I grew up watching Chris Evert during the height of her tennis career and rarely missed a match and an article about her game or her personal life. I got to know Carla Miklos, the executive director of Operation Hope of Fairfield, during my time as editor of the Fairfield Citizen and later, after I left the paper, as a volunteer for her organization. I have watched Carla lead Operation Hope so that the clients are served with dignity and get the help they so desperately need.
On Monday, Oct. 1, at 3:30 p.m. at Operation Hope’s office, 636 Old Post Road, Chris Evert will present Carla with a $5,000 donation in recognition of her contributions to the organization. The award is coming from the Hood Simply Smart Milk “Make a Difference, Taste a Difference.” Hood is the company that produces milk products.
The Simply Smart “Make a Difference, Taste a Difference” program recognizes local women making a difference in their communities. Carla is one of three women chosen for the award. Winners were chosen based on the number of votes received on the Simply Smart Milk Facebook page.
In a press release from Hood, Evert said, “It’s a true honor to recognize Carla as part of the Hood Simply Smart ‘Make a Difference, Taste a Difference’ program with a $5,000 donation to Operation Hope. It is important for everyone to not only make a difference in their community but also for their families in their everyday choices. The women being recognized by Hood for their efforts are true examples of how their dedication and hard work are leaving a lasting imprint on their communities.”
Operation Hope addresses basic needs for food and shelter, as well as offering long-term solutions to hunger and homelessness, including affordable housing, life skills training and personalized clinical support.
Carla added in the same release, “We are thrilled to be recognized by Hood Simply Smart Milk and excited about meeting Chris Evert. It is our vision that every person in our community has a place to call home, supportive relationships and hope for the future. Operation Hope is committed every day to helping our neighbors in need and I am proud to be a part of this vital organization.”
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. While there is no admission fee, food donations for Operation Hope’s pantry will be accepted. After the ceremony, cookies and Hood milk will be served.
For more information about Operation Hope, call 203-292-5588 or visit www.operationhopect.org.