New Covenant Center’s Harvest Table a Big Success!
November 16th, 2016

Honorary Chair Sarita Hanley (l) and Guest Speaker John Barricelli (r)

Stamford, CT: On Sunday November 13th, New Covenant Center held the 6th Annual Harvest Table at The Italian Center in Stamford. The sold-out event hosted over 290 people who enjoyed the Market Place food demonstrations, 100+ silent auction itema, and a 6 item Golden Raffle. During the luncheon, guests heard first from Sarita Hanley, the Honorary Chair, who spoke on how New Covenant Center is part of her personal mission to help those in need. John Barricelli, Guest Speaker/owner of SoNo Baking Company and former PBS host, shared his life story and how giving back by donating food is an honor and family tradition. Hat-TASTIC!, a hat contest with 15 hat wearing contestants was a new feature of the event, and alone raised over $4,200.

Sarita Hanley presents HAT-TASTIC winner Bella with her trophy.

Sarita Hanley presents HAT-TASTIC winner Bella with her trophy.

This year’s Harvest Table set a new record for funds raised for New Covenant Center, with the 6 year total now over $300,000. “Event Director Beth Merrill and her Committee did a phenomenal job in creating a fun, creative and successful environment to promote New Covenant Center’s mission to feed the hungry and to help provide a better life for those in need,” said John Gutman, Executive Director.  “While all elements of the event helped us to exceed our donations goal, equally important is that I am confident many of our guests will spread the word about the work of the 800+ volunteers that currently serve at our facility.” All proceeds go to support New Covenant Center meals, food pantry and human services programs.

Cheese Table Presentation -just one of many at the Harvest Table

Cheese Table Presentation -just one of many at the Harvest Table

We thank our wonderful sponsors and supporters: Sous Chefs: LaRocca Country Market, Bruce & Linda Koe, Pepperidge Farms, and Sarita and Greg Hanley. Pastry Chefs: PWC, XLCatlin, and Lord & Taylor. Maitre’d: Nagi Jewelers, Pitney Bowes, Laure Aubuchon, Diane & Mike Boyd, Fieldpoint Private Bank & Trust, Moira and Pat Colangelo, Mary Ann DiMaggio, Ed & Gina Kearns, Stamford Hospital, RMS Companies, Leslie & Terry Laughren and Lisa & Bob Schultz. In-kind Donors: 90+ Cellars, Zumbach Gourmet Coffee, Pottery Barn, Jade Marketing Solutions, Spiked Seltzer, SoNo Baking Company, Tito’s Vodka and The Italian Center Men’s Club. Media Sponsors: Hearst Media and Moffly Media. The Marketplace Vendors are: Cucina Casalinga, Red Bee Honey, Judy’s Bar & Grill, Artisan Made America, New Canaan Olive Oil, SoNo Baking Company, Nosh Hound Food Truck, 90+ Cellars, Raus Coffee and Pottery Barn.

Some of the guests wearing their best hats.

Some of the guests wearing their best hats.

New Covenant Center opened a new 8,000 sq. ft. facility at 174 Richmond Hill in 2015. New Covenant Center serves hot meals twice a day, 365 days a year. Including the breakfast program and food pantry, it provides over 700,000 meals a year. The new facility includes an efficient and modern kitchen, a welcoming dining area, expanded food storage area and refrigeration, a spacious food pantry area and additional space for other services

Founded nearly 40 years ago, New Covenant Center is an inter-faith project of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, serving the homeless, elderly, disabled, working poor, and children. No one is turned away. There are no requirements to enter the New Covenant Center doors, except a mutual exchange of respect and dignity.

To learn more and to donate, please go to:
Or contact:
John Gutman, Executive Director


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Merton Mourns Beloved Volunteer
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Read All About It – The 100th Anniversary Gala!
September 27th, 2016

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Room to Grow and Room to Roll!
July 21st, 2016

July 18, 2016 – Twelve brand-new yellow tricycles, eighteen shiny red helmets, hundreds of yards of decorative tape, horns, light-up baskets, streamers, stickers — and five creative volunteers — all added up to one amazing community service project at Room to Grow Preschool (RTG) in Norwalk.

During an engagement meeting this past spring between Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) and Epsilon (a global marketing firm), an idea was hatched: what if Epsilon donated new tricycles for the preschool, which is operated by Catholic Charities?


Epsilon volunteer decorating their donated tricycle.

Taking it up a notch, what if the Epsilon folks do what they do best … create something extraordinary out of something … ordinary?

And that’s just what happened. As part of their “Summer of Service,” project, Epsilon employees from the Wilton office submitted an internal application for a $2500 grant to pursue the RTG project idea. Once the application was approved, it was game on, and a cadre of Epsilon employees showed up at RTG in mid-July ready to bedazzle and bedeck the tricycles and helmets into the stuff that pre-school dreams are made of.

For over three hours the volunteers affixed horns and baskets to handle bars, rolled yards and yards of colorful duct tape around tricycle frames, attached license plates to seats and emblazoned helmets with glitzy stickers.

 Grow Preschoolers enjoying their new wheels!

Grow Preschoolers enjoying their new wheels!

And then, the Epsilon crew rolled its festive fleet out onto the playground, where a dozen squealing students skipped over to the trikes, jumped on, and rolled away with glee.

To learn more about Epsilon or Room to Grow, go to and

To view more pictures from this event, click here.


Written by Ellen McGinness

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