Childplan Inc. annual holiday breakfast honors supporters
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Mon., Dec. 12, 2011
The members and supporters of East Hartford Childplan Inc. gathered Dec. 6 for the organization's annual holiday breakfast. The event, held at the Hartford Plaza Hotel, recognized people and organizations whose work benefits children and families in East Hartford.
Childplan Inc. is a non-profit advocacy agency made up of 30 different organizations that provide programs and services to children and families. Childplan Inc. has helped develop school-based health care centers and created the new Family Resource Center, which opened earlier this year at East Hartford Middle School. Childplan Inc. also provides grants for after-school programs, and publishes a family resource directory. .
Community leaders at the annual breakfast included former Mayor Melody Currey, state Sen. Gary Lebeau, Mayor Marcia Leclerc, Youth Services Director Cephus Nolen, and East Hartford Chamber of Commerce members.
Pugliese announced his recent decision to return to Waterbury and to step down from his position at the Chamber and from the board of Childplan. ”Working in East Hartford felt like home from the moment I got here,'' said Pugliese, who added that he will continue to work at Goodwin College. “I want to thank everyone I came in contact with here in East Hartford. It's a great town.''
Circle of Life founders Regina and Herbert Barall and state Rep. Henry Genga were honored for their work with the organization. “We are the envy across the state for the partnerships we have here,'' said Childplan Inc. President Susan Keane.
Carmen Siberon, program officer for the William Caspar Graustein, was the recipient of an award named in memory of a former head of Childplan, Nancy Fitzgerald. "Your insistence on our growing as an organization made us stretch ourselves,'' Keane said. "You are helping us to be the best we can be.''