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Team Woofgang & Co. hosted its 3rd “Party with a Purpose” – South Beach Soiree – at Penfield Pavilion on July 8.
Guests gathered to celebrate Team Woofgang & Co. and our accomplishments as well as help us raise the vital funding needed to support our mission. Band Central once again commanded a great performance and featured a special guest – Javier Colon – Season 1 winner of the popular TV show, The Voice. Tony Dovolani, from the Fred Astaire Studios of Southport, and former dancer on the TV show, Dancing with the Stars, wowed us with his talent and gave us all a dance lesson. Great fun had by all!
Congratulations to our “Paw-some Award” honorees – Kathy Neary, Dave Schulz and Mary Ellen Waack, whose volunteer efforts are nothing short of remarkable.
Photos by Regina Madwed – Capitol Photo Interactive
Many thanks to all who attended our event, raised their paddle and donated items. It is all of you who so positively impact our team members and our mission. And to all of our hard working Team Woofgang & Co. team members, parents and volunteers – your efforts are so valued and appreciated. Once again this party with a purpose was truly a celebration of all of you!
Visit our website page under the Support tab to view the spectacular photos by Regina Madwed – Capital Photo Interactive.
Photos by Regina Madwed – Capitol Photo Interactive
FAIRFIELD FIRST RESPONDERS CREATE PROGRAM TO ASSIST RESIDENTS WITH AUTISM
Fairfield, Conn., May 6, 2021 — In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Fairfield’s first responders have initiated a voluntary new program to assist them with providing the best service to these important citizens. The program will consist of offering custom decals including the words “FIRST RESPONDER ALERT” and “Occupant with Autism” (see below), which can be displayed on homes, businesses, and or/vehicles.
“In the emergency services business, we strive to obtain the most information we can so that each emergency gets the individual specialized attention it needs,” said Bill Tuttle, president of the Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 1426. “These decals will allow responding crews to use our training to deliver the care and respect people on the spectrum deserve. Having the knowledge at an emergency scene sooner lets us tailor our interactions in a way to mitigate the impact of what is already a stress-inducing situation,” he added.
These decals are provided free of charge by the Firefighters Union in connection with their partners—the Fairfield Police Union, the 911 telecommunicators and AMR, the Town’s emergency medical services provider. They will be available at Team Woofgang & Co. at 1300 Post Road for pick-up during business hours starting May 7th, or through the Firefighters Union.
For more information, please contact Bill Tuttle at (203) 650-2746.
Additionally, if anyone does not feel comfortable going to a store to obtain a sticker, simply message our page and we will deliver one to you.
TEAM WOOFGANG & CO. HOSTS GRAND OPENING RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AT NEW VOCATIONAL TRAINING FACILITY IN BRIDGEPORT
Bridgeport, CT (May 5, 2021) — Team Woofgang & Co. officially opened the doors of their new vocational training facility at 2861 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Mayor Ganim, City Council Representatives Scott Burns and Matthew McCarthy, along with representatives of the Mayor’s office participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Team Woofgang & Co. is a non-profit organization empowering adults with disabilities (known as team members) through a wide variety of vocational skill sets learned through production, packaging, marketing and selling of high quality pet treats and novelty items. Team Woofgang’s goal is to continue to meet the significant demand for these services with the opening of this new facility.
During the ceremony, Board President Amy Stern and Executive Director Amiee Turner, welcomed local government officials, supporters, and community members to celebrate the occasion.
“The opening of this facility is a milestone,” said Stern. “It will enable Team Woofgang to provide additional hours of vocational training and job skills development to more adults with disabilities. We are deeply grateful to our donors, partners, and volunteers.”
Mayor Ganim emphasized Stern’s sentiments, “It’s a milestone for Team Woofgang but also for Black Rock as well. While this is the opening and start of something new, Team Woofgang is already a success story,” Mayor Ganim remarked.
Team Woofgang’s team members participated in the event and gave the Mayor and Council Representatives a personal tour of the facility which features commercial grade equipment and spaces designed to accommodate people with a variety of skill and ability levels.
Team Woofgang & Co. is thrilled to welcome new Executive Director, Amiee Turner.
Turner is an innovative, people-centered leader with a strong history of successful supervisory experience across diverse industries, including home lending, real estate, theater, dance, and professional sports. Prior to joining Team Woofgang & Co., Turner was the executive administrator at RealFi. She also served as the executive director of the not-for-profit Ocean State Theatre Company, Inc. of Rhode Island for over 10 years.
“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead such a great organization into our next chapter. Team Woofgang & Co. is truly an innovative company, and I know we can move forward and continue to provide the excellent services and programs for our team members and great products for our customers,” Turner said. “I’m especially grateful to the board for their trust and guidance. Team Woofgang & Co. is stronger today because of their tireless work over the past four years.”
As executive director, Turner will work closely with staff and the board to ensure the organization can continue to adapt to serve young adults with disabilities as we emerge from the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. One of her first acts as executive director has been to oversee the completion and opening of Team Woofgang & Co.’s new production facility, located on Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport. She will also oversee ongoing fundraising, development efforts, and the continued evolution and expansion of Team Woofgang & Co.’s services, programs, and retail products.
“Amiee is a positive and energetic leader. Her practical approach to problem solving, and passion for leveraging her skills in service of others made her our ideal candidate,” said Amy Stern, Team Woofgang & Co. board president. “The board is excited to work with Amiee as our new executive director and confident that Team Woofgang & Co. will be well positioned under her guidance to thrive in the years to come.”
Team Members Harry, Caroline, Hillary, Isabel, Chris, and Jack showcase all the wonderful gifts available at our store at 1300 Post Road in Fairfield, CT. Shop local & support! Great cause, great gifts!
In her weekly newsletter, Fairfield’s First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick highlighted Team Woofgang as the “non-profit of the week”. The recognition gives us incredible exposure to the most thoughtful and engaged members of our hometown community. We are honored to receive this gesture of support and adoration from our local representative!