We’re proud to celebrate 25 of the most creative, dynamic, generous, and entrepreneurial individuals that make Wilton such a wonderful place to live.
The Wilton 25 Ceremony and Reception is May 2 at 6pm, click for more info and tickets.
Andy Schlesinger Four years ago Schlesinger started Wilton Rocks for Food, bringing local musicians together for an epic concert, all in the name of helping the raise money for local food banks. To date $280,000 has been raised with 100 percent of the funds going directly to Wilton Food Pantry and the Connecticut Food Bank. Nominator Donna Savage says: “Andy assembles 35 local musicians and schedules rehearsal time for everyone. He manages it all with a keen sense of detail while maintaining a consistent sense of humor!”
Carol Johnson has served as president of the Rotary Club, been president of the Chamber of Commerce (twice!), served on the board for the Riverbrook Regional YMCA, and volunteers with Community Steps. When asked why she volunteers so much, Johnson flashes her trademark smile and says, “Look at where we live and look at what we have, how could we not give back. I also think Wilton is a pretty special place.”
Morgan Amarone Napier served as Miss Connecticut in 2011 and traveled 35,000 miles across the sate as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2012, she represented our state in the Miss America Pageant. Today, she serves as a board member for the American Cancer Society’s Young Professionals Against Cancer.
Michael Crystal Former Wilton 25 honoree Susan Lauricella nominated Michael Crystal. “As a wine connoisseur, Michael runs wine tastings at Ancona’s; purchases wine for special events at Wilton Library (such as the Summer Concert Series and others) and then actually attends the events to pour! He’s a friendly and engaging face about town.”
Savet Constantine Muraskin “Savet has worked nonstop for the PTA for many, many years,” says nominator Deb Bucklan. “She always volunteers and works to keep everyone informed about school happenings, meetings, decisions, and votes. Because of Savet, events have volunteers and we all know about the budget and other important school decisions because of her effective and far-reaching communication. Most recently, Savet’s efforts on behalf of the Hands Off our Schools movement has been notable. She is truly an asset to this town and deserves to be recognized as such.”
Dave Cote “Dave brings great energy and gets things done in this town,” says nominator Jeff Woodring. He also organized the community to re-surface the Middlebrook gym floors, is famous for his outdoor film screenins, and holds fund raising events for various charities such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand, WARF, and ABC of Wilton.”
Sarah Beach Two years ago when Beach realized that her tween daughters Lucy and Daisy were “surrounded by books with male protagonists and magazines about fashion, celebrities and body image” she wanted to change things up. So she founded the online publication STRONG. The Magazine for Girls, with a mission to create a magazine that “genuinely reflects girls today with their diverse lives and interests.” STRONG features inspirational profiles on girl entrepreneurs, dynamic women in the fields of math, science, art and literature, and offers helpful articles on how to tackle challenges and develop new skills.
Max Fanwick is many things— an Eagle Scout, a member of the Wilton Running Club, an assistant scoutmaster, and a gourmet cook. He is also an entrepreneur and the creator and founder of Explorator Media, a company that offers a suite of digital services including web development, e-commerce, search engine optimization, social media, and graphic design so that companies can get multiple services in one place. His nominators, Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown, think he’s pretty cool and we do too. We also love his Instagram page @DudeWhoCooks.
Al Galletly is a stand up guy according to his daughter and nominator, Meg Campbell who says, “He co-founded Wilton Singers in1983 after moving to Wilton and discovering there were no singing groups; he’s a long-time member and past president of the Kiwanis; did a solo cross-country bike ride to raise over $250,000 for Alzheimer’s research; he volunteers with the Wilton Library sorting books in the basement; is the music director for Wilton Presbyterian Church; and is also the music director for Wilton Children’s Theatre—the kids absolutely love him and he loves them right back!”
Brian Walker Walker has been a contributing cartoonist to Hi and Lois and Beetle Bailey since the early 1980s. He is also one of the founders of the Museum of Cartoon Art, has taught cartoon history at the School of Visual Arts, and has “written, edited, or contributed to more than three dozen cartoon-related books including The Comics—The Complete Collection.”
Victoria Andrew “For as long as I can remember I have always loved photography,” says WHS senior, Victoria Andrew who has documented her travels to Alaska, British Columbia, Ecuador, Antigua, San Francisco, and beyond, through evocative shots of wildlife and landscapes. She has already launched an eponymous website to showcase her photographic portfolio and plans to pursue her vocation at college.
Michael Biondo, a gifted architectural photographer, recently published Midcentury Houses Today, a stylish book featuring his exquisite visuals that serve to celebrate the timeless quality of 16 Connecticut houses.
