine are old friends, as Sabine is a “long time customer” of Micalizzi’s. But Jay and Brian met for the very first time, a relationship between the local business owner and soup kitchen Director that they both hope will continue into the future to benefit the people of downtown Bridgeport.
2017 Year End Appeal Gets Underway
December 5th, 2017
Major Collaboration in Danbury
November 29th, 2017
Regional Director Michelle Conderino is a member of the Greater Danbury Commmunity Care Team. This group is vital to coordinating case management services throughout the Danbury area. Check out this video which highlights what they do and the different agencies that are involved, including Catholic Charities!
Church Volunteers Serve Thanksgiving Dinner
November 27th, 2017
The Stamford Advocate printed a wonderful story about a group of volunteers from St. Leo’s Parish serving dinner at New Covenant Center on Thanksgiving. The story made the front page! You can read the story in its entirety here.
Successful Harvest Table Launches New Covenant Center Video
November 17th, 2017
What a spectacular Harvest Table! This 7th annual fundraiser, held November 12 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, was one of our best so far. The event was a record-breaking financial success, and topped last year’s attendance with over 300 supporters.
Harvest Table featured a silent auction offering 100 items, delicious varieties of hors d’oeuvres from our Marketplace vendors, and guest speaker Cecily Gans, who spoke about Fighting Food Insecurity One Bite at a Time.
In addition, we were thrilled to unveil a new video about New Covenant to show our guests more about what we do to help those in need. Here’s the link—we hope you’ll take a look:
This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Mike & Diane Boyd, Bruce & Linda Koe, XL Catlin, Nils & Christine Dahl, Greg & Sarita Hanley, Ed & Gina Kearns, Terry & Leslie Laughren, Laure Aubuchon, Clive A. Correia, Darien Rowayton Bank, Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Odell Mays, Narragansett Brewing Company, Pottery Barn, Holly & Dwayne Richardson, Peter & Barbara Ripp, RMS Companies, Bob & Lisa Schultz, Hearst Media Services, Moffly Media, and Pepperidge Farm.