Darien residents recognized by STAR

Darien resident Hope Piorkowski accepts the Joe Mercede Volunteer of the Year Award for her grandmother, Diane Piorkowski. Included in photo areSTAR Board of Directors President and Darienite Obie Harrington-Howes with Hope and Katie Banzhaf and Mel Giuliani of STAR.

Darien resident Hope Piorkowski accepts the Joe Mercede Volunteer of the Year Award for her grandmother, Diane Piorkowski. Included in photo areSTAR Board of Directors President and Darienite Obie Harrington-Howes with Hope and Katie Banzhaf and Mel Giuliani of STAR.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way held its 63rd annual meeting and recognition awards on Oct. 26, to elect new and returning board members and recognize extraordinary contributions of community partners, supporters, staff and clients from the previous year. Allison Rhodes-Jacobsen of Wilton was confirmed to the Board, and agreed to complete a term recently left vacant. STAR Board members nominated for a second term included Assaf Ben Atar of Norwalk, Mickey Herbst of Westport, Mary Kennedy of Weston, Joseph Viesta of Stamford and Jack McFadden of Wilton. President Kenneth (Obie) Harrington-Howes of Darien and led the meeting proceedings and STAR’s Executive Director Katie Banzhaf led the awards portion of the program.

Darien residents who were recognized at the meeting were Katrine Ryan, who created and produced a biopic video about Norwalk STAR client Billy Tolles called, “STAR, Inc., Lighting MY Way”; Melka Chiari, supervisor at Whole Foods Darien, who was presented with the Employer of the Year Award for her work with STAR client and Whole Foods employee Charlie Sherman; and Kenneth (Obie) Harrington- Howes, President of STAR’s Board, who was recognized for his loyal service and support of STAR.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization serving individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. We create opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. We inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

For information about STAR or volunteering for STAR, please contact Megan Johnson at 203-846-9581 x339 or[email protected].

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