First for Kids Awards

Back •  Event Date: November 13, 2018

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

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford


The 2018 First for Kids Honorees

  • Representative Vincent Candelora and Representative Jason Rojas: Bipartisan Legislative Leadership
    For their leadership in fiscal policy issues during the legislative session and willingness to work in a bipartisan, constructive manner to seek constructive reforms to Connecticut’s fiscal framework, introducing changes to fiscal restrictions like the Bond Lock to provide the tools to the legislature to address the state´s challenges.
  • Senator Paul Formica and Rose Andrades: Elevating Youth Voice
    For their leadership and advocacy for the legislation that establishes a new 10-day advance notification requirement for placement changes for children in foster care, helping reduce stress and disruptions and enabling them to handle transitions better.
  • Betty Gallo: Lifetime Achievement Award
    For her tireless work in advancing the cause of equity and opportunity for children and families in the state. Her voice, wisdom, knowledge, and passion fueled countless campaigns. As Connecticut Voices for Children’s lobbyist since its founding, her expertise, charm, and tireless work has been central to our efforts to improve the lives of children and families across the state.

Special thanks to our event sponsors!



  • Affinity Federal Credit Union
  • American Savings Foundation
  • Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
  • The Center for Research Engagement, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Clifford Beers
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, PC
  • New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU
  • Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
  • Yale New Haven Health


  • Advanced Benefit Strategies, Inc.
  • American School for the Deaf
  • Barnes Group Foundation, Inc.
  • Center for Medicare Advocacy
  • Community Health Resources (CHR)
  • Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc.
  • Data Tel, LLC
  • Forget Me Not Flower Shop
  • Shelley and Robert Langer
  • Marsha and Ira Moses
  • Merrill Lynch
  • North Plains Computer Repair
  • Paladin Commercial Printers
  • People’s United Bank
  • Start Community Bank
  • T.M. Byxbee Company, P.C.
  • Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

Sponsor this year’s First for Kids’ Awards!

5 Year Pyramid

Connecticut Voices for Children is excited to announce the opportunity for sponsorships of our 2018 First for Kids Awards event on November 13th. 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 2018 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!