Wellness Day fundraiser benefits Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County

 

The Art of Control added a little heart to its mind/body programming May 11, when it hosted a yoga and Pilates fundraising event to support Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County. Participants focused on strengthening, stretching, and stamina while working through a variety of yoga, Pilates apparatus and mat exercises. The wellness day event was held at Synergy Health and Fitness in Stamford, with all proceeds going to Clothes To Kids, which provides new and quality used clothing to low-income or in-crisis school age children in Fairfield County, Connecticut—free of charge.

It was an inspiring evening, full of great core work and overall conditioning and good vibes, led by top Pilates instructors”, says Leslie Caney Berni, owner of Breathe Fitness LLC, who attended the event.

Instructors included Art of Control owner Simona Cipriani, a second-generation Authentic Pilates instructor for 20 years, and expert yoga and Pilates instructor Francine Morina. CTKF is grateful to our wonderful partners at the Art of Control!

 

 

You doubled our FC Giving Day donations this year, thank you!!

Thank you for all of your support of Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County yesterday (03.09.17) during Fairfield County’s Giving Day.  This was our second year participating in Giving Day and thanks to your generosity we were able to raise $5,724. That’s more than twice what we raised last year!

The gifts we received will help keep our racks full for all of the amazing kids that visit our store. At $50 per wardrobe, your donations will provide one week’s worth of school clothes for 114 children in-need!

24 Hours to Give Where You Live! Fairfield County Giving Day is 03.09.17

Come together with other donors in the region during this 24-hour event and make an incredibly powerful, collective impact by supporting your favorite local nonprofits.

Last year, our first year of participation in Fairfield County Giving Day, we raised over $2,300. This year Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County hopes to recruit as many individual donors as possible to help us win the $20,000 grand prize for the organization that receives the highest number of $10+ donations from individual donors.

On March 9th:

  • Go to FCGives.org
  • Donate $10 or more to Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County
  • Spread the word!  #FairfieldCountyGives

$50 will provide one child with a full week’s worth of school clothes. Give where you live on March 9th and help us reach our goals!

Register in advance and we’ll send you a reminder email :^)

CTKF’s First Annual “Cook For Kids” Fundraiser Recap

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On the evening of Thursday, December 1st, Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County (“CTKF”) held its first fundraising event, “Cook for Kids”. The much-anticipated event was sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and took place at Aitoro Appliance & Electronics of Norwalk, CT. With over 170 tickets sold, by 6pm, the store was filled with community members in attendance to support CTKF. Aitoro served as the perfect space for the local chefs cooking their delicious creations. Attendees were eager to get a taste of each talented chef’s freshly prepared food.

The Blind Rhino, Romanacci, HAPA Food Truck, Via Sforza, The Mumbai Times, Osteria Romana, Chef Luis, Susan Kane Catering, Grana Pastificio, Washington Prime, Mac It, A Dash of Salt, DiMare Pastry Shop, Garelick & Herbs, Saugatuck Sweets, and Donut Crazy were among the generous and well-regarded chefs, restaurants, and bakers cooking for kids. With various chefs dispersed throughout the store, groups of attendees were drawn in around every appetizing station. The selection of foods were complimented by great quality wines provided by Giovana’s Wine & Spirits. The evening’s atmosphere was set by singer/guitarist Vinnie Ferrone as guests mingled and learned more about CTKF.

CTKF’s Executive Director Elaine Rubinson spoke about the organization’s mission, activities and progress since the grand opening on October 13th, 2016, and recognized the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford – Yerwood Clubhouse Executive Director Mike Cotela for his continued and valued support. Carolina Ahumada, a Social Service Professional at Family Centers of Greenwich, CT, shared inspiring feedback from her clients that have shopped in the store. Carolina described the joy and excitement of her clients receiving quality, clean clothing through shopping at CTKF.

 

 

Star 99.9’s radio host Anna Zapp worked her magic, keeping the crowd energized and excited as she promoted the silent auction items, the “Drop Your Cash” collection for new underwear and socks, and the raffle. Guests waited patiently for the results of the highly sought-after auction items, as they sparked lots of buzz throughout the evening. Donors included:

Southwest Airlines, Chef Luis, Morina Pilates and Yoga, Ralph Lauren, Merrill Lynch, The New York Rangers, The New York Giants, Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Bartaco, Rizzutto’s, She lala, Evander Preston, Art of Control, Earth Animal, CST50, Julien Farel, Oak Hills Golf Club, Dream Spa, The Whelk, Quattro Pazzi, Kramer Little Expressions, JaaFar Tazi Salon, Chop Shop Cooking, Quattro Pazzi, Southern Dermatology, Indulge By Mersene, Savin Center, Okemo Mountain Resort, Big Apple Health Center,Bull’s Head Pet Hospital, Family Tree Yoga, Giovana’s Wine & Spirits, Frame and Save, Westport Eyecare Associates, Wendy and Larry Albert, Suited Co., Back 40 Mercantile, The Whelk, Elyse Brown, Total Wine & More, Colonial Framing, Muscular Therapy, Steve Berni, Estate Jewelry, Millie Rae’s and Dirt Floral.

