Fairfield County Leadership Council

Two smiling children play with clay in Texas child care center classroom Save the Children helped to restore following Hurricane Harvey. Photo credit: Ellery Lamm / Save the Children

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Save the Children helped to restore and improve child care centers like the one Dezirae and Harmony attend.

For more information about the Fairfield County Leadership Council contact:
Ann Marie Miles
Senior Director, Individual Philanthropy
Save the Children

Our Mission

The Fairfield County Leadership Council (FCLC) represents a group of philanthropic leaders who are taking the initiative in building greater awareness and support in Fairfield County Connecticut. We anticipate that council members will demonstrate their commitment to Save the Children's mission - our mission - to ensure every child in the United States and around the world grows up healthy, educated and protected from harm.

Our Vision

Our council members bring special talents and participate in ways that make them the most effective toward achieving our goals. We encourage our members to introduce Save the Children to potential supporters and future council members in Fairfield County who could expand and enhance Save the Children’s ability to fulfill its mission.

We invite our council members to identify Save the Children as one of their own philanthropic priorities. In particular, we ask members to consider the impact of annual giving for the boys and girls who need our help. This could be a family philanthropy initiative and leadership opportunity with teen participation in the Fairfield County Leadership Youth Council and or in school clubs.

We encourage council members to visit our field programs to see our work for children first-hand. We also encourage members to attend council meetings and consider hosting or co-hosting a Save the Children salon event or council meeting in their home. Finally, we look forward in sharing a rewarding experience of friendship, philanthropy and fun!

Our Focus

The FCLC anchors our focus within the Save the Children organization’s mission and priorities. In the last two years we have focused on education with support of Early Childhood Development and Return to Learning programs. New focus areas we support include maternal and reproductive health, and gender equality. We adapt to changing needs of children and mobilize quickly when emergencies strike at home or in other countries. For example, in 2017, we held a pop-up event benefitting victims of Hurricane Maria.

Fairfield County Leadership Council Members

Bernadette “Bernie” Park – Chair
Lauri Altman Posner
Sheila Clancy
Joan Curran
Kristana Esslinger
Jen Gruen
Barbara Kleban
Joan Panagos
Debbie Prister
Sheila Sullivan
Anne Troxell

Anne Bigin
Cindy Johnston
Michelle Lavelle
Jen Lubarsky
Caroline Wetzel

Events and Field Trips

Feb. 9, 2019 – A Night at Studio 54, Suzuki Music Hall, Westport, CT

Nov. 2018 – STC Illumination Gala, Museum of Natural History, NYC
Fall 2018 – Appalachia trip
Aug. 2018 – Guatemala trip
Apr. 2018 – Annual FLC Luncheon (Return to Learning), Fairfield County
Feb. 2018 – Puerto Rico trip
Jan. 2018 – Winter White Dinner, Aspetuck Country Club

Nov. 2017 – STC Illumination Gala, NYC
Oct. 2017 – Band Together Concert (pop-up) benefitting the Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund
Jul. 2017 – South Carolina
Jun. 2017 – Band Together Rock Concert
Apr. 2017 - Annual FCLC Luncheon (Early Childhood Development U.S.), Fairfield County

For more information or to RSVP please email:

Fairfield Country Leadership Youth Council

The Fairfield County Leadership Youth Council (FCLYC) is a group of teens from surrounding towns in Fairfield country committed to help change the lives of children in the United States and around the world. They participate in advocacy programs, local fundraising and educate fellow students through high school clubs and other local community groups. This past spring, members from the Youth Council travelled to D.C. to participate in the Save the Children’s Advocacy Summit where they met with Congressman Jim Himes and other student ambassadors.

Expectations for FCLYC Teen Membership

  • Attend 3 student ambassador meetings per year
  • Participate in annual fundraising event planned by the ambassadors
  • Participate/implement one Advocacy ACTION individually or with other students
  • Try to form, continue or revive a Save the Children club at your school

For more information please contact:
Bernie Park, FCLC Chair

Get Involved


  • Participate in our community outreach, education and fundraising events
  • Tell your schools, organizations and community groups about Save the Children and encourage them to participate in our events
  • Organize events within your company or organization to support Save the Children through the FCLC
  • Spread awareness about Save the Children’s work to improve the lives of children in a sustainable way
  • Volunteer to be a leadership council partner
  • Volunteer to be a Junior Council member
    • STC Teen Ambassadors
    • Form Clubs at their schools – Grades 8-12
    • Learn about STC’s programs
    • Plan, attend and participate in 3 quarterly meetings and 1 annual Youth Council fundraising event (i.e. Dodgeball event)
    • Earn community service hours for meetings and events


  • Become an Event Sponsor


Ways to Give



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