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The Building A Brighter Future Campaign is our annual Spring fundraiser to support our mission to partner with Bridgeport’s youth and families to build resilience. Due to COVID-19, our spring gala was cancelled but the need for youth and behavioral health services in our community continues to grow. Our Urban Scholars Program is an essential component of this important work, which has proved more urgent with the pandemic. The goal of the Urban Scholars Program is to help local middle schoolers navigate life’s challenges and increase their opportunities to build resiliency. Our inaugural Urban Scholars Summer Day Camp concluded at the end of August and we’re transitioning to offer after-school programming. We are building a brighter future for young teens in Bridgeport through our Urban Scholars Program. All services are delivered at no cost to participants.

As of September 9, 2020
100% Complete
400,211 of 400,000 Raised

$400,211 Raised

Prior to the pandemic, one in three children in Bridgeport lived in poverty and 28% had experienced multiple life altering traumas before their 18th birthday. Due to COVID-19, the families we serve must also navigate increased unemployment, limited access to educational resources and social isolation. We support our Urban Scholars with tutoring, academic enrichment and emotional support. Scholar’s enrichment activities include tutoring, the arts, technology and leadership development.

COVID-19 reminds us of how fragile the human psyche is and has reinforced the need to build resilience. Everyone is hurting now; our kids need us even more. Counseling services are offered through telehealth to help children cope and thrive until we reopen – and can return to our child-friendly setting. With your investment, we will help Bridgeport’s youth to truly have a brighter future.

Please join Brendan and Carolyn Miles, our 2020 Brian Langdon Award Honorees, in supporting LifeBridge. The Award recognizes their extraordinary leadership and support of our work. Brendan has served on the Board of Directors since 2015 and Carolyn recently retired as President/CEO of Save the Children.

The 2020 Building A Brighter Future Reception is scheduled for October 17. Please contact Lori Goertz at 203-368-5581 or for additional information.  

“This mission resonates with me because I believe in the dignity and potential of each and every individual on this earth. Life’s possibilities and opportunities to achieve them should not depend on where a baby is born, but rather on that young person’s inherent goodness, his or her drive to succeed and ability to overcome obstacles and adversity – which may be inherent in the ambitious goals they have set or in the environment in which they live. Bridgeport’s youth deserve the same opportunities and the resources to help them achieve their full potential as every other kid in Fairfield County – and around the world! LifeBridge is the equalizer. Carolyn’s work at Save the Children proves that it can be done. And, thanks to your dedication we will do it!”

Brendan Miles, LifeBridge Board Treasurer

The Adam Fields Wolf Memorial Fund

The Adam Fields Wolf Memorial Fund honors the legacy of our longtime supporter, Adam Wolf. Mr. Wolf valued kindness, empathy and hard work throughout his life, which also serve as tenets of LifeBridge’s Center for Youth Development. All funds raised will support the Urban Scholars Program for Bridgeport middle schoolers, in addition to a special annual grant to provide an exciting new opportunity to our scholars in Mr. Wolf’s name. LifeBridge is humbled for the opportunity to honor Mr. Wolf’s memory and a life “well-lived and well-loved.”

Building A Brighter Future Campaign/COVID-19 Grants

Diamond ($25,000+)

  • Howard and Joyce Greene
  • The Medtronic Foundation
  • Brendan and Carolyn Miles
  • Harold and Susan Trischman
  • Tudor Foundation

Ruby ($10,000+)

  • Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
  • Richard Hockman and Sharon Rehme
  • Lone Pine Foundation, Inc.
  • Majean Family Fund
  • Morton and Ellie Lowenthal
  • Gail and Elliott Rogers, Jr.
  • The Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation
  • United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
  • Ken and Rita Weinstein

Emerald ($7,500+)

  • Newtown Savings Bank

Sapphire ($5,000+)

  • Alan and Melissa Mathis
  • LifeBridge Executive Team

Topaz ($2,500+)

  • Jeanne Breen, MD
  • Roberta Burns-Howard and Paul and Carol Timpanelli
  • The Duepree Family Foundation
  • Lawrence Ganim
  • John Lombardi, MBA, Ph.D.
  • Near & Far Aid
  • The Nimr Family Foundation
  • Katherine Rust
  • Jayme and John Stevenson
  • Town Fair Tire Foundation, Inc.
  • Terri and Jay Wood

Amethyst ($1,500+)

  • The Carstensen Memorial Foundation
  • Laura and Tim Coughlin
  • Rob and Helen Brownell
  • Shane Eddy
  • Dana Fiatarone
  • Steve Finnegan
  • Debra Hertz
  • Brian and Stephanie Kelly
  • Rose & Kiernan, LLC
  • Brian and Marie Langdon
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • Humphrey and Carol Nichols
  • Ellen and Stephen Tower
  • Dr. Thomas Travers


  • Edwin Farrow
  • Nancy S. Gilliland
  • Dan and Ivy Guetta
  • Justine and James Hawley
  • Patrick Kiley
  • Carleen and Peter Kunkel
  • Martha and Don Lord
  • James Miller
  • Michael and Karen Mitri
  • Anne Mulcahy
  • John and Cherie Page
  • Steve and Karen Parker
  • Jeffrey and Nancy Plotkin
  • Nancy Speer
  • The Christian J. and Eva W. Trefz Family Foundation
  • Shari Williams
  • Daniel Wolf
  • Laura and Packer Wilbur
  • Karin and Brett Young