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Wilton Moms, Daughters Get New Organization

WILTON, Conn. – A new charitable organization just for mothers and daughters is coming to Wilton. 

After hearing about the National Charity League from a friend in Ridgefield and her sister-in-law in New Canaan, Wilton resident Laurie-Ann Batter decided to start a chapter in Wilton.

“The National Charity League is a mother-daughter charity league that’s nationally based,” said Batter, president of the Wilton chapter. It is a six-year program for children in grades 6 through 12. Her goal is to get the Wilton chapter running by June.

“We’ve gotten a very robust amount of interest,” said Donna Sargeantson, vice president for membership in Wilton.

The program's goal is to “foster mother-daughter relationships,” said Erin Journigan, a membership and expansion manager for the league who came to Wilton to assist in starting the new chapter. Beyond that, Sargeantson said, the program is about giving back to the community, mentoring and culture.

“It’s a unique concept, and we can say that for sure because we’ve looked at every other concept and every other organization where we could potentially donate our time,” Sargeantson said. “It’s impossible to duplicate.”

Deidre McClain, head of the league's Ridgefield chapter and local adviser to Wilton, said her chapter has been running for 20 years. Girls who participated come back and say it was a fantastic experience. 

And because the six-year span covers many of life's milestones, it gives mothers and daughters ways to bond other than getting nails done or going shopping, she says.

If you're interested in joining the Wilton chapter, email Donna Sargeantson.

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