Good corporate citizen

The 11th annual Evening of Hope Gala, sponsored by and to benefit Operation Hope of Fairfield, will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Patterson Club and will honor Cindi Bigelow, the president of R.C. Bigelow, and her family for all they do for Operation Hope and the community at large.
Operation Hope runs homeless shelters, a community kitchen, a food pantry, transitional housing and associated services for people who are homeless and hungry or at risk of being so.
The event, featuring a Southern style to replicate the charm of the Fairfield-based company’s South Carolina tea plantation, will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction. Tickets are $200 per person. For information, contact Paula Morthanos at; call 203-292-5588, Ext. 246; or visit
In addition to supporting Operation Hope in many ways, the Bigelow tea company, the headquarters for which are on lower Black Rock Turnpike, has organized the Bigelow Community Challenge, a one-day road race every September. According to the company website,, more than $600,000 has been distributed to local charities, including Operation Hope. Additionally, the company and its employees have supported the Connecticut Food Bank, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, the Kennedy Center, Junior Achievement, the Bridgeport school system’s Read Aloud Day and Mentor Program and the American Red Cross, among other agencies and programs.
“As good corporate citizens,” says Cindi Bigelow on the website, “we feel an obligation to support the local communities where we reside so as to build a good working relationship as well as to contribute to worthy local and national causes.”
I, for one, am glad they do.

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