TRUMBULL, Conn. — Martin Schwartz, the retiring president and CEO of the Kennedy Center, will be the guest of honor at the nonprofit’s 53rd annual Four Seasons Ball Crystal Gala.
Planned for the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton, the Nov. 4 event will commemorate Schwartz’ more than 39 years of service at the agency.
A champion for people with intellectual disabilities, the Trumbull resident has touched the lives of thousands of families throughout Connecticut and is nationally recognized in the rehabilitation field.
“Marty is an exceptional leader who has made a difference in the lives of countless people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to achieve their fullest potential,” said Monroe resident Michele Macauda, chairman of the Kennedy Center board of directors. “His passion to serve, visionary leadership and collaborative style have been an inspiration to all of us who have had the pleasure to know and work with him.”
When Schwartz took the helm in 1978, The Kennedy Center was a community-based, non-profit rehabilitation organization founded in 1951 by its namesake Evelyn Kennedy and a dozen parents.
It served fewer than 200 individuals with intellectual disabilities and employed 48.
Now headquartered in Trumbull, The Kennedy Center serves more than 2,000 people from birth through their senior years, employs more than 750 and works with an annual budget of $32 million.
“Marty has played an integral role in Connecticut’s success in supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities,” said Jordan A. Scheff, Connecticut commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
The agency is one of the largest employers in the region and one of the largest rehabilitation organizations in the State of Connecticut.
The ball is being co-chaired by Macauda and Richard Burke, both of Monroe. Ball committee members are : Trumbull residents Vanessa Fahy, Nancy Dennin and Elaine Schwartz; Fairfield residents Corey Allen, Maryla Colandrea, Anne Foley and Allyson Mandelbaum; Shelton residents Bonnie Smith and Dottie Kellersman; Jo Ann McMullan of Westport; Anne Maisner of Easton; Deb Kane of Derby; and Andrea Stevko of Milford.
The black tie-optional evening begins with a social hour with hors d’oeuvres starting at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing to Cracked Ice until midnight.
Tickets are $200 per person. For tickets, visit www.thekennedycenterinc.org . Proceeds will benefit The Kennedy Center’s residential services for people with disabilities.
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