Our own Tracy and Robin debuted at WPKN (89.5 fm) on the Steve di Costanza show - "The GM Report." Steve was so generous and they have supported us at the Band Together Concert last fall, and we will be working with them on the Taste!!!
Real Talk with Tracy and Robin!
Thanks to Our Loyal Supporter!
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This is a wonderfully creative organization new to Fairfield County.
They meet four times a year with members making a yearly donation commitment of $400. At each of the quarterly meetings, a vote is taken as to which charity will go home with the proceeds of the $100 that each member donates to the meeting.
323 Main in Westport has sponsored CLASP and hosted organization's first 6 meetings. As the chapter has grown, it will now move on to the Pearl at Longshore for its September meeting. 323 will be generously continuing its sponsorship of CLASP! We urge you to support both the 100 Women Who Care Fairfield County Chapter and 323 Main!
A Sunset Ride for CLASP!
Thank you to the Bike Lady, Tracy Yost for hosting a "Bike for CLASP" sunset ride! We rode leisurely on her "bike cruisers" and explored hidden parts of the Westport shoreline. Riders expressed how safe they felt with Tracy as the bike tour guide and enjoyed it so much they didn't even feel like they were getting a thorough workout.Tracy encourages bike friendly communities as a great way to bring locals together. For more info on Westport Bike Rentals, visit www.westportbikerentals.com or call the Bike Lady herself (Tracy Yost) at 203.917.9533.
Picture from left to right: CLASP Development Assistant, Erica Thomas and The Bike Lady, Tracy Yost.
Bluefish Game 2016!
A special thanks to our long time CLASP friend, John Videler for documenting our annual Bluefish game resident outing! John is a Westport native who has the gift of making people feel at ease in front of the camera with his "cool and calm energy." Visit his website to see more of his beautiful work. Whatever the event may be, John will capture you in the best light! www.videler.com
Each year we take a break, give staff longevity awards, honor two staff who have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty- in addition we eat, drink, and dance!
A big thanks to the Norfield Congregation for generously hosting a "fiesta" themed dance for our residents. The afternoon was filled with crafts, prizes, dancing and fun!
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This year's concert was an amazing success! Band Together founders, Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried put together a high energy program: THRILLER: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC AND INFUENCE OF MICHAEL JACKSON. The stage was filled with extraordinary talented musicians who not only sang the biggest hits from Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, but also had moves that would of made MJ proud!
(Picture from left to right: Erica Thomas, Jerry Vigorito, Tracy Flood, and Rob Fried)
Our very own CLASP resident, Rachel rockin' out!
Thank You To Our Sponsors!!
Mose Associates James White Denise Walsh & Partners
Lydia & Richard Kalt
Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski LLC Fern and Leonard Leader
CLASP's "Artists in Residence"
For this year's event, a few of our residents took great pride in creating music inspired pottery and painted canvas pieces. The unique artwork was displayed and held for sale at our pre-concert party.
Many thanks to our generous donors for coming out to this year's Taste of Westport! We are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many dedicated individuals and businesses in our wonderful Westport community.
Thank You To Our Sponsors!!
Aurea De Souza
The Mynarski & Passerelle Families
Photos Courtesy Of: John Videler, Fides Ostbye, and Charlie Colasurdo
Thank you to the Westport Rotary Club who recently presented CLASP with a generous Rotary Community Grant! We are so grateful to this local organization who has shown their support to CLASP for many years!!
Thank You Westport Woman's Club!
A special thanks to the Westport Woman's Club for choosing CLASP as one of the recipients for a community service grant!
Thank You Westport Rotary Club!
Check out Dan Woog's article on WestportNow featuring CLASP and A Taste of Westport!!
Spring Dinner Dance!
We once again danced the night away at our annual Spring Dinner Dance. Our residents really look forward to this night and Chatham Manor in Norwalk does an amazing job hosting it!
Tracy and Robin on the Air!
Hosts Andy Kadison and Jerry Vigorito were kind enough to feature Tracy and Robin on the Band Together Radio Show. What a great way to celebrate Halloween while promoting our upcoming concert fundraiser!!
CLASP Homes Receives $35,000 Grant From Newman's Own Foundation
Celebrating 35 Years of Paul Newman's Commitment
WESTPORT, CT – CLASP Homes has been awarded a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.
Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to celebrate 35 years since Paul Newman began the food company bearing his name. CLASP Homes is one of the original recipients of Newman’s generosity.
This funding will help bridge the gap so CLASP can continue to provide the highest quality of services to the men and women it serves.
“CLASP Homes is enormously proud to be chosen to receive this generous grant of $35,000. Mr. Newman’s support of our organization began in 1982, when there were virtually no community services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. During those 3 decades we have been able to add dignity, joy, laughter, friendship and interesting choices to the lives of over 85 people who had previously been marginalized. We are following Mr. Newman’s goal of making the world a better place,” said CLASP President, Tracy Flood.
Newman’s Own Foundation is giving $35,000 to 15 of the nonprofit organizations that were originally funded and have been supported for over three decades. The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $495 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.
Band Together for CLASP!
Long time CLASP friends Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried once again put together a dynamic musical crew for this year's Band Together Event!!
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!
The Leader Family
Denise Walsh & Partners Fire & Rice Paella
Smith Family Foundation Lydia & Dick Kalt
A Visit From Santa!
Thank you to Al's Angels who came to the CLASP Holiday Party at Christ & Holy Trinity Church! Our residents really enjoyed pictures with Santa and the presents distributed to each and every guest. Al DiGuido is an extraordinary man, heading up an extraordinary organization. We are so grateful for all they do for us at CLASP!
We can't thank the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center Foundation enough for their generous grant allowing us to create an art program for the men and women of CLASP! Chairman, Nick Visconti and board member, Miggs Burroughs efforts have enabled CLASP to hire fabulous teachers and provide materials. CLASP President, Tracy shared, "Our participants' artwork gives us a glimpse into their world that might have otherwise gone unnoticed." You can view their original pieces at the Foundation's May Gala. We are so grateful our residents have such a beautiful new outlet!