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Did You Hear: Staying Put Welcomed New Board Members.  January 12, 2024

Staying Put in New Canaan this week welcomed new Board members Ken Gammill Jr., Carrie Deane Corcoran, Lyn Chivvis, Diane Knetzger, Tom Ferguson and Christine Dombrowski Ayoub. They join President Peter Ziesing, Vice President Mimi Pitt, Secretary Susie Catlin, Treasurer Paul Bamatter, Ray Boller, Dr. Sherman Bull, Doug Gillespie, Jim Hilboldt, Ralph Hills, Tracey Karl, John Kerchoff, Donna Simone and Tom Stadler.

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Did You Hear: New Canaan Cares Craft Club.  December 21, 2023

Staying Put in New Canaan had local youth create holiday gifts for its members. The organization distributed dozens of heartfelt holiday arts and crafts created by New Canaan CARES/New Canaan Library CARES Crafts Club as well as gingerbread houses made by Girl Scout Troop 50175. “Staying Put’s senior citizens were delighted to receive cheerful holiday greetings from the children,” the organization said.

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Holiday Goodies Made By Local Girls Scouts Troops.  December 20, 2023

Staying Put in New Canaan was so pleased to have local youth create wonderful holiday gifts for its members. Staying Put distributed dozens of heartfelt holiday arts and crafts created by New Canaan CARES/New Canaan Library CARES Crafts Club as well as gingerbread houses made by Girl Scout Troop 50175. Staying Put’s senior citizens were delighted to receive cheerful holiday greetings from the children.

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Did You Hear: Poinsettia Delivery.  December 14, 2023

More than 25 community volunteers made special holiday deliveries of poinsettia plants to the homes of over 200 members of Staying Put in New Canaan. “This effort helped make a real difference in the lives of many New Canaan seniors who appreciated the outreach and the festive holiday wishes,” the organziation said in a press release. “Staying Put thanks the many kind volunteers who provide such important services to the community and to the generous donor who wished to remain anonymous for the benevolent underwriting of the poinsettias.”

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Letter to the Editor: Volunteer Holiday Party.  December 7, 2023. 

A Volunteer Holiday Party with caroling and dinner was held in appreciation of the more than 80 dedicated volunteers who serve Staying Put in New Canaan.

Staying Put extends our sincere thanks to all our volunteers for their commitment. These ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ provide essential services to seniors including transportation, errands, grocery shopping, visits, help at home, technology support, and more. This assistance helps older New Canaan residents live confidently at home and stay engaged in the community.

To date this year volunteers have provided: 1,691 rides traveling over 18,000 miles; almost 350 visits for shopping, errands, help around the home, and tech support; over 500 hours of service in the office; and 450 hours of Board service. Without our volunteers we would not be able to offer the level of service that New Canaan seniors have come to cherish.

Many thanks to the First Presbyterian Church and their staff for generously providing the lovely setting.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or joining Staying Put, please contact us at [email protected] or 203-966-7762.

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Did You Hear: Service League of Boys (SLOBs) Assist Staying Put Members with Patio Furniture.  November 9, 2023. 

Staying Put in New Canaan members were delighted to have The Service League of Boys (SLOBs) help bring in patio furniture last weekend. This has become a yearly tradition and members say they look forward to seeing the SLOBs this Spring bring out their patio furniture for the season.

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Letter to the Editor: Staying Put in New Canaan hosted our annual fundraiser, the Summer Soirée.  June 20, 2023. 

On Wednesday June 7th, Staying Put in New Canaan hosted our annual fundraiser, the Summer Soirée.  Poor air quality due to the Canadian wildfires caused us to pivot to an indoor celebration but it did not deter our loyal supporters.  We were delighted to have over 100 guests come out to enjoy good food, good music, and good company at Waveny House.

Thank you to the generous businesses that supported the Summer Soirée:  Benefactor Sponsors:  Betsy and Fred Afragola and the Anderson Fund.  Champion Sponsors:  American Industrial Partners; Brickley Law; Francos Wine Merchants; Halo Fitness – Anthony Domino; Karl Chevrolet Co.; Karp Associates – The Karp Family; Walter Stewart’s Market; and Waveny LifeCare Network.  Supporter Sponsors:  DEANE, Inc.; Hobbs, Inc.; Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists Inc.; New Canaan Board of Realtors; New Canaan Foreign Car Service; Reynolds + Rowella Accounting and Consulting.  Friend Sponsors:  AC Auto Body & Mechanical Service; The Country Club of New Canaan; Amy and Fabio Freyre; Denise Gannalo Realtor; Paul Harbottle DDS – New Canaan Dentistry; Dorcas and Ralph Hills; HTG Investment Advisors Inc.; Lampert, Toohey & Rucci, LLC; Lions Club of New Canaan; and Rand Insurance.

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Did You Hear: Staying Put in New Canaan announces new Manager of Member Services – Kate Brambilla. June 15, 2023. 

Staying Put in New Canaan announced this week that it had hired Kate Brambilla as Manager of Member Services.  Kate has been a town resident since December 2020.  After seeing a SPNC bumper sticker on a car while driving through town, Kate decided to become a volunteer.

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Did You Hear: Staying Put in New Canaan delivers Valentine’s Day cards. February 16, 2023. 

Staying Put in New Canaan in the days before Valentine’s Day mailed hundreds of heartfelt valentines to members, thanks to a friend of the organization who graciously donated envelopes and postage. The valentines were created by New Canaan children in Girl Scout Troop 50175 and 50292East Elementary School, West Elementary School, and First Presbyterian Nursery School.

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Did You Hear: Staying Put in New Canaan announces new members of their Board of Directors. December 28, 2022. 

Staying Put in New Canaan is welcoming new Board members Paul Bamatter, Doug Gillespie, Jim Hilboldt and John Kerchoff. They join: Tom Stadler, President; Peter Ziesing, Vice-President; Susie Catlin, Secretary; Tracy Karl, Treasurer; Betsy Afragola; Ray Boller; Dr. Sherman Bull; Ralph Hills; Judy Johnson; Joel Pelzner; Mimi Pitt; and Donna Simone in contributing their knowledge and expertise to Staying Put.

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Letter to the Editor: Staying Put in New Canaan has launched it’s Annual Appeal Fundraising Campaign. October 26, 2022. 

Staying Put’s fundraising goal this year is to raise enough funds to cover operating expenses. Membership dues are at affordable levels and do not cover all expenses. Staying Put receives no town, state or federal funding and depends on support from the community.

Thank you for supporting Staying Put in New Canaan and allowing us to provide important services to New Canaan seniors, their loved ones, and the entire community!

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Letter to the Editor: Staying Put in New Canaan’s annual fundraiser, a “Luau at Lila’s,” was a huge success. August 2, 2022. 

We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to our gracious hostess, Lila Coleman, our generous sponsors, and our dedicated volunteers.

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New Canaan 2022 Memorial Day Parade

See Staying Put in New Canaan in the Parade – starting at about 19:30 in the video!

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“Somebody you can turn to”: Gina Blum takes helm at Staying Put New Canaan. April 25, 2022. New Canaan Advertiser.

The New Canaan Advertiser interviews Gina Blum on her joining Staying Put in New Canaan as executive director, inviting her to share her plans for the future.

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Podcast: Meet Gina Blum, New Executive Director at Staying Put in New Canaan. April 6, 2022. 

This week 0684-Radi0 talks to Gina Blum, the new executive director at Staying Put in New Canaan.

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PO Box 484
New Canaan, CT 06840
203-966-7762

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