A chic yet casual adult cocktail party at Woodway Country Club on Friday Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. will raise funds for The Depot teen center in Darien. Billed as an event to raise awareness and support, Billeter and Lesko are hoping that those parents with rising teens will also come out to see what the buzz is all about.Please contact Karen Magnusson at (203) 656-2556 for more information about the upcoming fundraising event."We have a thriving Student Governing Board, who are very involved in the numerous activities The Depot offers to the community, said Monica Billeter, who became co-president with Kelly Lesko of The Depot Adult Advisory board last September."Young kids look forward to being old enough to go to The Depot, and then they realize when they get to high school they can get involved in a lot of different ways," said Billeter, adding that parents can be involved as well."Kelly and I feel we just need to get the word out that The Depot is a thriving, safe place for teens to congregate," Billeter said. "We need to get everyone reacquainted with our mission, then more parents and their support will follow.""Monica and I had teamed together in previous years" said Lesko. "We know that if we can help to keep The Depot on track, our kids will have a place to call their own, but they really need the financial support to keep the doors open." Most residents are unaware that the youth center only stays open through personal contributions and grants, which is why the co-presidents have launched a new fundraising campaign to ensure that kids in town have a safe environment in which to hang out.(Picture: Depot Adult Advisory, Co-Presidents, Monica Billeter and Kelly Lesko met recently with Karen Magnusson, Event Chair of the upcoming Depot Fundraiser at Woodway Country Club.)
Their recent event, "Pancakes for Planks" at Phil's Grill, successfully raised money toward fixing the dance floor, which was damaged as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.