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The 28th Annual Auction for Achievers Dinner took place Thursday November 10 at The St. Ann Club in Norwalk, CT.


Attendees at this year’s Auction for Achievers Dinner found many wonderful items to bid upon in both the Silent and Live Auctions, enjoyed the Martini Bar, Sponsored by Diageo North America, and indulged in a wonderful dinner.

max-and-momThis year our Guest Speaker was Max Tannenbaum, a JA Company Student. He talk about Junior Achievement and what it means to him.

At this year’s auction, JASWCT Board member, Robert Salaga, introduced a new opportunity to support JA program with the Build A Dream initiative. Through this initiative we have raised about $5,000 so far. Contributions are still being welcomed for this initiative through our First Giving page.

Every year we also take this opportunity to honor those who have helped make Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut a success through the following awards:

The Theodore White Partnership Award was established in 1993 to provide recognition to those education and business partners whose outstanding service to Junior Achievement deserve acknowledgement. The award is named in honor of former Junior Achievement Board Chairman and volunteer, Ted White. During his long association with Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut, Ted White provided leadership and exemplified the spirit of volunteerism. Ted worked behind the scenes with great humility and dignity, and never sought the limelight, though he was the star of many projects. Above all, Ted was a wonderful person and a great friend to Junior Achievement. Each year, Junior Achievement recognizes partners whose spirit and style most closely resemble Ted’s.

The Karen Colangelo Outstanding Volunteer Award is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer/volunteers who “goes the extra mile” for JA. The award was created in 2003 in memory of Karen Colangelo, an advocate and champion of JA. As a high school student in Stamford, Karen was involved in the JA Company Program, was Business Communicator of the Year in 1989 and represented Junior Achievement of Southwest CT at the National Junior Achievement Conference in the summer of 1989. Her experience with the program triggered a passion for JA which she carried over into her college life. As a college student Karen volunteered in the Elementary Program and continued to volunteer when she entered the business world. She was an avid volunteer while employed at GE and worked hard to recruit her colleagues to volunteer. She was a committed and dedicated member of the JA family who is truly missed.

2016 Award Recipients:


  • Theodore White Partnership Award, Outstanding Education Partner  Turn of River Middle School in Stamford – award accepted by Robert Biko, Assistant Principal
  • Theodore White Partnership Award, Outstanding Business Partner Synchrony Financial – award accepted by Reda Supe, SVP and Chief Credit Risk Officer, Synchrony Financial
  • Karen Colangelo Outstanding Volunteer Award – Vicki O’Rourke, Parent and Community Volunteer at Hindley Elementary School
  • Karen Colangelo Outstanding Volunteer Award – Michael McNamara, Certified Public Accountant, UBS AG

A special Thank You to the generous donors who helped make this event a success! For a PDF of the Auction for Achiever program, please click here.

Check back soon to save the date for the 2017 Auction for Achievers Dinner!