CTKF’s first annual “Cook for Kids” proved to be a success, raising over $19,000. CTKF is extremely grateful for the wonderful support received for this event from the Fairfield County community, restaurants and chefs, local companies and businesses, and organizations. The organization would like to extend its thanks to Tony Aitoro for making this event possible. CTKF would also like to recognize its Event Committee members, Alexandra Briggs Kling, Livia Feig, Craig Wood, Carrie Franzese, Steve Berni, and Valerie Fischel, as well as the volunteers for their incredible efforts and dedication in organizing this event! Funds raised from “Cook for Kids” will go directly to the CTKF store’s operational and client clothing needs.

Join us as we make a difference in Fairfield County communities. For more about ways to get involved with CTKF, click here.

We’ve joined the movement! #GivingTuesday is Nov 29

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Help us clothe a child and change a life

This year, Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County will celebrate the official start of the charitable giving season on #GivingTuesday!

On Tuesday, November 29 individuals, communities and organizations around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Get involved on #GivingTuesday and help Clothes To Kids make a difference for low-income and in-crisis students in Fairfield County. $50 provides one child with a full week’s worth of school clothes. 

Join CTKF on #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016.   

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community and your company to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join the movement!

Open House & Ribbon Cutting Mark the Official Grand Opening of the CTKF Store

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The Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County (CTKF) store opened its doors to the public for a three-day open house event, September 28-30. Guest of honor Stamford Mayor David Martin led the ribbon cutting ceremony as Executive Director Elaine Rubinson proudly looked on. The CTKF team worked tirelessly over the prior four months to reach this highly anticipated moment, and were thrilled to welcome professionals from public schools, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local companies to the open house.

The work that has gone into building, organizing, and maintaining the CTKF store is a collaborative effort from the organization’s enthusiastic founders, board members, and volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to its mission: to provide new or gently used clothing to children in critical need in grades K-12 in Fairfield County communities, all free of charge.

This summer the team was hard at work securing donations, spreading awareness throughout the community, establishing operational and fundraising plans, and renovating the store in order to create a larger, more functional space. Upon stepping foot inside the newly finished and fully stocked CTKF Store, located in Stamford’s Yerwood Center-Boys & Girls Club, shoppers are greeted with a warm, bright, and welcoming atmosphere. Tidy racks and cubbies are filled with clean, quality clothing. Fun, colorful signage and an easy-to-navigate layout for both youth and young adult clothing, are clear indicators that this space has been well-prepared for shoppers. The “back room” serves as a work space where incoming donations from retail stores, individual donors, and community drives can be washed, sorted, hung up on hangers, placed in bins, or folded.

Elaine Rubinson brings her social service background and expertise to CTKF. She possesses an awareness and understanding that there are circumstances in which it may be financially challenging for parents/guardians to provide new clothing for their children, and is committed to giving families access to well-fitting clothing, free of charge. Over 33% of school age children living in Fairfield County are eligible to shop in the store, which indicates that many families in these communities can benefit from CTKF’s services.

Families and children seeking clothing will find friendly, upbeat and knowledgeable volunteers ready to assist them with their overall shopping experience. CTKF volunteers include high school teens, college students, church and bible study groups, individual community members, local professionals, and those who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth.

We are always looking for new volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering your time to collect or sort items, host a drive, provide operational support, be a personal shopper, or donate gently used/new clothing, please contact Elaine Rubinson at (203) 533-9846 or info@clothestokidsfairfieldcounty.org.

Please consider joining us as we continue in our efforts to clothe a child, change a life!

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Open House at the CTKF Store

 

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Do you know a school child (K-12) in Fairfield County who needs clothing?  Visit the Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County open house to learn how they can receive two free wardrobes a year!

Our mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to students from low-income or in-crisis families. Students receiving free or reduced lunch letter are eligible to shop at CTKF. Referrals are made by approved community advocates, such as teachers, guidance counselors, and social workers.

Please swing by the new CTKF Store if you are interested in referring a student or a family, or want to learn more about Clothes To Kids. We’d love to meet you!

CTKF Open House

September 28, 29, and 30 — 12:00-2:00pm
Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County Store
Located in the Yerwood Center-Boys & Girls Club
90 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford
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Stop by on the 29th for a ribbon cutting ceremony with Stamford Mayor David Martin, Mike Cotela (Executive Director of the Yerwood Center-Boys & Girls Club), and Elaine Rubinson (Executive Director of Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County).

 

For more information, contact Elaine Rubinson at (203) 533-9846 or elainer@clothestokidsfairfieldcounty.org.

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Save the Date! Cook for Kids Fundraiser, Dec 1

 

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Join Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County as we host our first annual Cook for Kids Fundraiser!

December 1, 2016
6-8pm @ Aitoro in Norwalk CT

Come prepared for a special evening filled with great food and great wine. Watch local chefs in action as they prepare their favorite appetizers. Silent auction and live music too.

All proceeds will benefit Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County.

Join us for brunch on May 15!

Join us for brunch on May 15!

Get to know Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County and join us for a free brunch on May 15!

We’re excited to share our story with members of the community. Come to learn more about our organization and our many volunteer opportunities.

We will also be accepting clothing donations, so jump into your spring cleaning early and bring any clothing donations for kids (K-12th grade) with you! See our complete list of accepted items.

Brunch details

Sunday, May 15, 2016
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20 Forest Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Click here to RSVP
Click here for the event flyer

**Please RSVP by May 11**

Who we are

Clothes To Kids was founded in 2002 in Clearwater, Florida. Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County is a new affiliate, started in fall 2015 to serve low-income or in-crisis school age children in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to these children, all free of charge.We envision a community in which every child has quality clothing so that he or she may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success.