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Posted on: July 12, 2023

Mayor Rilling Presents Check to Open Doors & Filling in the Blanks, the Mayor’s Ball Beneficiaries

(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, July 12, 2023, Mayor Rilling presented Open Doors and Filling in the Blanks, the two non-profit organizations selected as this year’s beneficiaries for the 2023 Mayor’s Ball, with a check totaling $50,000. Each nonprofit organization was awarded $25,000 in fundraising donations. The 2023 Mayor’s Ball was held on April 21, 2023. This annual event was put on pause for several years due to the pandemic, but this year’s event marked the twenty-eighth year of the City of Norwalk tradition.

“I'm pleased that this year's Mayor’s Ball raised a total of $50,000 that will directly benefit people in our community through donations to Open Doors and Filling in the Blanks,” said Mayor Rilling. “I couldn’t think of two more worthy causes that directly impact people’s lives by helping them gain the resources they need. Open Doors helps people access housing and Filling in the Blanks works to combat child hunger by distributing meals to those in need. I want to thank everyone who helped raise money for these two incredible organizations during this year’s Mayor’s Ball.”

Open Doors and Filling in the Blanks are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations based in the City of Norwalk. Open Doors strives to make a direct impact in the Greater Norwalk area by guiding every person in the cycle of homelessness toward housing stability. They help Norwalk area residents in achieving economic stability through three core components: employment, coaching, and income support navigation.

Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals. The organization was founded in 2013 by two community activist mothers, Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer, as a way to marry their shared passion for community, children, and charity.

The Mayor’s Ball, established as a non-profit charitable institution in 1993, is an annual nonpartisan event that brings people together to help raise funds for local organizations selected by the Mayor of Norwalk. 


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