Reby Advisors Commitment to Our Community
"Commitment to the Community" is one of our core values here at Reby Advisors. It's important to us to live this value by sharing our expertise, volunteering our time, leading charity efforts, and financially supporting causes that matter to us.
Women’s Center Hearts of Hope Annual Breakfast
Reby Advisors sponsored a table on February 3rd for the Greater Danbury Women’s Center Hearts of Hope annual breakfast at the beautiful Fox Hill Inn in Brookfield, CT. All funds provided to the Center (www.wcogd.org) support their critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault and resource services for adults and children in a 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington.
The guest speaker was Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, Author of Choosing Hope and Executive Director for Classes 4 Classes. Kaitlin was a former first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT and the book tells her firsthand account of the tragedy that day, how she survived it, and the events that followed.
Dorothy Day Hospitality House - Santa's Workshop
Santa's Workshop is an annual program that helps local area children and their parents enjoy a warmer, happier holiday season. For the 5th year, the Reby Advisors team collected and donated unwrapped toys for Santa’s Workshop to deliver. The money we collect as a team comes from our program called “Casual for a Cause” where each person who wants to wear jeans on Friday contributes $2.00. After a few months of doing this, that cash is used to buy the toys.
A throng of families will gather at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House for this year's event, awaiting Santa's arrival via fire truck and choosing from gifts as pragmatic as winter clothes and as fun as bicycles, toy cars and teddy bears. Plenty of volunteers will help with distribution of all the goodies. We are always happy to take part in this program that helps make Christmas a little brighter for many local children.
Ann's Place - Festival of Trees
Reby Advisors was proud to support the 13th Annual Festival of Trees held November 19-22 at the Matrix Center. Ann’s Place is a community based cancer support services organization on the cusp of celebrating their 25th year of providing hope and support for those who are facing cancer, as well as their loved ones, with professional counseling, support groups, resources and wellness activities. All services provided to the community have been and continue to be, free of charge. The Festival of Trees is their largest fundraiser of the year. Rudy Weiss, and his wife Janet, represented Reby Advisors at the opening event.
Team Reby participated for the 5th year in the 2015 Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ Saturday, September 26that Harrybrooke Park, New Milford, CT.
Rosanne Schepis, Laurie Ham & family (Emily, Sean, James & Emily). Early Detection Matters - Know the 10 Signs
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
4. Confusion with time and places
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking and writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgement
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality
Fourth Annual Wounded Warrior Project Golf Tournament. Oronoque Country Club, Stratford, CT
Patrick Doherty, Laurie Ham, George Koeltl
On Monday, June 29th, Oronoque Country Club hosted its fourth annual golf tournament to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Reby Advisors was one of the sponsors. Laurie Ham, George Koeltl, and Patrick Doherty participated in the golf tournament and Frank Lecardo volunteered on the course.
In 2012, the first year the tournament was held, there were just 40 participants. This year the tournament drew over 100 players. The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Their vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
Reby Advisors is proud to support our veterans and service members. For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, please go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association
Reby Advisors once again sponsored a table at the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association’s 15th Annual Spring Breakfast held on Friday, April 24th from 7:30-9:30 am at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. More than 400 RVNA supporters filled the room and raised important funds for RVNA. The early morning event included a delicious breakfast, guest speaker, Erin O’Rourke, named Outstanding Clinician of the Year, a raffle and live auction of 11 special items. One of the most popular ones was a South African Safari for two. Among the other auction items were a Boston weekend with dinner in the North End, a NYC overnight stay and reserved seating for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, great tickets to Mets, Yankees and Giants games, weeklong retreats to Taos, New Mexico and Cabo San Lucas, golf packages for four at five of the area’s best courses, a catered affair for 10 in your home, and a backyard barbeque for 35 with all the trimmings. There was something for everyone, and the morning was fun and lively, especially with Ira Joe Fischer as auctioneer.
George Koeltl waited on the Reby Advisors’ table, pouring coffee and helping serve breakfast. Most importantly, the money raised will help RVNA meet the health and wellness needs of people in the communities served, from young children attending the Well Child Clinics to families getting flu vaccinations and senior citizens needing nursing and rehab care at home.
