First for Kids Awards

Back •  Event Date: November 17, 2015

Please join us for an evening of music, mingling and celebration as we honor two outstanding voices for Connecticut’s children.

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford

    The 2015 First for Kids Honorees

    • State Representative Jeffrey Berger:  Legislative Leadership Award
      For Representative Berger’s leadership and commitment to ensuring Connecticut’s children and families thrive. As House Chair of the Finance Committee, Representative Berger safeguarded at-risk funding for children and families in the final state budget. His work helped thousands of children and families maintain essential services to help them prosper. Representative Berger is serving his eighth term in the Connecticut General Assembly representing the 73rd Assembly District in Waterbury. He is the House Chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and member of the Executive and Legislative Nominations and Judiciary Committees.

    • Ashley Chevrette:  Youth Voice Award
      For her extraordinary grace, her dedication to using her personal story, as a foster youth, as a springboard for policy and advocacy, and her commitment to Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and youth. Her work to bring awareness to foster care and foster youth services helped to advance policies that provide foster youth with stability and hope for the future.  Ashley is 19 years old and has been a client of DCF since she was 8 years old. She attends Southern Connecticut State University and plans on double majoring in social work/pre law and political science/journalism. She intends to focus on policy and administration while remaining a youth advocate for those in the system.

    Tickets: $60 per person, $250 per organization (5 tickets) includes hors d'oeuvres and 2 drink tickets per person.

    Please RSVP to Linda Deemy at or (203) 498-4240 x119 by November 10, 2015.

    Payment can be mailed in advance or submitted online. Please specify "First for Kids" in the Additional Notes section at the bottom of the page, along with the names of those attending.

    We hope to see you on November 17th!


    Sponsor this year's First for Kids' Awards!

    Connecticut Voices for Children is excited to announce the opportunity for corporate sponsorships of our 2015 First for Kids Awards event on November 17th. First for Kids is our annual celebration of state leaders, youth and community organizations that make a difference in the lives of Connecticut’s children and their families. This exciting event celebrates transformative work that allows children to grow up healthy and safe, have the educational opportunities necessary to allow them to become productive members of society, and ultimately give back to their communities.

    Sponsors will be highlighted in our program guide and our website, and all online promotions of our First for Kids ceremony. We hope you consider sponsoring the 2015 First for Kids Awards! If you have any questions, please contact Linda Deemy at or at (203) 498-4240 x119.

    Special thanks to our event sponsors!


    • American Savings Foundation


    • Advanced Benefit Strategies, Inc.
    • Connecticut Children's Medical Center
    • John Ritter


    • Capitol Region Education Council
    • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
    • Connecticut School-Based Health Centers, Inc.
    • Robert & Shelley Langer
    • North Plains Computer Repair
    • People's United Bank
    • Start Community Bank
    • T.M. Byxbee Company, P.C.
    • Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
    • Wheeler Clinic, Inc.


    • Barcelona Wine Bar, West Hartford
    • Lane and Lenge Florists
    • RICOH USA, Inc.

    See our sponsorship form for more information on supporting this event!