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Norah O'Donnell Speaks for STAR To Benefit Local People Who Have Developmental Disabilities

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The 2nd Annual Speakers Luncheon to benefit STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way… was once again a popular success with rave reviews. The event featured Norah O’Donnell on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Woodway Country Club in Darien, Connecticut. Ms. O’Donnell’s speech, titled “Work and Family: Achieving Balance and Leaving Time for Yourself” was moderated by Sharon Crowley, TV reporter and anchor for WNYW Fox5 News. Over 200 people attended the luncheon, which raised over $45,000 for STAR.

Norah shared her inspiration and powerful experiences as a news anchor, White House news correspondent, student at Georgetown University, wife of retauranteur, and mother of three children—and her efforts to “have it all”. She shared stories from the historic 2008 presidential election, and traveling extensively with then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and reporting on the war in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.

The speech was followed by a Question and Answer session which resulted in women from the audience sharing their own experiences as working women, wives and mothers.

Norah O’Donnell, named “One of Washington’s 100 most powerful women” by Washingtonian Magazine, was also called by the magazine, “One of Washington’s most trusted anchors.” She is the current Chief White Correspondent for CBS News, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, substitute anchor for Face the Nation and contributor for the award-winning 60 minutes.

Sponsors of this event include: The Komansky Family, Prospect Hill Foundation, Obie and Beth Harrington-Howes, Callari Auto Group, Anne DeBowes, Wells Fargo Advisors, Mary Dellarusso, Kristen Eveland, Fairfield County Bank, First County Bank, Northwestern Mutual and Purdue Pharma. In-Kind Sponsors include Andrew Stefanou Salon and Spa, Bling, Michael Joseph’s Catering of Darien, PCI Creative Group and Point-to-Point Livery Service, Nestle Waters NA and Canaiden Media.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1952 to serve individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families in Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport and Weston.

For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, visit

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