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BIENNIAL REPORT 2017-2019


Dear Friends of Mill River Park Collaborative, The theme of this annual report is commitment. That term is often tossed around cavalierly, but at Mill River Park we take it very seriously. When the City of Stamford entrusted this project to the Mill River Park Collaborative in 2003, it was the first time the City had entered into a public/private partnership for a city-owned project. The City committed its most visible and potentially impactful public works project to a newly formed non-profit organization. We in turn committed to making it happen. We believe we have delivered on that commitment and exceeded the City’s and our own expectations of what could be achieved, in a relatively short time span. The Collaborative committed to raising significant private funds for a public park, a daunting prospect; yet, we have fulfilled that commitment, raising to date more than $24 million in private funds to build, sustain and program the Park. And we continue to raise funds for future development. The Collaborative’s focus on creating a vibrant world-class park that would become Stamford’s central park and hub of community activity is a commitment we have worked diligently to achieve. The myriad festivals, cultural activities, athletic and recreational opportunities, and yes, demonstrations, attest to the fact that Mill River Park truly has become our city’s central park. We made an early commitment to connect people and nature. Our educational programs for school children, our high-school-level Stewards program, and our nature walks are some examples of a commitment fulfilled. The advent of the Andrew & Michael Whittingham Discovery Center will open up tremendous new opportunities and resources for environmental awareness and education. The Collaborative has an incredibly dedicated staff and Board of Directors. We take our stewardship of the Park very seriously. Creating a world-class park and managing it so that it is safe, clean, and well programmed is what this organization’s commitment is all about. By making that commitment, we hope we can count on your commitment as well. Thank you,

Arthur Selkowitz Chairman

Dudley N. Williams Jr. President & CEO


Our Commitment to the Community Free Public Programming If connecting people and nature is the Mill River Park Collaborative motto, then community engagement is the beating heart. Friends, family, and even colleagues have their own “why� to meet at our Park. Whatever the reason, we help them create lasting memories. Each year, we welcome more than 15,000 area residents to join us for free or low-cost Park programs. In fact, these fun and fulfilling events serve as an introduction to Mill River Park for many visitors. Our many positive, safe, and engaging activities for the Stamford community are designed to provide numerous opportunities to interact with nature, the Park, and each other. Visitors can enjoy summer weekend movies in the Park, Afro Flow Yoga and Zumba classes, family Halloween trick-or-treating in the Park, and a wide range of child enrichment activities, all free of charge. Whether it means enjoying a winter horse drawn carriage ride, a summer fitness class or a dance party before a sundown movie, our programs are the reason Mill River Park is Stamford’s go-to outdoor center for nature, excitement and recreation!

By the Numbers: FitClub Classes in the Park

75 2,320 FIVE 100% Classes

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Halloween Party attendees all dressed up for the Trick or Treat Trail.

Our Commitment to Serving As a Gathering Place Mill River Park has evolved into the town commons for Stamford, hosting dozens of events for organizations across the area. From 5K walks for Stamford Public Education Foundation to the St. Jude’s Walk/Run, local and national organizations are taking advantage of the park’s location in the heart of Stamford. Over the past two years, thousands have shown up to March for Our Lives or attend a food festival in the Park.

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The Opening of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center

Our Commitment to Growth Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center Opening In November 2018, we officially opened the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center to the community. The 9,000 sq ft. rink is open 7 days a week for recreational skating. In its first year, almost 14,000 skaters enjoyed the ice.

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The Opening of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fountain

The Fountain Opening In September 2018, downtown Stamford became a little brighter and wetter with the opening of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fountain.

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The Back Porch In September of 2018, what was once a pile of gravel along Washington Boulevard, often referred to as Archstone, was transformed into Mill River Park’s Back Porch. Over 500 Diageo corporate volunteers came together to create this wonderful pop-up park, featuring a dog park, bocce court, garden seating and picnic area.

Our Commitment to Excellence The American Planning Association (APA) named Mill River Park as one of five Great Public Spaces on its Great Places in America list for 2018. APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States that demonstrate exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

Mill River Park: One of the 2018 Great Places in America

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Our Commitment to Connecting People and Nature

Discovering in Family Nature Club

Storytime at the Jaffe Heritage Cherry Tree Grove

Educational Opportunities Some of the foremost problems confronting society in the 21st century are environmental, and these are often exacerbated by accelerating global change such as climate change, land use change, rapid urbanization, ocean acidification, invasive species, and emerging infectious diseases. As the trend toward urbanization continues, it is critical to reconnect people with nature. Urban ecology is an important emerging environmental science field focused on accomplishing this goal. It is the study of living organisms in an urban environment and their relationship to each other, as well as the environmental impacts of the area on these organisms. Our first programs as an organization involved bringing children from the Yerwood Center to the Park to explore the nature in their backyards. Over the ensuing 15 years, our commitment to engaging Stamford’s youth in the urban environment has continued to deepen with a commitment to connecting area students to nature in the heart of our City.

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Stewards

Stewards hard at work cleaning up Mill River

The Mill River Park Collaborative Stewards Program is a paid internship for Stamford teens. Each year the program accepts 25 Stamford teens between the ages of 15 & 18 years old. Stewards spend their summer working in the park learning about conservation management practices, gardening, and everything else that comes with maintaining the park. Additionally, Stewards learn to identify native plant and bird species, discuss contemporary global environmental issues, and participate in career development workshops. The curriculum is built to give the students a broad range of environmental experiences that connect global and local issues.

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Testing the river water

Removing invasive species from the paths

In 2017, the Stewards Program grew from a summer-only internship into a yearround work opportunity. The “after school” Stewards meet once a week during the school year to build on the skills they developed during the summer. They continue to help park staff maintain the grounds during fall and spring, and undertake research projects during winter. In 2018, the Stewards produced a social media campaign that was carried out through Mill River’s social media channels alerting people to global water issues and what they can do to help reduce their personal impacts. Mill River Stewards continues to be one of our core educational programs that is poised for growth and provides life changing experiences for those involved.

The stewards program has brought me a greater respect for wildlife while [teaching me] the basics of environmental science. Through this program I’ve learned everything that goes into maintaining the park, how to identity plants and [how to] reduce my carbon footprint. I like how we talked about climate change, and what countries are doing to lower their carbon emissions, as climate change is a fundamental issue in our world. – Kathrina Exantus (2019 Summer Steward)

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Top and Bottom: Fourth grade students finding native plants on a scavenger hunt

Fourth Grade Program Our Elementary School Program offers an experiential- (hands on learning) environmental, science enrichment class to all Stamford 4th grade students. In the school years of 2017-2018 and 2019 (to date) Mill River Park’s education staff provided Fourth grade students from 8 local elementary schools with a three-part science enrichment program to supplement their elementary science curriculum. This is a total of more than 650 students participating in our science enrichment program each school year.

The students get hands-on experiences identifying native plants on a scavenger hunt and then see the different kinds of plants and animals that live and work together to make Mill River their home. They are so excited to see this right in their own backyard! – Brenda Kugeman, Fourth Grade Teacher, Newfield Elementary

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Finding worms to learn about decomposition

Taking soil samples

Students participate in 3 specially designed classes that enrich, activate, and educate students as they learn about nature – while IN nature. The first session brings students into the park for a native plant scavenger hunt, where students, accompanied by a Mill River educator, search for 20 different native plants and learn about the ecological significance of each native species. Part two, which takes place in the students’ classrooms during the winter, is focused on soil structure, decomposition, and nutrient cycling. The third and final segment of the program is back at the park during the springtime and involves students discovering creatures such as American Eels, crawfish, freshwater clams, Fiddler crabs that call the Mill River home – many of which have only recently returned to the river in recent years as a result of our remediation efforts!

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Summer and Vacation Camps In 2019 the Collaborative began offering Mill River Park Vacation Camp for children ages 4 to 14. These full-day camps provide children with a day of nature and fun during school breaks. Mill River Park Summer Camp in 2019 Building on the success of Vacation Camp, the Collaborative introduced Mill River Park Summer Camp in 2019. Mill River Summer Camp is the only camp that blends traditional summer

Using the buddy system between activities

camp activities with environmental education and recreation in the heart of Stamford.

As a parent of a nine-year-old who’s exploring her interests and finding her way, this summer’s program was a hit. The weekly choices of activities, the daily interactions with diverse children and counselors of all backgrounds and abilities, and the incredible field trips and activities offered to showcase our region were spectacular. – April Wennerstrom, Mill River Day Camp Parent

Amazing animals at the Bronx Zoo Field Trip

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With a focus on urban environmental education, camp incorporated adventure, the arts, recreation, stewardship, cultural & diversity awareness, teamwork, and most of all, fun! In addition to daily “camp-clubs” where campers picked their own activities, there were weekly field trips and many newly-made friendships. In our inaugural year we hosted 86 campers.

With a strong emphasis on equity, the Collaborative

Busting moves in Dance Club

is committed to meeting the demonstrated financial need of participants. Thanks to generous donors in our first summer of camp, 23% of campers received financial assistance ranging from 25% to 75% reduction in camp fees.

Gardening for Farmer’s Market Week

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Volunteers

Main Street Garden, 2019

Volunteers play an invaluable role in keeping Mill River Park safe, clean, and beautiful. Volunteers are led by Mill River staff, who greet them with the history of the site of Mill River Park dating all the way back to the founding of Stamford. Volunteers learn the significance of each volunteer project and leave with a sense of purpose of how their project fits in the larger, ongoing conservation management plans at the park. Some of our major volunteer projects have included: invasive plant species removal, garden plantings, weeding gardens, paths, and other hardscapes, playground washing, litter cleanup, sapling tree removal, lawn care, meadow plant transplanting, riverbank stabilization, riverbank debris removal, and more. In addition to Corporate volunteer teams we have individuals and small groups who spend countless hours helping the park thrive. Our special team of garden volunteers continue to create, maintain, and perfect the Main Street Garden just next to 1010 Washington Boulevard on Main Street.

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Corporate Partners We welcomed the following corporate volunteers for projects in 2018/2019: Deloitte

AIFS

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

KPMG

XL Catlin

Apple

Viacom

Castleton

Indeed

Allergan

Sacred Heart Med Students

Ernst and Young

Solebury Trout

Stantec

Marriott

Diageo

KPMG Interns

YMCA

Synchrony

UBS

Morgan Stanley

Jersey Cares

UConn Service Club

Henkel Corporation

Indeed volunteers cleaning up the Park

By the Numbers: Volunteerism

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807 volunteers 2,438 hours

1,105 volunteers 5,255 hours

Morgan Stanley volunteers pulling tires from the river

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Our Commitment to Community Fun Pizza in the Park, 2019

Major Events Mill River Park collaborates with community partners to provide yearround park fun. The Collaborative hosts a full calendar of events for all ages. Most signature events take place on the Karp Family Great Lawn. One of our most popular events is Pizza in the Park. Partnering with Half Full Brewery, this event features over a dozen pizza food truck vendors. Over 2,000 attendees ate slices and sipped a selection of Half Full’s delicious beer, while listening to

Pumpkin Painting at Halloween Party

national touring musicians. Concerts at the Carousel, presented by Mill River Park Collaborative, brings world class musicians into an intimate setting in the park. Taking place inside the Brownstein | Selkowitz Carousel Pavilion, up to 200 guests per show

Enjoying a cold one at the Oktoberfest Beer Garden

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Spring and fall of 2019 marked our sixth and seventh seasons of the Mill River Cornhole League. This highly competitive league features up to 24 teams competing across 6 weeks to make the playoffs. This spring, the Lords of Boards captured their fourth title in 6 seasons.

Kite Festival & Indian Independence Day

Our annual free-to-the-public events have become a tradition for thousands of area residents. Trick-or-Treat in the Park transforms our nature trails to “treat trails” providing a safe and fun Halloween event for more than 5,000 youngsters and their families and friends, while the Kite Festival & Indian Independence Day gives the Stamford community the perfect way to celebrate.

Kung Fu performing at Concerts @ the Carousel

Parties in the Park The Park has quickly emerged as a popular spot for celebrating in Stamford. From toddler birthday parties at the Carousel, to tween skating parties with s’mores, Mill River Park has you covered. We’ve even been known to host a Corporate barbecue or retreat!

Connecticut Ballet Performance

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Whittingham Discovery Center - rendering by Centerbrook Architects

Our Commitment to Growth The Andrew & Michael Whittingham Discovery Center Introducing the Whittingham Discovery Center. By the beginning of 2020, we will break ground on the Whittingham Discovery Center, a state-of-the-art building on the east side of the park committed to environmental education – and fun!

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Exhibit Space, Whittingham Discovery Center Right: Kids’ Classroom, Whittingham Discovery Center

The building will have an interactive exhibit space featuring the history of the Mill River, the importance of caring for our natural resources, and the effects of climate change – right in our backyard. Changing exhibits will provide hands-on learning and an opportunity for community gatherings. In addition to the public exhibit space there will be specially equipped environmental education suites, a café, and an amphitheater. The Whittingham Discovery Center will be here for generations to come so that all can see the importance of taking care of the environment.

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Phase II - Main Street to Richmond Hill We will also begin construction of Phase II of the Park, which will encompass the construction of a new playground and splash pad between Main Street and Tresser Boulevard, the Deborah and Charles Royce Topiary Frog Comfort Station and 3.5 acres of new paths and greenspace from Tresser Boulevard to Richmond Hill Avenue. We anticipate that this new and revitalized section of the park will be completed by the summer of 2020.

Inspirational renderings of the Splash Pad (pictured) and new playground equipment (right)

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2006: The Creation of the Playground at Mill River Park.

This once-unkempt area has been transformed into a safe child-centered playground, while the surrounding garden provides an opportunity for children and adults to interact with nature and enjoy the 18,000 flowers planted there.

2009: The Restoration of Mill River.

With the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a river that once was dammed and polluted has been restored and revived. The freed river has become the home to many new species of fish and wildlife. The 100-year flood elevations have been lowered by three feet in Downtown Stamford and future flooding will be contained in the Mil River Park’s floodplain.

2013: The creation of 12 acres of beautiful landscape in the heart of Stamford.

Thousands of new shrubs and 400 new trees were added, including 70 cherry trees. In fact, with the Jaffe Heritage Cherry Tree Grove, the Park is now home to the largest cherry tree grove in New England.

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Mill River Park Collaborative Supporters We want to acknowledge and thank all of our generous park supporters who gave from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

Legacy Grove Special thanks to the donors who have given or pledged over $1 million dollars in the Collaborative’s history.

Andrew and Michael Whittingham City of Stamford Don and Lisa Brownstein

Cherry Blossom Society Special thanks to the donors who have given or pledged $225,000 to $750,000 in the Collaborative’s history. Charles & Deborah Royce David & Miriam Nissen Dean & Laura Godown Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Karp Family Foundation Nestle Waters North America Inc. Purdue Pharma L.P.

General Electric

Reckson, A Division of SL Green

John and Paula Todd

Robert & Patricia Phillips

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Selkowitz Family Foundation

Stephen & Harley Osman Structured Portfolio Management The Herbert & Nell Singer Foundation, Inc.

State of Connecticut

The Overbrook Foundation

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation

The Rich Family Foundation Thomson Reuters Vince & Linda McMahon Family Foundation, Inc.

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Charitable Contributions $3 million to $100,000

Brownstein Family Foundation

Stephen & Harley Osman

Building and Land Technology

The Rich Family Foundation

Cacace, Tusch & Santagata

The Whittingham Family Foundation

Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey

Thomas & Tizzie Mantione

Dean and Laura Godown*

Castleton Commodities International LLC

Trafigura Trading, LLC / Trafigura Foundation

Diageo North America

Charter Communications

Trinity Financial, Inc.

City of Stamford* Selkowitz Family Foundation*

$99,999 to $50,000 Purdue Pharma L.P. Robert & Patricia Phillips Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation

Dan & Dorothy Hines Day Family Foundation Diana & Steven Lenkowsky

Thomas Tryforos

UBS Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, LLP

First County Board of Directors

$9,999 to $5,000

Frank & Lori Mercede

$49,999 to $25,000

Aircastle Advisor, LLC

Grade A ShopRite

Amin & Fatima Mawji

Arnold & Lisa Karp

Harry Day

Charles & Deborah Royce

Comcast Foundation

Henry V. Heuser

Cross Insurance Agency

Don Brownstein

James Shapiro & Cristin Tierney

Edmund C. Spencer Fund/ Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Jed & Alana Selkowitz

Fabrizio & Barbara Zichichi

Kaye and Hennessey, LLC

First County Bank

Fairfield County Bank

Lapine Company

First Bank of Greenwich

Thomson Reuters

JJ Sendelbach

First County Bank Foundation, Inc.

Melissa Anne Leonhardt Fund/ General Reinsurance Corporation Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

$24,999 to $10,000 Accurate Lock and Hardware Anthony Jr. & Caroline Gaglio

People’s United Bank Pitney Bowes, Inc. Reckson, A Division of SL Green

David & Patricia Watkins David Stuckey Eastern Land Management Everett & Sally Schenk

George & Meg Bradt Glenn Oztemel Ian Waring J. Crew Jonathan & Caroline Garrity Joy Frank

Ricardo & Flavia Mornaghi

KAF Manufacturing

Richard & Cynthia Blumenthal

Kirmar Foundation

Bartlett Tree Experts

SB+W, Soule, Blake+Wechsleer, Inc.

Luke & Katherine Daigle

Bloomberg

Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

LUKOIL Pan Americas, LLC

Boehm Family Foundation

Silver Golub & Teitell, LLP

Arthur & Betsey Selkowitz Bankwell

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Starwood Legacy Fund/Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Mayborn USA NBC Sports Group NBC Universal


Nestle Waters North America Inc. Chris McIntosh

Jennifer Yocham

Nicholas Haslett

Jerry Nielsen

Christian Roth

Overbrook Family Advised Fund Claire L. Helsing Foundation

Jim Himes

Patriot Bank N.A.

Clayton Fowler

Jim Kirsch

Peter & Betsy Kempner

Jo Rausch

Rey Giallongo & Cheryl Palmer

Connecticut On-Line Computer Center (COCC)

Richard & Pam Vogel

David & Eileen Heckerling

Shelly & Kavya Nichani

David Cingari

Simon & Julene Greenshields

David Wilson

Stamford Downtown Special Services District

Diego Camacho

Stamford Hospital

Duane & Lee Hill

Stamford Hospital Foundation

Dudley Williams & Juanita James

Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF)

Edward & Susan Greenberg

Stamford Town Center Stephen & Dale Hoffman Steven & Lisa Wise Structured Portfolio Management Susan R. Cullman & John Kirby Vince & Linda McMahon Webster Bank William Reed & Kate Campbell

$4,999 to $1,000 AffinEco LLC

Douglas & Sharon Karp

Elise Swanton Elizabeth & Bruce Huffine Empire State Realty Trust Frederic & Harriet Dulaney Gail Kirhoffer Gari & Ira Dansky GE Foundation George & Cathy Saint Louis-Boyce George & Phyllis Heller Glasky Family Fund Global Organization of People of Indian Origin

Joe Cingari Joel & Bonnie Glasky John & Lauren Driscoll John & Megan Shapiro John Bonora John Nee John Polera John Rutherford Jonathan Shull Joseph & Tina Bartels Judith Steinberg Kathryn Emmett & David Golub Katie Kasinskas Kerrin & Stephne Behrend Kristen Stops Larry Kravetz Leonard & Judith Haber Leonard & Mary Lou D’Andrea Lewis & Laurie Finkel Lori Leskin

Heidi Stephens

LoveSac

Andrew & Andrea Shantz

Henkel Corporation

Malcolm & Dianne Houtz

Andrew & Robyn Whittingham

Ian Shrank

Mark & Heidi Silverstein

Andrew Falcon

Indeed

Mark Czarnecki

Andy Devlin

Irwin & Arlene Ettinger

Mark Lvoff

BDO USA, LLP

Ivan Nikolic

Marsha Shendell

Bill & Lisa Tyson

James Duffy

Marshall & Joanne Goldberg

Bob & Mary Granata

Jamie B. King

Marshall Adams

Brian Miller

Jamie Delaney

Martin & Aviva Budd

Centerbrook Architects and Planners

Jay & Esta Feinsod

Michael & Terran Whittingham

Jay & Gail Mahoney

Michael Fedele

Charle Sanford

Jeffrey & Marty Cokin

Michael McEvilly

Charlie Myers

Jeffrey Frase

Ahmet Atamen


Michael Padovano

Todd O’Malley

Divyesh Patel

Mitchell & Anne Katcher

Tom & Denise Walsh

Donald Gustafson

Morton & Eleanor Lowenthal

TP Host LLC

Drew Slack

Naeem & Susannah Fayyaz

Trey Jackson

E. Garrett Bewkes

New England Donor Services, Inc.

Vincent & Isabella Ventrini

Elaine Rubinson & Steve Berni

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Vopak

Fred Boutin

Nic Doria

William Harford

Fredric & Ronnie Zinn

NIC Holding Corporation

William McDonough

James Fairweather Jeffrey Kravet

Norman & Nina Lotstein

$999 to $500

Jennifer & Mark Lapine

Olive & James Doyle

A.P. Construction Co., Inc.

Jonathan Foster

Paul & Aga Senecal

Andrea Valerio & Marcella Branca

Josh Fedeli

Paul & Darlene McDowell

Andrew & Caren Glickson

Kim Barnes

People’s United Community Foundation

Andrew Cooper

Kunjan Collective, LLC

Avram and Rhoda Freedberg Fund

Larry Barbish

O&G Industries, Inc. Olav Refvik

PKF O’Connor Davies LLP Plaza Realty & Management Corporation

Bill & Jevera Hennessey Black Hawk Coal Sales

PQ Recycling, LLC

Bradley Michelson

Prior Family Foundation

Bruce & Connie Hubbard

Robert Half International

Bryan Keogh

Robin Stein & Silvia Fernandez-Stein

C. Meyrick Payne

Robinson & Cole

Carrie O’Donnell

John Riley

Lauren Fredette Len & Catherine Miller Luigi Tevolini Manny Queiros Marcelo & Jen Deambrosio Marcia E. Berry Marianne & Edward Pollak Marilyn Clements

Chris & Nina Parker

Matthew Brewer

Community Health Center

Matthew Wilber

Computronix

Max & Dale Berger

Conair Corporation

Melissa Mulrooney

Cornelius & Gertrude Prior

Metatek

Craig & Suzanne Olin

Michael & Louise C.C. Widland

Stephen & Gail Trell

David & Jessica Kooris

MUFG Union Bank, NA

Steven Bunkin

David & Linda Cunn

Nancy Freedman

Stewart Scharnberg

David & Paula Weinstein

Pinot’s Palette

SWC Office Furniture Outlet, Inc.

David Genovese & Camilla Herrera

Synchrony Financial

David Hoffman

The Capital Grille

David Lehman

The Whitmyer Family

David Martin

Tim Hale

Debbie Salce

Ronald & June Ahrens Samuel Fuller Sandy & Robert Goldstein Shawn Bundy Sheldron & Helen Seplowitz Sidney Stern Memorial Trust

Polly Perkins Johnson Rachel Sherman Ralf van der Ven Richard Zaremski Risa Raich Robert Pierce & Joan Jia-Peirce


Rocco V. D’Andrea, Inc.

Dan Plutto

Marc Bennett & Katherine Meyers

Ryan Salvatore & Mary Burr

Daniel Wilson

Marina Chassapis

Sanjeev Gupta

David Wilkins

Marissa Miraval

Saul & Mimi Cohen

Dennis & Linda Hampton

Mary Fawcett

Scott Krowitz

Dennis Bradley

Mary Lou Rinaldi

Seth & Eve Lapine

Don Ryan

Maryly Culpepper

Simply Signs

Edward & Donna Fuhrman

Michael Moran

Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, Inc.

Ellen Bromley & Tom Gizicki

Natalie Coard

EMCOR Services New England Mechanical

Noah & Holly Lapine

Susan & Randy Johnson Susan Wise

Emily Gordon

Tamara Duncan

Eric Brienza

Tammy Davis

Ernie Orgera

Terry May

Frank & Lolita Savage

Theodore Sergi

Gary Lessen

Tomeka Martin

Gloria DePina

Tomra North America

Grafico

Walter Markes

Handy Lube

William & Barbara Cronin

J. Samuel Chase

$499 to $250 Adam & Laurie Selkowitz Aladdin Services, LLC Andrea Hadzimichalis Angela Carlucci Angela Curley Barbara Aronica Bart & Kate Osman Betsey Decker Brian & Monica Sciacca Bruce & Ellen Gordon Carl & Dana Weinberg Ceci Maher Chris Malloy Cipirani Pilates Clancy Moving and Logistics Craig Yocham Cummings & Lockwood, LLC

James McArdle Jeffrey Brennan Jeffrey Calender Jerry Silber John & Stacy Leydon John & Stacy Louizos John Tesoriero Johnna Torsone & John McKeon Kay Breakstone Laura Lehman Lawrence Baker Leslie Gianelli Lina Morielli Lindsay McNeil Lisa Colangelo Lisa Musilli Louis Cappelli Louisa Greene Lynn Friedberg Mandy Jackson

Philip and Patricia Swan Pitney Bowes Foundation Rachel Anson Rebecca Brown Richard Cooney Richard Seto Rick & Robin Redniss Robert & Deborah Neiman Robert Kirk Robert Ricciuti Ron Rozgonyi Russell Jones Sara & Bruce Tucker Sarah & Mike Handler Scott Gerard Stephen & Meena Lynch Stephen Munger Steve & Sandy Soule Steve Elbaum Steven Drew Susan Eckestien Susan O. Singer Ted Ferrarone Tony Barr Tracy Kramer Vinnie Fusco Wendy Lewis


$249 to $100

Jessica Beal

Richard & Rosalea Fisher

Joan Montello

Richard Blomberg

Adam Stolpen

John Barnes

Richard Muskus

Aimee Eichen & Jeff Shakin

Joseph & Bette Epstein

Robert King

Alberto Milani

Joseph Simon

Ronald & Ana Gold

Amnon Meiri

Josh Feil

Securitas

Annie Giannatasi

Judy Heft

Shippan Point Garden Club

Bill Catanzaro

Julie Dentel

Sofia Durham

Bruce & Alicia Wettenstein

Karen Kelly

Stamford EMS

Carl & Judy Stewart

Kelly Trahan

Stuart Adelberg

Kevin Moynihan

Susie Baker

Kona Ice of Stamford

Terry Adams

Kurt & Susan Ostheimer

Thomas & Madeline Conway

Lisa Yarnell

Tim Chan

Lisa Bancroft

Todd Auslander

Lisa Newman

Vagn & Mary Fausing

Luigi Girotto

Valerie Cooper

Lynn Bimonte

Wendy Ramos

Mark McGrath

Wendy Wooters

Mary L. Krayeske

William & Jevera Hennessey

Matthew Quinones

Zoe Godown

Carolyn Coutant Carolyn Nadel-Farin & Phil Farin Cathleen Donnelly & Bart Donahoe Cathy Cohan Cherise Ahay Chintan Patel Dianne & Robert Colgan Dwayne & Danielle Robinson Edward & Ronnie Fein Elliot & Emily Turner Elvira Albert Frances Dorris Garry Morton Gary Gepner & Susan Baldwin Gary Mansfield Geoff Kupferschmid Giorgio and Lavinia Masetti-Zannini

Maureen Furlong Merlin & Elaine Alper Michelle Murphy

Up to $99

Mike Edwards

Alice Knapp & Walt Young

Morgan & Julie Mckeown

Allen & Sherri Rosenthal Amazon Smile

Gregory Bomash

New England Investment Partners, LLC

Harley Tusa

Nolan & Barbara Schwartz

Anna Antonelli

Ivonne Zucco

Patrick Rogers

Aylin Utke

James & Florine Popper

Paul & Carol Tusch

Barbara Jacobs

Peter Rosato

Benjamin Zimon

Pia Baker

Body Therapy by Dai LLC

Randie Katz & Lawrence Cryer

Brian & Julie Dentel

Rebecca Trigilio

Brian Walsh

Rhonda Eldridge

Brittney Garth

Ricardo Pietri

Cassandra McAlman

Richard & Patti Slavin

Cheryl Keith

Jami Sherwood Janet & Peter Vanderwaart Jaqueline Lightfield Jay & Miriam Shaw Jeffrey & Donna Farber Jeffrey & Sheila Katz Jennifer McMonagle Jeri & Mark Appel

Andrew Sklover


Matching Gifts

Corti Cooper

Nia & Tunde Jackson

David & Lorraine Kweskin

Patricia Chacra

Dudley Williams III

Patrick Sullivan

Elizabeth Golden

Quynh Goodhouse

Franklin & Sondra Melzer

Regan Allan

Fuel Your Fitness

Robert L. Green

Gifts in Kind

Funky Hippie LLC

Ronnie Wiederlight

12M Yacht Development Foundation

Gail Grosso Hofmann

Russ Sackowitz

Arthur & Betsey Selkowitz

Grace Markovits

Sarah Sherwood

Barcelona Wine Bar

Green & Tonic

Tommi Kern

bartaco

Gunnar Sahlin

Upper Deck Fitness

Benefit Cosmetics

Guy Bailey & Kathy King

William & Patricia O’Donnell

Brooklawn Country Club

IBM International Foundation

Yichun Williams

Chelsea Piers Connecticut

Indigo Acupuncture

Zahya Beall

Chez Vous Bistro

GE Foundation Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Ingrid Haughton

Cipriani Pilates

James Sabia

Columbus Park Trattoria

Jeanne Courter

Curtain Call

Jennifer Rogers

Del Frisco’s Grille

Joanne Mangione & Jeffrey Moreland

Diageo North America

Joanne Zammit John Bentley John Keller Judi Schneider JustGive Karen Juul Kathryn Meyers Kevin & Deborah Kelly Kylie O’Connor Laura Jordan Lawrence Kaufman & Mary McNeel Mamas Empanadas Food Truck LLC Marc Kurzman Margot & Bill Zales Marjorie J. Shyavitz Martha Gonzalez Matthew Gostomski Michelle Parchesky Millary Morton

Exhale Stamford Flinders Lane Kitchen & Bar Go Green Dry Cleaner Governor Dan Malloy Half Full Brewery Hampton Inn Hotel Zero Degrees Jack Dog Studio Kramer Portraits Lapine Inc. Lisa Tannebaum Litchfield Distillery Love Sac Madonia Mitchell’s Family of Stores NBC Sports Group Noelle Spa for Beauty and Wellness Ocean House Orangetheory Fitness Peter Kempner


Gifts in Kind Picture That, LLC Pinot’s Pallete Posh Spa and Nails RPM Raceway Salon Shahin Spavia Day Spa Stamford Downtown Special Services District

Special Events Volunteers

Garden Volunteers

Adam Blackwell

Laura Godown

Ailish Keating

Lisa Tyson

Andy Blieden

Lynn Bimonte

Barbara Zichichi

Myles Cohen

Brenda Cook

Sondra Limeburner

Cheryl Keith

Tammy Davis

David Gay Duncan and Karen Keith

Steven & Alexandra Cohen

Elena Pepe-Salutric

Susan O. Singer

Jenn Lumba

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum

Jim Bria and Erin Harris

The Capital Grille

Katie Gonzalez

The Connecticut Ballet

Kevin Roberts

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium

Kristia Janowski

The Walt Disney Company Today Show Tom Rich Vineyard Vines Westport Country Playhouse

John Follis

Liz Golden RJ Mercede Rouja Brzozowski Scott Dziura Shaira Sunbeam Victoria Rinocchiaro


Membership Architect Arthur & Betsey Selkowitz Bill & Lisa Tyson Dudley Williams & Juanita James Morton & Eleanor Lowenthal

Designer Ilario Altamura JJ Sendelbach Michael O’Rourke Terry Adams

Steward

Emily Gordon

Arvind Singh

Evie Shapiro

Carolyn Nelson

Amin & Fatima Mawji

Curt Anastasio

Gary Gepner & Susan Baldwin

David & Paula Weinstein

Guy Bailey & Kathy King

Dena Kedra

Heidi W. Hamilton

Esperanza Eilets

Jami Sherwood

Jeanette Gromko

Jeffrey & Marty Cokin

Jean-Marc Di Longo

John Roemer

Jennifer & Rob Godzeno

Joseph & Bette Epstein

Jennifer Laughnan

Joseph Sindelar

Joseph & Patricia Warren

Julie & Brian Dentel

Julia & Hicham Poterevych

Kay Maxwell

Julie & Stephen Dow

Lorraine & David Kweskin

Kona Ice of Stamford

Dean & Laura Godown

Mark & Carol Browning

Kristen Centre

Edward & Donna Fuhrman

Mark & Nancy Funt

Kylie O’Connor

Erna Szekeres

Mark McGrath

Lauren & Joseph Zalis

Henry & Linda Rubinstein

Mary Lou Rinaldi

Lauren Blank

Howard & Barbara Malloy

Mattias Zhabinskiy

Leo & Giannina Biala

Michael & Micki Lemieux

Merlin & Elaine Alper

Lisa & Chuck Dianis

Paul McDowell

Michael Feighan

Margaret & Charles Costello

Philip Patricia Swan

Monica Welch

Martin & Helen Donner

Scott & Tanya Therrien

Robert Vendig

Melanie Koschnitzke

Steven Drew

Robert Waldman & Pam Wood

Michael & Candace Jemiolo

Wes Whitmyer Jr

Ronald Gold

Michael O’Shea

William & Jill Lovers

Sheila & Jeffrey Katz

Mirellise Vazquez & Thomas Birmingham

Turhan Tirana & Denise Marcil

Patron Alma Weinberg

Family

Brenda Cook

Adil Shahzad

Brian Goncalves

Amber Flynn

Corrinne DiVestea

Amit Kumar

Dianne & Roberts Colgan

Andrea Leifer

Eileen & Eric Cottington

Arnold Diaz

Nancy Chuo Nicole & Jeff Um Rachel & Taymore Zarghami Rebekah Kanefsky Rob Brown Rosio Sigua & Carlos Avila Sara Adams


Sharon & Gary Larsen

Elyssa Cunningham

Sherri & Allen Rosenthal

Eve & Daniel Block

Steven Carter

Frederic & Harriet Dulaney

Susan Ylitalo

Irene Delor

Thomas Patterson

James Sabia

Traci Bosco

Jill Fraser

Vonick Jean-Guillaume

Joeb Moore Milton Drexler

Supporter Carol Luders Deborah Fins Gail Grosso Hofmann

Natalie Blake Natalie Gibbons Nicholas Rongoe Russ Sackowitz

Gunnar Sahlin Jane Snyder John Keller John Rhodes Mervyn & Marilyn Balsam Patrick Carino Peter G Carriero Richard Harper Sondra Limeburner Susan Putney Trish & Peter McMullin

Friend Alena Kerins Alice B. Smith Carole N. Greenberg Catherine Bischoff Charles Guinta Cheryl Vukelic Christopher Quinn Diane & Mike Jones Donna Kaiser Elise & Jerry Sehulster

The above lists include donors who gave from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. If any names are omitted or misspelled, we apologize and ask that you contact us with corrections.


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Mill River Park’s 2018 Financials Fiscal Year 2018 Revenue Corporate & Foundation Sponsorship

Fundraising Events

CITY OF STAMFORD CONTRACT Operations Grant Operations TIF Capital TIF

$412,803

$640,000 $100,000 $1,530,000 Total: $2,270,000

$315,622

Individual Donations Investment Income $11,574

$151,701

Fee for Programming/Service

INVESTMENT INCOME INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS FUNDRAISING EVENTS FEE FOR PROGRAMMING/SERVICE CORPORATE & FOUNDATION SPONSORSHIP CITY OF STAMFORD CONTRACT

TOTAL Revenue $3,308,808

$147,108

$2,270,000

TOTAL REVENUE: $3,308,808

City of Stamford Contract

Fiscal Year 2018 Expenses FUNDRAISING

$201,921

ADMINISTRATION

$208,648

PROGRAM AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

$1,357,757 TOTAL EXPENSES: $1,768,325

Fundraising $201,921

Administration $208,648 $1,357,757

Program Expenses & Capital Expenditures

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$11,574 $147,108 $315,622 $151,701 $412,803 $2,270,000

TOTAL Expenses $1,768,325


Mill River Park’s 2019 Financials Fiscal Year 2019 Revenue Corporate & Foundation Sponsorship

Fundraising Events

CITY OF STAMFORD CONTRACT Operations Grant Operations TIF

$679,114

$662,000 $725,016 Total: $1,387,016

$236,806

Individual Donations Investment Income $50,399

$212,408

Fee for Programming/Service

INVESTMENT INCOME INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS FUNDRAISING EVENTS FEE FOR PROGRAMMING/SERVICE CORPORATE & FOUNDATION SPONSORSHIP CITY OF STAMFORD CONTRACT

TOTAL Revenue $2,791,618

$225,874

$1,387,016

$50,399 $225,874 $236,806 $212,408 $679,114 $1,387,016

TOTAL REVENUE: $2,791,618

City of Stamford Contract

Fiscal Year 2019 Expenses FUNDRAISING

$165,342

ADMINISTRATION

$249,744

PROGRAM AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

Fundraising

$2,010,701

$165,342

TOTAL EXPENSES: $2,425,787 Administration

$249,744

TOTAL Expenses $2,425,787

$2,010,701

Program Expenses & Capital Expenditures

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The People: Mill River Park Collaborative

Thank you to our Board Members (as of October 2019)

MILL RIVER PARK COLLABORATIVE STAFF

Arthur Selkowitz, Chairman Arnold M. Karp, Vice Chair Robert M. Phillips, Vice Chair Robert Granata, Treasurer Don Brownstein, Secretary

Dudley N. Williams, Jr.

George Boyce Ralph Blessing Sandy Goldstein Emily M. Gordon Robin Graham Katie Kasinskas Noah Lapine Thomas Madden Fatima Mawji, MD Mark McGrath Frank Mercede Shelly Nichani Steve Osman Michael Pollard Matt Quinones Ryan Salvatore J.J. Sendelbach Jim Shapiro Camille S. Spaulding Michael Whittingham Nate Zubal

Director of Business Operations

President & CEO

Nia Rhodes Jackson

Director, Visitor Experience

Kevin Kelly Mike Stake

Director, Construction & Capital Planning

Alicia Wettenstein

Director of Development

Marlie Reid

Special Events Manager

Trent McCann

Education & Programs Manager

Vincent Piselli

Land Care Manager

Tiffany Wilson

Youth & Family Programs Manager

Brittney Garth

Event Marketing and Membership Coordinator

Dianne Houtz Office Manager

The Collaborative recognizes the following whose terms ended between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019: David Kooris

Michael Widland

Gloria DePina

Robert Stein

Harry Day

Dr. Tommie Jackson

Judy Selby

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The People: Mill River Park Collaborative Special thanks to all of our hardworking and dedicated staff members who make everything that we do at the Park possible.

Office Staff Members (Top Left to Right) Dudley N. Williams, Jr., Nia Rhodes Jackson, Kevin Kelly, Mike Stake, Alicia Wettenstein, Marlie Reid, Tiffany Wilson, Trent McCann, Dianne Houtz, Brittney Garth.

Landcare Staff (Left to Right) Dana Huntley, Kristy Schutzman, Vincent Piselli, Alex Smith

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Carousel Event Staff Front: Elena, Tyler, Jessica & Kathryn Back: Ricky, Eliel & Khal

2019 Mill River Stewards

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