Boys and Girls Village

Compass to Success

Thank you to all who supported our 2019 Fundraiser Compass to Success! 

On Thursday June 6th, Boys & Girls Village hosted its only fundraiser of the year, its annual “Compass To Success”event at  Black Rock Yacht Club in Bridgeport. The spectacular evening raised nearly $180,000 to benefit Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and families, who often have histories of abuse, neglect, or live in poverty and are in need of behavioral health, educational, or family reunification services that the organization provides.


Over 200 residents and business leaders from throughout the state gathered together to enjoy a lively evening of festive cocktails, inspiring speakers, and spectacular waterfront views. Taylor Kinsler, host of CT Live! on NBC Connecticut was emcee, and Bridgeport’s Source Coffeehouse provided delicious coffee drinks to end the evening.


Special guest Bridget Oei, Miss Connecticut 2018, made the event her last official stop during her reign, and shared her experiences providing international medical service work. “When I went back to the Dominican Republic I made a commitment to having the right tools to help children and give patients the treatment they needed. That’s what Boys & Girls Village does, they provide targeted care to meet the exact needs of the clients they serve.”


“This is an agency that’s not afraid to change,” said past Board Chair, Carol Smith Harker, who served for 15 years. “In that time I’ve seen responsiveness to the changing needs of children and families across Connecticut in the programs and services the organization provides.”


To that end, the agency unveiled a rendering of their new Life Skills Vocational Training Center, which will serve at-risk youth entering early adulthood, preparing the adolescents and young adults to meet the demands of adulthood. Made possible by a grant from the State of Connecticut, the center will provide instruction in the areas of employment readiness, financial literacy, nutrition, health and wellness, and housing, and is an extension of the organization’s Work to Learn program. The center will be located on the organization’s Milford campus, and construction will begin this fall.


Proceeds from the evening will support the essential services provided by Boys & Girls Village, including behavioral health, educational and permanency planning services, and funds raised included matching funds provided by The Village Foundation, Inc.

Boys & Girls Village would like to thank its dedicated event committee headed by Matt Thurston and Joe Enright.

Since its founding 77 years ago, Boys & Girls Village has touched the lives of approximately 30,000 children and families from 50 Connecticut communities. To learn more about the organization, or to make a donation, please visit www.BGVillage.orgor call 203-877-0300.

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Photo credit: Capitol Photo Interactive

Caption: Compass to Success Co-Chairs Matt Thurston (left) and Joe Enright (right) stand with emcee Taylor Kinsler, Boys & Girls Village CEO Dr. Stephen Kant, and special guest Miss Connecticut 2018, Bridget Oei.

Caption: Boys & Girls Village hosted its annual “Compass To Success” fundraiser on June 6th at Black Rock Yacht Club in Bridgeport, raising nearly $180,000 to help at-risk children and families across Connecticut.

Caption:Boys & Girls Village Client Jose, age 18, will attend college in the fall thanks in part to support and services by the organization.

Caption:Dr. Kimberly Shaunesey, President of Boys & Girls Village stands with Board Chair Greg Fenn holding a rendering of the organization’s new Life Skills Vocational Training Center.

Caption:left to right, Boys and Girls Village board members Joseph Tramuta and Ron LoRicco.

Caption:Left to right, Boys & Girls Village Board Chair Greg Fenn , Lauren DiLucchio, Charles Callery, and Christine Fenn.

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