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News Aug 5, 2015 - 5:55:39 PM

STAR Awarded $1,200 from PROBUS Club of Greater Bridgeport for Theater and Equestrian Programs

By STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way

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Norwalker Steven Denittis of STAR rides a horse with help from his teachers at New Canaan Mounted Troop. (contributed photo)
STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way was recently awarded a $1,200 grant from the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport to support two very special recreational programs for adults with intellectual disabilities, the Theater of STARs program that provides music, dance and performance opportunities for STAR clients; and the equestrian program STAR provides in cooperation with New Canaan Mounted Troop.

Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director of STAR says, “These two programs are so beneficial to our clients. They are able to build their physical and verbal skills while becoming more connected to a community that encourages skill development, practice, teamwork and responsibility. Participation in these volunteer groups can be transformative. We are very grateful to Probus Club for this grant that supports these important programs.”

The New Canaan Mounted Troop program in partnership with STAR offers 8-week sessions that include classes in horse grooming and care as well as riding. The Theater of STARs program runs from September through December with weekly practices that include dancing, singing and a performance scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Norwalk City Hall Concert Hall. For additional information about either program, contact STAR at (203) 846-9581.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization established in 1952 to serve individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. They inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. STAR serves over 600 individuals from birth through their senior years in Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport and Weston. They inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way please visit www.starct.org.

Norwalkers Talisha Maxwel, David Hutchins and Rena Crawford perform in a Theater of STARs show. (contributed photo)
The National Probus Club was founded in 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut. The Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, chartered in 1939, is one of fifteen Probus Club chapters. The club is a volunteer civic organization of area professional and business leaders serving people who are intellectually and physically challenged in the greater Bridgeport area.

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