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Event Details

Friday, May 3, 2019

Shorehaven Golf Club
14 Canfield Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Cocktails: 6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Live Auction featuring Robbie Gordy, Christie's: 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail Attire

Child of America Honoree

Theresa Rangel

Theresa Rangel

This year we will be honoring Ms. Theresa Rangel, Principal of Tracey Elementary School, with our Child of America award. Ms. Rangel personifies and illuminates everything the Child of America award represents.

Under Ms. Rangel's leadership, Tracey Elementary School has gone from one of the lowest achieving schools in the district to one of the highest performing. This year Tracey was one of only 14 schools in the entire state to win "distinction" status for both high performance and high growth in English Language Arts and Math, for all students including those with high needs.

Ms. Rangel's school is also recognized nationally for being a School of Character, one of the first to establish a definitive connection between social-emotional learning and student achievement. Criteria for the extremely rigorous School of Character designation are based on 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which include providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership, and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.

Theresa Rangel is a Carver hero!

Keynote Speaker


Tarik A. Brooks

Our Keynote Speaker will be Tarik A. Brooks, Vice President, Office of the Chairman of Combs Enterprises. Mr. Brooks oversees the team that directly supports Chairman Sean "Diddy" Combs who received Carver's Child of America award last year, and he serves as the primary interface across the Combs Enterprises companies and new business opportunities. Prior to Combs Enterprises, Tarik was the COO for the Account Management and Trading department at Bridgewater Associates. Mr. Brooks is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School and he serves on the Carver Board Development Committee.

Gala Committee


Jacqueline Novotny
Stephanie Thomas

Committee Members

Alexandra Baudouin
Erin Berry
Marilyn Altman
Meggan Douglas
Sarah Schimenti
Stephanie Towers
Patrick Steele
Mary Ellen Walsh
Richard Whitcomb
Wendy Winnick-Baskin

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Dalio Foundation
GE Capital
Richard & Barbara Whitcomb Foundation
Stephen M. Sander Foundation

Gala Sponsors

Africa Plan Foundation
Wendy Winnick Baskin & Richard Baskin
Alexandra & Richard Baudouin
Eliane Cordia & Volckert van Reesema
Fairfield County Bank
Peter & Barbara Godfrey
Michael and Karen Gregorich
The Neaderland Family
Jacqueline Novotny & Jonathan Crowe
Patriot Bank
Pinnacle Group by Compass
Theresa & Alejandro Rangel
The Ritter Family Foundation
Sarah & Matthew Schimenti
Fred Wilms

Exclusive Media Sponsor

Moffly Media

About Carver

Carver's Mission: To help children and youth reach their greatest potential by providing educational, social and recreational programs in a positive, safe and fun environment.


At The Carver Foundation of Norwalk, we believe education is the key to success. In partnership with like-minded donors and supporters, we are able to provide after school and summer programs that put this belief into action. Together, we have made tremendous progress to ensure that students across Norwalk receive the opportunities they need to graduate high school on time with college and career in mind. By focusing on students' needs and opening their eyes to new possibilities we have continuously succeeded in improving the futures of Carver kids.

Thanks to you, our very generous donors and partners, Carver has become Norwalk's largest provider of after school programs for 5th to 12th grade students and the largest provider of summer programs for K through 9th grade students. Most recently, Carver has also expanded to Bridgeport with an after school program at the Classical Studies Magnet Academy.

To learn more about us, please visit: carvernorwalk.org

Click Here for 2018 Gala Photos

Check out the fun had at last year's event!

Sean Combs

Contact Us

The Carver Foundation of Norwalk
Questions? Please contact Nikki LaFaye


Shorehaven Golf Club, 14 Canfield Avenue, Norwalk, CT, USA

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