Joan McCullough After her daughter developed a physical tic at age eight, McCullough, a registered nurse, did some research and discovered the cause was a PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders), an affliction that affects young children and adolescents and is associated with strep infections. If not treated, the condition can have devastating results.To spread awareness about PANDAS, McCullough lends her time and expertise to lead a monthly meet-up group for parents.
Dr. Gregory Sanford, a local Wilton orthodontist, has cheerfully been improving the smiles of Wilton teens and adults for years. His compassion, personal care, sense of humor, and interest in every patient goes above and beyond the ordinary. Don’t believe us? On the day a patient gets their braces removed, Dr. Sanford presents them with a cake—that he bakes himself.
Joan Wallace “I’d like to nominate Joan Wallace for her music work with children of Acoustic Wilton,” says musician and former Wilton 25 honoree, Rob Silvan. “She is a guitarist, singer-songwriter that leads her own band. Through Acoustic Wilton she brings together the great and varied youthful musical talent of Wilton in concert and performances that benefit local non-profits.”
Logan Greenshields has always embraced his creative side. Currently he is writing and producing an original film, while also working as a makeup artist in the worlds of fashion and special effects. A chameleon, Greenshields often experiments with his own ever-changing look, as seen on his popular Instagram page @LoganGreenshields.
Marianne Wilson Many of us know Wilson through her catering enterprise, but this 80-year-old could teach everyone a thing or two about staying engaged with the community. Over the years she has served as the president of Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, been the president of Trackside, served on the board of directors for the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, and been both a Deacon and an Elder at Wilton Presbyterian Church. “I try to keep myself busy,” says Wilson, who is now volunteering at Wilton Turnover shop and “loving it.”
John Miscioscia is president of the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps and oversees the non-profit organization that responds to approximately 1,400 emergency calls ina and around our community each year. Nominator and former WVAC member Ryan Lewis says, “Mr. Miscioscia and all the volunteers at WVAC deserve this recognition for their hard work and selfless dedicaton to the Wilton community.” We agree!
Eileen Goldfield has volunteered four hours a day, five days a week at Wilton’s Brookdale Senior Living for the last 12 years. She works closely with residents, is highly regarded by staff, and well-known by the families of residents. Goldfield has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year many times by the Voluntary Action Center of Mid-Fairfield County. “Eileen is truly a Wilton treasure!” says her husband and nominator, Michael Goldfield.
Patty Terranova aka “Miss Patty” is a secretary for Wilton Preschool Services at Miller-Driscoll Elementary School. The program is designed to meet the needs of both children with special needs and for their typically developing peers. Laura Sallese raves, “To many of us and our children, she is a nurturer, friend, resource, and comforter. She is an individual who truly goes above and beyond in every aspect of her life on a daily basis. She is the glue that keeps the Miller-Driscoll preschool program and our community together and her warmth comforts us all.”
Sharon Lewis Grace “Sharon is an extraordinary Wiltonian,” says former Wilton 25 honoree Jeffrey Busch.” “Not only does she have a full plate as a working, single mom raising three kids, she is also deeply committed to issues in our community. She has a moral compass that is awe inspiring and finds ways to connect people and build consensus.” Lewis Grace has served as the president of the League of Women Voters and is currently the President of the Board at the Montessori School.
Gail Lavielle Lavielle has championed the rights of children and educational causes for years and has been recognized multiple times as a “Children’s Champion” by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, has received the Humanitarian Award for commitment to people with special needs from STAR, and the Parent & Child Hero Award from CT Parent Power. “Gail has been tireless in her efforts on behalf of the special needs community,” says fan Mike Hess, “which is something we can all be grateful for.”
Nick Davatzes is a television maverick, who created and developed A&E Network and The History Channel Network. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush, the Marine Corps Historical Foundation Heritage Award, and has been inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. Despite his many honors, the self-effacing Davatzes purposely flies under the radar, doing good wherever he goes. Currently, Davatzes serves on the board of the Wilton Library Association.
Tina Duncan Duncan, a long-time member and booster of the Wilton Garden Club, also serves on the board of Wilton Go Green and is a passionate supporter and tireless promoter of ecological initiatives in Wilton and beyond. Duncan never seeks out the limelight, but rather chooses to use her knowledge, charm, and expertly honed skills of persuasion to convince us all that the green way is the best way.
Caroline Hoffman “Caroline Hoffman volunteers to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House at Westchester Medical in honor of her son, Dylan, who had and undiagnosed congenital heart disorder and sadly passed away at age three,” says nominator Kate Baldwin. “Caroline is continually trying to raise awareness for CHD and is also on the board at STAR and the co chair at Children’s Day School of Wilton.
The Wilton 25 Ceremony and Reception is May 2 at 6pm, click for more info and tickets.