The second annual Speakers Luncheon to benefit Star Inc. Lighting the Way April 3 featured Norah O'Donnell and raised more than $45,000.

O'Donnell's speech "Work and Family: Achieving Balance and Leaving Time for Yourself" was moderated by Sharon Crowley, TV reporter and anchor for WNYW Fox5 News. More than 200 people attended.

O'Donnell shared experiences as a news anchor, White House news correspondent, student at Georgetown University, wife of a restaurateur, and mother of three children.

She shared stories from the 2008 presidential election, and traveling extensively with then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and reporting on the war in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.

O'Donnell is the current chief White House correspondent for CBS News, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, substitute anchor for Face the Nation and contributor for the award-winning 60 Minutes.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way serves individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families in Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport and Weston.