First for Kids Awards

Back •  Event Date: November 9, 2016

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

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford

    The 2016 First for Kids Honorees

    • Judith Meyers:  Priscilla Canny Research Award
      President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Fund of Connecticut and its subsidiary, the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut

      For honoring organizations and individuals whose work has connected policy-relevant research with current decision making around policies, programs and services to better serve children and families.

    • Myra Jones-Taylor:  Public Service Award
      Former Commissioner, Office of Early Childhood

      For honoring elected officials and public agency leaders who have served as champions for children and families.

    • Sarah Eagan, Child Advocate:  Statewide Child Advocacy Award
      Office of the Child Advocate

      For honoring organizations and individuals whose advocacy, policy ideas, research, or innovative practices have built support for significant change on behalf of children and families.

    • Kate Matos and her Fourth Grade Students, 2015-2016:  Youth Voice Award
      Pine Grove Elementary School, Avon

      For honoring young people who have been effective advocates for their generation and future generations.

    Tickets: $60 per person, $250 per organization (5 tickets) includes hors d'oeuvres and 1 drink ticket per person.

    Please RSVP to Linda Deemy at or (203) 498-4240 x119 by November 2, 2016.

    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 9th!


    Special thanks to our event sponsors!




    • Advanced Benefit Strategies, Inc.
    • Barnes Group Foundation, Inc.
    • Data Tel, LLC
    • Shelley and Robert Langer
    • North Plains Computer Repair
    • People’s United Bank
    • Start Community Bank
    • T.M. Byxbee Company, P.C.
    • Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut


    • Lane & Lenge Florists, Inc

    Sponsor this year's First for Kids' Awards!

    Connecticut Voices for Children is excited to announce the opportunity for corporate sponsorships of our 2016 First for Kids Awards event on November 9th. 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 2016 First for Kids Awards! If you have any questions, please contact Linda Deemy at or at (203) 498-4240 x119.

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