Awards Dinner & Annual Meeting

The Kennedy Center Awards Dinner, Client, Disabilities, Randye Kaye

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, The Kennedy Center will celebrate its 65th Anniversary at its Awards Dinner & Annual Meeting. We are fortunate to have as our Keynote Speaker, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano from the Diocese of Bridgeport, who will reiterate the power we have as a community, and as individuals, to make a difference.

The evening also includes our Annual Awards to selected businesses, volunteers and clients for their outstanding achievements as employers, role models and employees. These awards represent what we strive to promote - opportunity, dignity and empowerment.

In planning the celebration for our 65th Anniversary, it became apparent that we had businesses in our community that without their ongoing support many of our accomplishments would not have been possible. For those reasons, we have added a new award, the Corporate Very Important Partner (VIP) Award to honor a business/corporation that over a period of five or more years has provided a collaborative partnership with The Kennedy Center and/or its clients through its efforts of employment opportunities, pro bono services or volunteer support.

TJX Corporation has bee selected as our first Corporate VIP awardee.  Over the last ten years, TJX stores have hired upwards of 60 of our clients at various TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods stores in our area and have welcomed countless more through Work Evaluations and the Summer Youth Program.

We hope you will join us for this memorable evening.


DATE: April 7, 2016
TIME: 6:00 pm Cocktail Hour
           7:00 pm Presentation, Dinner & Award Ceremony
LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Bridgeport, CT

For more information, please contact The Kennedy Center Special Events Coordinator at 203-365-8522, ext. 216 or email.

2016 Event Pictures

EVENT HISTORY: Following the by-laws requirement for The Kennedy Center as a 501 (c) (3) agency, an Annual Meeting has been held by the organization since 1951. Each year, along with the business meeting, awards are presented to Kennedy Center clients who have exceeded either in their work or planned goals, as well as to volunteers and local businesses that have shown exemplary support to our clients and the agency. A brief business meeting starts off the evening summarizing the agency's state of affairs followed by a presentation by the evening's keynote speaker and ending with The Kennedy Center's annual awards ceremony. It is a joyful and uplifting event that inspires everyone that attends.