Shelton companies boost Kennedy Center's Four Seasons Ball

Gala helps raise funds for nonprofit agency's programs

At the Kennedy Center gala are, from left, Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, senior vice president of United Bank, and Robert and Barbara Scinto, co-chairs of the event. United Bank and R.D. Scinto Inc. were sponsors.

At the Kennedy Center gala are, from left, Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, senior vice president of United Bank, and Robert and Barbara Scinto, co-chairs of the event. United Bank and R.D. Scinto Inc. were sponsors.

 

Nearly 300 people attended the 50th annual Kennedy Center’s Four Seasons Ball, which raised more than $119,000 for the nonprofit agency.

The event paid tribute to philanthropist Dorothy Bannow Larson of Easton and had the theme of  “Together We Can Do More.”

Dorothy “Dot” Larson

Dorothy “Dot” Larson

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Kennedy Center’s residential services for people with disabilities. Since its inception in 1965, the Four Seasons Ball has raised more than $2 million.

The gala was co-chaired by Robert and Barbara Scinto. Robert Scinto is well-known in Shelton for his commercial property holdings in the city. It included dinner, dancing to the live band Big City Swing, and other activities.

“Dot” Larson was honored for her dedication to improving the lives of people with disabilities and her generosity to the Kennedy Center and other local organizations.

She was a founder of the Four Seasons Ball and was instrumental in opening the first residence for women with intellectual disabilities in New England.

From left at the Four Seasons Ball are Maxine and Tom Walsh, with Kelly and Brian Csizmadia.  Tom Walsh works for BlumShapiro in Shelton, which was a sponsor.

From left at the Four Seasons Ball are Maxine and Tom Walsh, with Kelly and Brian Csizmadia. Tom Walsh works for BlumShapiro in Shelton, which was a sponsor.

Among the Four Seasons Ball sponsors with Shelton connections were R.D. Scinto Inc., Winter Bros. Waste Systems of Connecticut, BlumShapiro, and Merit Insurance.

The Kennedy Center serves over 2,400 individuals annually through community experience programs, group homes, an industries program with six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, and other programs. Learn more at thekennedycenterinc.org.

Rob Lesko, Loretta Lesko and Rose Esposito of the Shelton-based DiMatteo Family Foundation, and John Esposito, Rose’s husband, at the Kennedy Center ball.

Rob Lesko, Loretta Lesko and Rose Esposito of the Shelton-based DiMatteo Family Foundation, and John Esposito, Rose’s husband, at the Kennedy Center ball.

 

 

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