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Taste of Westport Fundraiser Combines Food and Festivities


The 8th annual Taste of Westport event brought the Westport community together for a night of food and mingling on May 3rd at the Westport Inn.       

            The proceeds of the fundraiser event go to CLASP Homes, the local charity that hosted the event. CLASP provides individualized support to people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

            “This is our major fundraiser, and there is always an amazing turnout. Last year we raised $45,000,” said co-chair Jenniann Barile.

            Not only was this a great event for CLASP, but local businesses got to promote their products to about 300 attendees. In total, there were about 16 restaurants and 10 beverage companies featured, including Bobby Q’s, Matsu Sushi, Michele’s Pies, Rowayton Seafood, Tito’s Vodka and Black Bear Wines and Spirits.

            “I’ve been doing this event for the past 3 or 4 years. I grew up in Westport, so it’s nice seeing people I know. It’s also great exposure and advertising,” said Michele Stuart, owner of Michele’s Pies.

            There was live music played by Carruthers Brothers Trio, and representatives from the radio station 95.9 FOX. CLASP also hosted a silent and Chinese auction.

            A lot of hard work went into planning this fun, social charity event.

            “There’s a committee of about 30 people, and we work for 6-8 months to get things perfect. It also helps that restaurants are very willing to participate, too. It’s a win-win situation,” said Barile.

            Upcoming events hosted by CLASP Homes can be found on their website, at

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Bailey Valente ’13 is the definition of a Superfan. She frequents the stands at Staples football games and watches ESPN over “Gossip Girl”. However, she never plays sports. Valente figures that if she can’t play the game, she might as well do the next best thing: contribute through journalism and her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism her sophomore year, she worked on the paper as a staff writer her junior year and is now a sports editor. Aside from sports, Valente’s interests also lie in helping others. Her love for volunteer work led to her being an active participant in the National Charity League, a non-required organization for students who would like to assist others and in their community. It is through NCL that she found out about the Caroline House inBridgeport,Conn., where Valente helps out every Thursday. She may be the one helping out others by tutoring local students in elementary level subjects, but Valente reaps the benefits as well. She feels the reward in her tutoring and enjoys seeing her work pay off when one of her students grasps a concept or gets a correct answer. “I love putting smiles on people’s faces,” she said.

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