FCA Mother’s Day Tea Celebrates Extraordinary Women

Family & Children’s Agency Mother’s Day Tea hosts Julene Greenshields, left, and Brigitte Mansourian, right, speak during the event at Nordstrom on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (contributed photo/FCA)

Norwalk, CT – In a celebration of extraordinary women, Family & Children’s Agency’s (FCA) annual Mother’s Day Tea was held Thursday, April 28, at Bazille in Nordstrom at the SoNo Collection. The event gathered more than 80 guests to learn about FCA, raise much needed funds for the Agency’s Child & Family Development programs supporting mothers and their families, and remember two dedicated volunteers.

FCA’s Child & Family Development programs give support and guidance to families and their young children by providing in-home visiting programs. By focusing on the critical early years of a child’s life, we build strong foundations for future success through teaching positive parenting skills, promoting healthy child development, and empowering parents to be self-sufficient.

In addition to being a fundraising success, the event included a beautiful tribute to Charlotte K. Taverna of Wilton and Allison Haupt of Darien, both of whom passed away of breast cancer.

Charlotte was a dedicated supporter of the Agency for more than 17 years. During her tenure, she served on the Board of Directors and several event committees. She organized Mother’s Day Teas and holiday parties for program participants, delivered birthday cakes to homeless clients, and participated in several FCA golf outings.

Allison gave generously of her time to help clients experiencing homelessness in FCA’s Community Connections program. She purchased and delivered food and snacks for clients attending our day center for homeless adults every week and filled grocery bags for our Supportive Housing clients who had recently moved into a home after experiencing homelessness.

“Our annual Mother’s Day Teas have been a wonderful way for FCA to recognize the contributions of all women while raising vital funds for our programs,” said Rob. “In addition, Charlotte and Allison both made a real difference for members of our community by giving their time and talents to FCA programs they cared about deeply and I’m glad we are able to remember them both at this event.”

The Tea was hosted by Julene Greenshields, an FCA Board Member and close friend of Charlotte’s, Brigitte Mansourian, a close friend of Allison’s, and Molly Carmody, General Manager of Nordstrom.

In addition to contributing their beautiful restaurant for the event, Nordstrom provided generous door prizes and favors for the guests.

“Partnering with Nordstrom is an incredible opportunity to broaden FCA’s reach. By supporting our Mother’s Day Tea, Nordstrom is helping neighbors in need right in our own backyard,” said Rob.

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