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Top-Rated Carver Foundation Of Norwalk Raises $420,000 For Kids' Programs

Gabrielle Pierre-Louis, a Carver alumna now studying to be a dentist at the University of Bridgeport, performs at the fundraiser. Photo Credit: Contributed
Marcus Mabry, Child of America honoree, director of Mobile News Programming, CNN Digital and Novelette Peterkin, Carver’s executive director, enjoyed the evening's festivities. Photo Credit: Contributed
Carver’s Community Builder honoree Austin McChord, Nick Hagen, Datto Sales Manager/Midwest, Carver board member Laura Ruhe and Joe Gallagher, Carver director of philanthropy enjoy the evening. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. — The Carver Foundation of Norwalk, recently ranked among the state’s top nonprofits, raised $420,000 at its 2017 Child of America Gala.

The event, held at the Wee Burn County Club in Darien, honored Marcus Mabry of CNN and Austin McChord of Datto.

Lead by gala co-chairs Leah Glover and Jacqueline Novotny, the event included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and fellowship, as well as dinner and exciting live and silent auctions conducted by Michael Nuzzo.

Gala committee members were Wendy and Rich Baskin, Alexandra and Rich Baudouin, Erin and Sean Berry, Marilyn Altman Fider, Craig Glover, Joan and John de Regt, Margaret and Patrick Steele, Mary Ellen Walsh, Meggan and Joe Warren and Barbara and Richard Whitcomb.

Carver is the largest provider of after-school programs for middle and high school students in Norwalk. Carver’s college-prep Youth Development Program is conducted in the Carver Community Center, in Norwalk’s four middle and two comprehensive high schools and in Side by Side Charter School.

On May 1, Charity Navigator announced Carver as one of 41 Connecticut nonprofits to receive its highest rating, exceeding industry standards for financial health, transparency and accountability for donors.

Only 17 charities in Fairfield County received the 4-star rating. Nationwide, fewer than 25 percent of rated nonprofits receive 4-star status.

Carver also received GuideStar’s Platinum Seal for organizational transparency and performance measurement. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations.

“These hard-won ratings will help demonstrate responsible programmatic growth to Carver’s donors, parents and to the general public,” said Novelette Peterkin, Carver’s executive director. “We understand that donors have many choices when it comes to giving funds to support important causes, and we want everyone to know that Carver uses all donations responsibly and with accountability.”

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