\u201cParents and Friends Embracing the Challenge\u201d is the theme for the Kennedy Center awards dinner and annual meeting on Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, 1070 Main St. Shelton residents Cindy Brestovan and Steve Smith serve on the committee organizing the event. The keynote speaker will be Jocelyn Maminta, Channel 8 News medical reporter and co-founder of Caroline\u2019s Room, who will receive the Kennedy Center Vision Award. The Emmy Award-nominated reporter has been involved with nonprofits across the state. Caroline\u2019s Room is a safe haven for families coping with the challenges and uncertainties surrounding the birth of a premature baby. Tickets for the awards dinner are $50 per person. Register online at thekennedycenterinc.org or call 203-365-8522, ext. 213.