Moffly Media’s Light a Fire Awards Honors Local Philanthropists


Photo by Melani Lust Photography

Moffly Media celebrated the 11th annual Light a Fire Awards on Thursday, Nov. 29. The event, designed to celebrate our community’s nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, was held at the an all new venue at the Kings School Performing Arts Center Theater and was hosted by Tony Award-winning actor, director and longtime Weston resident James Naughton. The evening’s festivities included a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres by Marcia Selden Catering and Events. A portion of the night’s ticket proceeds benefited Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

The Light a Fire Awards salutes individuals and organizations from across lower Fairfield County who have gone beyond the ordinary to extraordinary in their giving back to our community. From philanthropists and volunteers to organizations helping refugee children, families and other members of our communities, this year’s honorees are truly special.

Representatives from the area’s nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, volunteers, corporate donors, and board members were in attendance along with local dignitaries and VIPs. Diana, honoree for “Outstanding Teen Volunteer,” was able to raise the last $1,000
to reach her goal at the event. This year’s event was made possible by Community Impact Sponsor Insperity and Community Leader Sponsor Karl Chevrolet.

This year’s honorees are: Gary Mendell, Most Dedicated Health Advocate; Gary Mac-Namara, Best Friend to Women; Jeff Scanlan, Outstanding Committee Member; Diana Degnan, Outstanding Teen Volunteer; Polly Perkins, Best Friend to Children; Peter Malkin, Lifetime Achievement Award; Karen Keegan, Outstanding Leader; Lynn Villency Cohen, Most Dedicated Supporter of the Arts; Fair eld County Community Foundation Honorees – All Our Kin & The Center for Children’s Advocacy.

Light a Fire nomination ballots appeared on the Moffly Media website. Local residents were asked to submit nominations for noteworthy individuals and organizations. From the many submissions, 10 honorees were selected based on the contributions they have made to help those in need in Fairfield County.

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