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Faces of Philanthropy: Jenny Baldock

“I am interested in non-profit boards that provide a vital public service, ideally locally, where I feel I can make an impact.  I look for boards that have positive, engaged board members, who also don’t take themselves too seriously or have a terrific sense of humor so that our time together is fun as well as rewarding.”  For more than 25 years, Jenny Baldock has been making a notable difference in Fairfield County. From Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) to Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, from Greenwich Library to Brunswick, Jenny embodies a potent combination of leadership, intelligence, and compassion. Read More...

Faces of Philanthropy: Jenny Baldock2019-11-06T19:42:20+00:00

Aboard the Disney Dream

To tell the truth, I was apprehensive about boarding a ship with 1,200 other families. My worries disappeared when we explored the decks to find lots of adults-only spaces, cool kids’ clubs for different age groups, and the pièce de résistance for our family: a help-yourself, no-fee soft serve ice cream machine. Read More…

Aboard the Disney Dream2019-11-04T04:52:18+00:00

Arctic Adventure

We relish wildlife experiences. Quark Expeditions, a Leader in Polar Adventures, offers small-ship journeys to Arctic and Antarctica destinations – all focused on wildlife and environmental awareness and conservation. We chose to visit Svalbard, a Norwegian island in the uppermost Arctic territory. Our ultimate goal was to view polar bears in their natural habitat. We also wanted to learn first hand about environmental changes and the ice flows. Read More…

Arctic Adventure2019-11-04T04:51:57+00:00

Faces of Philanthropy: WILDLIFE IN CRISIS

Dara Reid was just 23 years old when she founded Wildlife in Crisis (WIC). Over the past 31 years, the nonprofit has consistently cared for more than 5,000 animals each year —from tiny hummingbirds to large black bears. “Because of the continuing development of open space, the need for our services grows every year,” says Dara. “’Death by a thousand cuts’ causes habitat fragmentation and the linear rise of injured and orphaned wildlife as a result.” WIC’s goal: returning debilitated wildlife to their natural environment. Read More…

Faces of Philanthropy: WILDLIFE IN CRISIS2019-11-04T04:43:37+00:00

YMCA Greenwich Aquatics: East Coast Water Polo Powerhouse

In 2007, Greenwich Aquatics launched with only 20 players. Today, this water polo powerhouse –that calls the Greenwich YMCA home – boasts players on the USA National team, an Olympian, and more than 300 players from 5 years old up to the Men’s Master’s program. During this 12-year period of remarkable growth and impressive achievements, the trio of Bill Smith, Founder and Technical Advisor; Ulmis Iordache, Head Water Polo Coach; and Kim Tierney Wang, Director of the Club, have provided leadership that gets Greenwich Aquatics noticed far and wide. LOOK spoke with Kim for a peek inside this nationally acclaimed program. Read More…

YMCA Greenwich Aquatics: East Coast Water Polo Powerhouse2019-11-04T04:44:55+00:00

Stopping the Spiral – Happy Fall!

By Amy Lewis Photography by ChiChi Ubiña "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates The Spiral Effect is a term that originates from political science and mass communication theories; however, society has become very health and fitness driven, why can't [...]

Stopping the Spiral – Happy Fall!2019-11-04T04:40:21+00:00

Faces of Philanthropy: REACH Prep 25 Years of Transforming Lives

REACH Prep Co-Founders Patsy Howard and Pat Young By Michele Graham Photographs by ChiChi Ubiña Imagine you are a high potential 9-year old. Your future glistens with the prospect of college, a rewarding career and financial security. But standing in your way are barriers that seem, at times, insurmountable. For 4th graders from underserved communities [...]

Faces of Philanthropy: REACH Prep 25 Years of Transforming Lives2019-09-12T01:17:04+00:00