In May of 2016, Darien lost a member of the community entirely too soon. Michael Taylor, a former tennis star at Darien High School before going on to Villanova, died unexpectedly after struggling with addiction. Family and friends are determined to take tragedy and turn it into positive, and have been organized with an event to honor Michael’s life and spirit. Those family and friends are working with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization that is working to combat addiction and the harm it does to families.
“We used to take trips to Block Island, but this past summer we stayed here and thought of things we could do,” said William Herling, of how he and others came up with the idea. “It was important that it was fun, and that it was a spectacle,” said Herling, pointing to the importance of having an event that Michael would have loved. What was created will prove to be a fun spectacle indeed.