Once again this year, Reby Advisors was proud to support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event by bcoming a Gold Sponsor. These RFL events are held each year, gathering together more than four million people in over 20 countries to raise funds and awareness to support the American Cancer Society's efforts.
The theme of the event is simple, yet powerful. People come together in their communities to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back. We Celebrate
the survivors and their caretakers, we Remember people who have fought or are fighting this devastating disease, and we pledge to Fight Back and take action to continue the battle against a disease that impacts so many.
Grand Opening of the Regional Hospice and Home Care Center
As Connecticut braced for a storm many called historic, more than 200 donors, staff, advocates and friends gathered at the new Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care and Healing in Danbury to witness a different kind of history. The path to the January 26th ribbon-cutting ceremony was eight years in the making and is Connecticut’s first and only nonprofit, family focused all-private suite hospice center. The new state-of-the-art facility has 36,000 square feet of space with 12 private and pet-friendly suites. It is expected to serve about 1,000 patients in 2015, many of whom will be children.
Cynthia Roy, CEO and President of Regional Hospice and Home Care said “A passing should be sacred, and it should be honored and witnessed. We are hospice workers and are blessed and honored to help our patients and their families at this deeply personal time.”
Regional Hospice will continue to serve patients with hospice, palliative and comfort care in their own homes, nursing homes, assisted living homes, group homes and hospitals, as it has done for more than 30 years. The new center is an additional option for those who seek it. Reby Advisors is proud to support this worthy endeavor in our community.
Back to Work Presentation at TBICO (The Bridge to Independence & Career Opportunities)
Patrick Doherty a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Danbury, Connecticut based Reby Advisors recently conducted a “Back-to-Work” workshop for the graduating class of TBICO (The Bridge to Independence & Career Opportunities) in Danbury. The presentation was a part of TBICO’s Center for Economic Competency (CEC) Workshop Series. Mr. Doherty spoke to the students about what to expect with a job offer; compensation, benefits, taxes, 401(k) contributions, personal budgeting, savings, debt management and more. “Our mission is to inspire people to achieve financial peace of mind. Helping people improve their personal situation through increased knowledge about their finances benefits the entire community.” said Mr. Doherty.
TBICO is a nonprofit organization established in 1993, dedicated to helping people help themselves. TBICO teaches people how to take control of their lives. It is an educational, employment and personal resource center for individuals who want to improve their skills, expand their employment options, and enhance their future and the futures of their children.
TBICO programs are not gender-specific; however, it is predominantly women who seek out their services. Students can be people who are unemployed or underemployed, with a great many being dislocated workers downsized after years of working and in need of retraining. Some are displaced homemakers who suddenly find themselves the family breadwinner as a result of divorce or the death or disablement of a spouse. Many more are women who never expected to need help but who for a variety of reasons no longer have adequate income or, perhaps, the skills to manage their income so that they are able to support their family. There is never a cost to participants for any service.
TBICO can be reached at 203.743.6695 and they are located at 22 Eagle Road, Danbury, Connecticut 06810
Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association® Spring Fundraiser
The Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association held their 13th Annual Spring Breakfast Fundraiser on Friday, April 26 at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Reby Advisors sponsored a table and George Koeltl, CFP® volunteered as a waiter at the event. The RVNA is a non-profit home health care agency that has been an essential part of the community since 1914. Funds raised during the event will help support and expand the RVNA’s, extensive community wellness programs including an annual health fair, blood pressure, flu and well child clinics, as well as home health care programs.
During the past year, RVNA has served more than 800 patients in their homes, provided 28,500 home care visits and administered more than 7,000 seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines. “The Annual Spring Breakfast grows each year with more than 400 attendees in support of RVNA,” says RVNA Director of Development and event chair Lynne Briody.
The event included an array of fantastic raffle prizes from Ridgefield area merchants. A live auction, conducted by Ira Joe Fisher, featured many exciting items including tickets to sporting events and destination vacations.