By Building One Community/ The Patch
On May 19th, nearly 600 supporters came together at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency for Building One Community's 10th Annual Benefit Breakfast event. The goal of the event was to raise funds to support immigrant integration in Fairfield County and to raise awareness of the importance of integrating immigrants and their families. The passionate and heartfelt speeches delivered throughout the morning stirred up emotions and inspired attendees, resulting in overwhelming support for B1C's mission.
The event was attended by notable government officials, including Mayor Caroline Simmons, US Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Jim Himes, Attorney General William Tong, Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas, Representatives Anabel Figueroa, David Michel, Rachel Khanna, Tracy Marra, and Darien Selectman Marcy Minnick.
This gathering was an opportunity to reflect on immigrants' challenges when coming to a new country and the positive role organizations like B1C play locally. The keynote speaker, Dr. Paula Garay, a public health professional and the director of the emme coalition at OPTIMUS Health Care, shared her emotional personal story of overcoming tremendous challenges as an immigrant. She urged the audience to support reliable, trustworthy organizations like B1C that deliver essential resources, support, and guidance with compassion and care.