Darien residents Rory Callahan, Tim Stisser and John Novak hosted “Christmas Cocktails for Person-to-Person” in December at Darien Social. They raised $8,000 for P2P via ticket and T-shirt sales and a silent auction.

Auction donors included Darien Butcher Shop, Nicholas Roberts Wine, Pure Barre, Sail to Sable and Wee Burn Country Club.

P2P also received grant money thanks to Praxair Global’s giving program.

Through the Praxair Global Giving Program, employees who volunteer time, talent or provide financial support to eligible nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit a grant request for consideration. As a result of the efforts of one such Praxair employee, P2P has received two grants totaling $10,000.

One of the grants will be applied to the area of greatest need, while the other is being directed to the P2P Scholarship Program for the current academic year. Through the scholarship program, students from low-income households can realize the dream of a college education.

P2P was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the P2P service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Free driving improvement classes

The Darien Police Department and the Comstock Community Center in Wilton will host a free AAA Driver Improvement Program class for experienced Fairfield County motorists who want a refresher course on the basics of defensive driving and current driving practices.

Participants who take the class can lower their auto insurance costs while improving their driving skills.

The classes will take place Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Darien Police Department, 25 Hecker Ave.; and on Feb. 19 at the Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Darien police Officer T. Court Isaac will instruct the Darien class, while Wilton Sgt. Dave Hartman will lead the Community Center class. Both are certified AAA Driving Improvement Program instructors. Classes are free to AAA members and nonmembers.

Drivers over 60 who participate can qualify for a discount of up to 5 percent on their auto insurance. To obtain the discount, a driver must present their insurance company with a completion certificate from a state-approved class. Some companies provide a discount to drivers 55 and older, but motorists should check with their individual carriers to determine age requirements and discount amounts. People who complete the training will receive the certificate at the conclusion of the two-day class.

Register at aaa.com/driverimprovement and link to the Connecticut classes or call 203-937-2595, ext. 8363.

A matching gift

The Community Fund of Darien has received a $1,000 matching gift donation from local orthodontist, Dr. David Osherow, to match funds donated to a crowdfunding campaign being conducted in conjunction with Family Centers for a dental chair for one of its school-based health centers.

Osherow is the first corporate sponsor for a new crowdfunding website that will help lower Fairfield County nonprofits raise money online. Osherow’s matching gift will help fund a $5,000 dental chair for Stamford school children with a rinsing station, lighting and other dental supplies.

In the spring, the Community Fund of Darien will launch a new crowdfunding website, TheImpactVine.org, as a tool for lower Fairfield County nonprofits to raise money for projects using crowdfunding strategies. The website is free for qualifying nonprofits, and 100 percent of the funds are paid to the nonprofit upon the completion of a successful project.

Among the graduates

Ryan Scott Martin, of Darien, graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. Martin was among more than 1,300 students who received degrees in the Dec. 15 graduation ceremony in Clemson, S.C.

‘An Evening of Sweet Jazz’

The jazz bands of Darien High School, Middlesex Middle School and the Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab will present their annual “Evening of Sweet Jazz!”

The fundraising performance is scheduled for Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Middlesex Middle School cafeteria.

The event is open to the public. All are invited to enjoy dessert, coffee and great jazz.

There will also be a raffle. Crescendo Music has donated four music lessons (any instrument or voice). Raffle tickets are $5.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Proceeds will go toward funding band and jazz ensemble student activities.

Learn about Lurelle Guild

John Stuart Gordon, a curator for the Yale University Art Gallery, will visit the Darien Historical Society on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to present “Lurelle Guild’s Historical Modernism: Americana and Industrial Design.”

Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild (1898-1985), featured in the society’s current exhibit, “Darien 1925-1950, The Golden Age of Art and Design,” is among the most famous American industrial designers of the 20th century. Guild designed thousands of items for the industrial giants of the period, including Westinghouse, Remington, Revlon, Schick, Corning, and perhaps most notably, Electrolux, whose model 30 is considered a classic of modern American design.

Admission to the talk is $15, free to members. The Darien Historical Society is at 45 Old Kings Highway N.