246 Post Road East Westport, Connecticut 06880
Phone: 203 226-7895 Fax: 203 221-0533
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Dear Friend,

You can make a difference, TODAY!

It’s that time of the year when we make our annual appeal. This year we need your support more than ever. As you are well aware many of our costs are rising at a far greater rate than our funding and we must increasingly rely upon the support of our generous friends and families. We have made a concerted effort this year to be much more aggressive in our fund-raising endeavors.

Let me describe some of our accomplishments of the year. During the past 33 weeks we have been featured in our local newspapers 33 times! We feel strongly that the more people know about the important work we do, the more they will want to become supporters. We sponsored our First Annual Wine Tasting at Black Bear Wine & Spirits in April. This was the first event we have done in recent years, and it was both a lovely night and very successful. This energized us to plan the second major event of the year. On November 3rd we had our First Annual Fall Fashion Show with the women served by CLASP featured as the models. This groundbreaking event went better than any of us could have ever expected. Concurrently we have been working for the past six months on our largest event. We will be the host of The Taste of Westport at the Westport Inn on 05/05/05! We have approximately twelve “A” list restaurants fully committed, with a good six on the list of strongly interested. We are very proud of how much work has already been done. This will be a terrific evening! The reason I tell you this is to be sure you know that we are doing everything in our power to tap into new and diverse resources. Last year we raised $221,000 and this year’s budget calls for us to bring in $310,000. This is a large increase but we believe with your generosity and these new events we can meet or even exceed our goal!

The artist who painted the picture to the right is Gillian Colhoun. If it were not for her and her father Steve, CLASP would not exist. He and a small group of dedicated families established CLASP to plan for the future of their children when they would no longer be here to do that themselves. Gill’s painting is one of my all time favorites. It evokes such a warm, cozy, nurturing place, not unlike the homes and supports we provide 365 days a year.

Please give generously, and perhaps be inspired by the quotes below!

Warm wishes,

Tracy A. Flood

“As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.”
Victor Hugo

“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”
Albert Camus

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
William James

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and
pride is taking less than you need.”
Kahlil Gibran

“Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.”
Phillip Brooks

“If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you
have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
Bob Hope

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

“In the end, we will remember not the words of
our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“In this world, there are givers and takers. The takers
sometimes eat better, but the givers always sleep better.”
Danny Thomas


Board of Directors Chair: Julie Manuel, Vice Chair: Bruce Katz, Esq., Treasurer: Bruce Hawley, Secretary: Sheila Israel, Directors: Andrew Boas, Charles Busek, Esq., Sandra Ganley, Mark Mathias, Richard H. Orenstein,
William H. Stablein, Arthur F. Thurnauer, Previous Chair: Richard H. Orenstein