Stanwich School young philanthropists raise funds with sweets

From left, Celia Daigle, Sydney Pittignano, Elizabeth Raezer, Grayson McIntyre and Winnie Marion held a bake sale for a great cause.

From left, Celia Daigle, Sydney Pittignano, Elizabeth Raezer, Grayson McIntyre and Winnie Marion held a bake sale for a great cause.

This past March, five Stanwich School sixth-graders set up shop on Greenwich Avenue, selling baked goods to fund cancer research.

All proceeds went to Stamford’s Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the nation’s only non-profit dedicated exclusively to cell and gene therapies for cancer which has granted over $24.7 million to top oncologists and researchers internationally in the fight against cancer. Last month, the foundation received a boost from a handful of young Greenwich philanthropists, thanks to the help of Celia Daigle, Winnie Marion, Grayson McIntyre, Sydney Pittignano and Elizabeth Raezer.

“We’re so proud our girls have the initiative and heart to raise funds for such great causes,” said Beth Daigle, Celia’s mother.

The girls first learned about ACGT and its mission after reading a story in the local newspaper. They were inspired to fund-raise for the nonprofit, and shared both their sweets and missions with shoppers. They crafted signs, promoted the sale over morning announcements, and baked the treats themselves.

The $220 raised will go directly toward the cause, as ACGT commits 100 percent of donations toward research and treatment. Currently, ACGT is funding innovative projects at Stanford University, University of Maryland and elsewhere that offer hope to children diagnosed with brain cancer. In conjunction with an earlier bake sale, the girls have donated a total of $450 to ACGT so far.

They’re hoping to successfully raise even more with another baked sale later this spring.

“We are so gratified that these young philanthropists at Stanwich School have ACGT in their hearts and minds,” said Barbara Netter, ACGT President and co-founder, in a press release. “Celia, Winnie, Grayson, Sydney and Elizabeth inspire us all to help fund research that will save lives and change the way we treat cancer forever.”

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