Family ReEntry holds successful benefit

Danee McKnight’s story about how Family ReEntry helped him build a positive life for himself was a highlight of the organization’s recent Greenwich event.

Danee McKnight’s story about how Family ReEntry helped him build a positive life for himself was a highlight of the organization’s recent Greenwich event.

Family ReEntry’s 16th Annual Garden Concert held on Oct. 6 was a resounding success with a light-hearted event to support a serious cause. Meg Tolin Piper, former Broadway performer, was aided and abetted by spirited musical director David Lewis, as Family ReEntry’s supporters heard a moving testimony to the agency from a former offender who is now a dedicated employee and a program manager.

Hosted by Joan Warburg at her backcountry estate, Bydale, the Backcountry Cabaret concert celebrated Family ReEntry’s 16th season under a mammoth tent, decorated with vivid linens and napery.

Executive Director Steve Lanza detailed the agency’s growth and future development for guests. Family ReEntry’s mission is to develop, implement and share sustainable, cost-effective solutions for people in the criminal justice system through prevention (youth mentoring), intervention (domestic violence) and reentry programs.

The Broadway Cabaret Style Extravaganza was celebrated with delicious hors d’oeurves, a live auction and a spirited “paddle raise,” conducted by Family ReEntry’s Director of Development Jeffrey Earls.

The most impressive part of the afternoon, organizers said, was the testimony given by Daee McKnight, who spoke movingly of his past as an ex-offender and about creating a better life for himself as an employee of Family ReEntry. He emphasized his desire to give back and assist gentlemen coming out of the criminal justice system.

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