Three decades ago, Darien Sport Shop bought Darien EMS Post 53 its first ambulance. Last year, the store held a semi-annual shopping event to help raise hundreds of dollars for the organization, store President Gina Zangrillo says.
I learned from my father that giving back is very important," said the New Canaan resident. "Were happy that were able to do it.
The 66-year-old family business is the title sponsor for the towns Fourth of July fireworks display and the NFL Alumni Charity Golf Classic held annually at the Country Club of Darien. It is also a regular contributor to the Push-n-Pull Parade at the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk.
Zangrillo says her approach to philanthropy mirrors the way she owns and operates the store, which sells everything from sunglasses to ski equipment. If were going to sponsor an event, we want to make it the best it can be. Were going to do it the Darien Sport Shop way."
Zangrillo and her team also lend support to organizations such as Davids House Inc. and a variety of childrens charities. In September, Darien Sport Shop will raise awareness of the blood disorder, Immune Thrombocytopenic Porpura, or ITP, by sponsoring the ITP Foundations ITPMan Triathlon and ITPKIDS Duathlon.
The Darien Sport Shop has become a community anchor over the years, Zangrillo says. Thats why it has even more of a responsibility to give back locally, she says.
We do it for no other reason than we love to, she said of her company's commitment to community service.
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