Gala to recognize Shelton’s DiMatteo family for charity efforts
The DiMatteo family of Shelton, including Leskos and Espositos, will be honored at the Kennedy Center’s Four Seasons Ball.
The local nonprofit agency will recognize DiMatteo family members as this year’s Tribute Journal honorees for their support of the community, including the Kennedy Center, through the DiMatteo Family Foundation.
The 49th annual gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield.
Foundation began eight years ago
A charitable foundation was established eight years ago by the DiMatteo family’s insurance company in Shelton, known as the DiMatteo Group, as a tribute to their late father, Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, who was battling cancer at the time.
The family started an annual golf tournament as the main funding source for the foundation. Through the generosity of friends, family members and customers of the DiMatteo Group, support for the golf tournament has grown increasingly year after year.
This annual event now has raised more than $225,000 for various local and national charities. Some of the charities that have been aided by the foundation included the Kennedy Center, Juvenile Diabetes Association, St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services, Swim Across the Sound, American Heart Association, and Spooner House in Shelton.
“Our family foundation is committed to funding research, education and finding a cure for diseases that have touched the lives of our friends, families, clients and staff,” said John DiMatteo, president of the DiMatteo Group.
Family members involved in business
Founded more than 53 years ago, the family-owned and operated business specializes in insurance, employee benefits, income tax and financial services. “We have successfully transitioned the business from our parent and founders to the second generation with three siblings and two spouses, each of whom manages a key department,” John DiMatteo said.
Three siblings serve as officers of the company. John specializes in financial planning and works with his wife, Kim DiMatteo of Bethany, a partner in the business. Loretta Lesko of Shelton, the second youngest sibling, serves as vice president and is in charge of operations, while her husband Robert Lesko is a partner.
In addition, Rosemarie Esposito of Shelton, the eldest sibling, is the agency’s treasurer, an enrolled agent and manages DiMatteo Group’s Tax & Accounting Services.
Social hour, dinner, band and dancing
The Kennedy Center’s Four Seasons Ball will begin with a social hour and hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m., followed by a full-course dinner, and then dancing to live music by Jay Stollman and his band. The event is black-tie optional and evening attire is requested.
Proceeds from the ball will benefit the Kennedy Center’s residential services for people with disabilities, including 16 group homes, a supported living option program, a family support and respite service, and the Caring for the Caregiver program that offers support for parents of family members who are developmentally disabled.
For information or to purchase tickets at $200 per person, call 203-365-8522, ext. 213 or go to www.thekennedycenterinc.org.
Shelton resident helping organize event
The ball is being co-chaired by Robert and Barbara Scinto of Fairfield, while the chairman of the Tribute Journal is Cara Schmid Mocarski of Shelton. Other members of the Tribute Journal committee are John DiMatteo of Bethany, Samantha Levin of Brookfield, Dan Long of Cheshire, Jo Ann McMullan of Westport and Martin D. Schwartz of Trumbull.
The top platinum sponsors of the Four Seasons Ball are GE Capital, and R.D. Scinto Inc. in Shelton. Other major sponsors include People’s United Bank in Bridgeport and the DiMatteo Group of Shelton at the Gold level. The Sapphire Sponsor is Goodnow Investment Group in Darien.
About the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center is a nationally accredited, nonprofit rehabilitation organization that annually serves 2,000 individuals with disabilities and special needs, from birth to their senior years.
The Kennedy Center operates 24 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs.