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Celebrity Breakfast Supports Stamford's New Covenant House

Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group was interviewed by Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures at New Covenant Center's recent celebrity breakfast. Photo Credit: Contributed
The crowd at the celebrity breakfast to raise money for New Covenant House. Photo Credit: Contributed
The spread at the breakfast to raise money for New Covenant House. Photo Credit: Contributed
The celebrity breakfast committee and speakers. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- New Covenant Center held its 12th annual celebrity breakfast at Woodway Country Club in Darien recently.

The event hosted more than 250 people who were treated to an interview-style discussion with Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group being interviewed by Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, and the former honorary chairman of the New Covenant Center's capital campaign. They shared information about the importance of NBC Sports volunteering at New Covenant Center and other charities and offered a “behind the scenes” glimpse of the logistics of putting on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Phil Shalala, chairman emeritus of New Covenant Center, was honored with the first “Founders Award” for the creation of the breakfast event and his 16 years of devoted service. Additionally, John Gutman, executive director, revealed a new logo for the center that better reflects the range of services offered in the new facility.

The money raised at the breakfast supports New Covenant Center meals, food pantry and human services programs.

New Covenant Center opened a new, 8,000-square-foot facility at 174 Richmond Hill last summer. New Covenant Center serves hot meals twice a day, 365 days a year. Including the breakfast program and food pantry, it provides more than 700,000 meals a year. The new facility includes an efficient and modern kitchen, a dining area, expanded food storage area and refrigeration, a food pantry area and additional space for other services.

Founded nearly 40 years ago, New Covenant Center is an inter-faith project of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, serving the homeless, elderly, disabled, working poor and children. No one is turned away. There are no requirements to enter the New Covenant Center doors, except a mutual exchange of respect and dignity.

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