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Darien Wine Sipping Brings Sparkle, Pays For Arts And Scholarships

Susan Cator of the Darien Chamber of Commerce, Amy Allen of the Darien Arts Center, Kathryn Doran of the Depot Advisory Board, Kathy Arrix of the Depot Advisory Board and Bill Jensen of the Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation.
Susan Cator of the Darien Chamber of Commerce, Amy Allen of the Darien Arts Center, Kathryn Doran of the Depot Advisory Board, Kathy Arrix of the Depot Advisory Board and Bill Jensen of the Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn.-- The town's holidays will sparkle again this year with help from a recent Darien Chamber of Commerce donation.

The 2016 Wine Tasting and Silent Auction enabled the Chamber to give money to the Depot, the Darien Arts Center and the Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation for scholarships and the annual Darien Holiday Lights event.

“We are so honored to be a recipient of the funds from the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Wine Tasting Event. This event is always a great evening with the local business people and organizations of Darien. The funds donated by the Darien Chamber of Commerce are vital to supporting the Depot - Darien Youth Center," said Kathy Arrix and Kathryn Doran, co-presidents of the Depot Advisory Board.

Funds donated to the Depot will be used to make much-needed improvements to the building.

"After 27 years of use by Darien youth, our building needs some basic maintenance and updating to ensure the safety and comfort of our community."

In addition, a portion of the funds will be used to hire a new Executive Development Director.

"The hiring of an EDD is the next step in our growth and long-term goals," Arrix and Doran said. "Thank you to the Darien Chamber of Commerce, fellow recipient Darien Arts Center and the attendees of this year's event. The youth of Darien, the staff of the Depot and the Depot Board of Directors appreciate and thank you for your support.”

The Danbury Arts Center will use funds donated to them to enhance educational programs and events in dance, visual arts, music, and theater, according to the executive director Amy Allen.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude for, once again, being the recipient of the generous support of the Darien Chamber of Commerce," said Allen. "The Darien Arts Center has been dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community for over 40 years. As a non-profit that is solely funded by private donations, grants, tuition fees and ticket sales, local community support like that of the Chamber is vital to our existence.”

Money from the Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation will be used for four scholarships, two of which will be given to Darien High School students and two to be given to a family member or employee of a Chamber member for their kids. Money from the Charitable Foundation will also be used to support the decorating and lighting of Darien for the Holiday Lights event.

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