Letter to the Editor


Summer Soiree for Staying Put in New Canaan. L-R: Susie Catlin, Ross Catlin, Maureen Munro, Robin Bates-Mason

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Dear Editor,

On Thursday June 6th, Staying Put in New Canaan held their annual Summer Soirée. The fundraiser allows our member-based, volunteer-supported, nonprofit organization to help older New Canaan residents live confidently at home and stay engaged in the community by providing practical services and social connections.

A cross-section of New Canaanites – from Board members and donors, to volunteers, members and friends – gathered at Waveny House to enjoy the celebration with food from Chef Jeff’s BBQ & Catering and music courtesy of volunteer, Kevin Stagg.

Staying Put’s Summer Soirée was a huge success due to the incredible support from our generous sponsors and our local businesses and merchants. We are greatly appreciative to the following:


  • Besty and Fred Afragola
  • The Anderson Fund
  • Friends of Staying Put


  • American Industrial Partners
  • Another Friend of Staying Put
  • Thomas Ayoub and Christine Dombrowski
  • Bankwell
  • Brickley Law
  • Anthony Domino
  • Franco Wine Merchants
  • Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists
  • Karl Chevrolet
  • Karp Associates- The Karp Family
  • New Canaan Pharmacy
  • Walter Stewart’s Market
  • Waveny LifeCare Network


  • The Country Club of New Canaan
  • Deane, Inc.
  • Hobbs, Inc.
  • Susan and Ned Leeming
  • New Canaan Foreign Car
  • Oasis Senior Advisors
  • Rita and Herb Schaeffer


  • Cross Private Client Insurance (Rand)
  • Denise Gannalo, Realtor
  • Hoyt Funeral Home
  • HTG Investment Advisors
  • Karp & Langerman PC
  • Lampert, Toohey & Rucci, LLC
  • Lions Club of New Canaan
  • New Canaan Wine Merchants
  • Privatus Care Solutions – Pat Kenny

Media Sponsor:

  • Bedford & New Canaan Magazine

Additionally, thank you to the many local businesses and community members who donated goods and services to make the evening special:

  • CinemaLab/The Playhouse
  • Elm Street Books
  • Emily Candee, Vine Floral Design
  • Gates
  • The Glass House
  • Grace Farms
  • Julia Balentine Fine Jewelry
  • Locali
  • Lyn Chivvis Massage
  • Mayflower Home Organizing
  • Nantucket Monogram
  • New Canaan Chamber Music
  • New Canaan Healthfare
  • PennyWeights
  • Salon 5 East
  • Spiga
  • The Summer Theater of New Canaan
  • Taylor’s Luggage
  • The Whitney Shop

A special thank you to the New Canaan Recreation Department for their continued support of this event. And my sincere appreciation to our excellent staff, especially Robin Bates-Mason, who coordinated the event, our outstanding Board of Directors who rolled up their sleeves and made it happen, and all of our dedicated volunteers.

We greatly appreciate the support of all our sponsors, donors and guests.

With many thanks,

Peter Ziesing

President of the Board, Staying Put in New Canaan

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