Cassara of Weston honored with Kennedy Center award


Martin D. Schwartz, center, president and CEO of The Kennedy Center, congratulates Elayne Cassara of Weston, left, and Christine Mahoney of Trumbull, right, for their dedication to The Kennedy Center.

A crowd of 200 Kennedy Center supporters celebrated at the Trumbull Marriott recently at the 22nd Annual Kennedy Center Auction/Cabaret.

This year’s rock-and-roll themed event featured a format similar to American Idol and The Voice. Twelve entertainers donated their time and artistic talents representing different children’s programs.

Christine Mahoney of Trumbull chaired the event, and Elayne Cassara of Weston was the director and producer of the talent show.

Ms. Cassara also was recognized with the prestigious Kennedy Center Cabaret Clock for her outstanding dedication, leadership and volunteerism over the past seven years.

Cabaret 22 contributed $41,000 for The Kennedy Center’s Children’s Services. These programs include Birth to Three, Family Enrichment, Summer Camp Program, Community Rec Program, Artworks, Sibling Programs, The Autism Project, Volunteer Support Services, Family Partnership, Lighthouse After School, Partners Program, and Social Activity Groups.

Jay Stollman of Newtown won the overall voice competition, while Mia Fanali of Fairfield was the winner for the female singers.

The Kennedy Center is a nationally accredited nonprofit, community-based rehabilitation organization that serves 2,000 people annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years.

The Kennedy Center operates 24 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program, job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs. For more information, visit

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