Exchange Club of New Canaan in the News

From  Family Fourth 2024 Thank You


Waveny fireworks, July 2024. Credit: Terry Dinan

On behalf of the Family Fireworks Committee, I would like to thank all who supported the 43rd Annual New Canaan Family Fireworks Celebration at Waveny Park by purchasing an entrance pass and attending this Independence Day celebration.

The fireworks show was spectacular. It was another memorable celebration….an outstanding evening of family fun, wonderful music, great food and a fantastic fireworks display. Your financial support makes this great New Canaan tradition possible; whether you drove in or walked in, thank you for buying an entrance pass.

Mike Mauro and Eric Thunem at the Waveny fireworks, July 2024. Credit: Terry Dinan

We offer a big thank you to the New Canaan Family Fireworks volunteer Committee (George Benington, Jordan Cerbone, Scott Cluett, Chris Cody, Sven Englund, Wendy Dixon Fog, Win Goodrich, Sue Holland, John Howe, Suzanne Jonker, Russ Kimes, Tucker Murphy, Andrew Walsh, Maria Weingarten, and Pat Wood) as well as all of the following; the show could not have gone on without their endless energy, hard work and commitment:

  • Police Department
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Fire Department and Fire Marshal
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Town Band and Mind the Gap Band
  • Parking, Parks, Public Works, Recreation and Information Technology Departments
  • The Exchange Club of New Canaan

  • Master of Ceremonies Dan Taylor
  • Our special benefactors
  • The fourteen gourmet food trucks
  • The volunteers who worked from early morning, to very late at night, to set up and take down all of the necessary infrastructure and equipment.

A special thank you to Walter Stewart’s Market for selling entrance passes and to the local print and on-line papers for getting the word out about the event.

As usual, the Police and CERT volunteers did a wonderful job handling the traffic flow; the park was nearly empty about 30 minutes after the fireworks ended.

And I offer special kudos, as always, to our Recreation Staff, led by John Howe, (Zack Philippas, Steve Dayton, Butch Landon, Bea Watkins, and Deborah DiMuzio) and the Parks Department led by Todd Deklyn and Ryan Restivo for their tireless efforts in creating a quintessential Independence Day celebration.

Please send any comments, thoughts and suggestions for next year to me at Town Hall.

Tom Stadler, Chairman – New Canaan Family Fireworks

Dear Editor,

There is never any shortage of New Canaan residents and organizations doing nice things for others during the holiday season. The difference with these organizations is how long they have been helping others.

Our best guess is that the Exchange Club has sponsored the Exchange Club and Lapham Center Holiday Party for more than 60 years! This means that they not only pay for lunch but they also make sure that all attendees take home a goody bag and that Santa Claus makes his rounds and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. There’s a lot of organization required to make everything run smoothly and they always do it well and with a smile.

This year we had a staff of 15 Exchange Club members and Santa, that served and cleared dinner better than any professional servers could have done, everything was flawless.

It’s a busy time of the year for everyone so we are truly grateful to those people who take time from their busy schedules to make sure someone else gets to enjoy the holidays. Our hats are off to those members of the Exchange Club, Lapham Center, and Recreation staff who made sure all our over 100 older adults had a really special day.

Thank you & Happy Holidays!

Aggie Aspinwall, Director
Kathy Collins, Program Manager
Stephanie Stiles, Program Specialist

Lapham Community Center

December 29, 2023

Thank you from Lapham Community Center

Nov 28, 2023

Exchange Club of New Canaan Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale – Happening NOW!


If you haven’t yet purchased your Christmas tree or wreath, head to Exchange Club of New Canaan’s Sale at Kiwanis Park – help the Exchange Club help others!

Sales weekends from 9 – 5 PM – weekdays from 11 – 6 PM

On behalf of the Exchange Club of New Canaan, we want to thank the entire New Canaan community and nearby towns for buying Christmas trees and wreaths from our annual fundraiser at Kiwanis Park.  The incredible support we had made our fundraising an incredible success this year as it has for over fifty years.  We netted over $100,000 this year which will go 100% to local not-for-profit and community organizations.  We sold over 1,200 trees and close to 1,300 wreathes in addition to assorted lights, tree stands  and roping.

We could have not been successful without the help of many organizations and our dedicated member volunteers.  Special thanks go to the Service League of Boys, Pivot Ministries, New Canaan Recreation Department, First Selectman (and Exchange Club Member) Kevin Moynihan, and our neighbor and friend, Betty Lovastik.

Stars Inc, thank you to the Exchange Club of New Canaan that will enable families in need to access the quality of early intervention therapies

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July 28, 2021

Kids Empowered by Your Support (KEYS) providing a thank you message to The Exchange Club of New Canaan

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July 23, 2021

Exchange Club of New Canaan donator of $200,000 to local organizations

New Canaan Exchange Club members clean mile

Lapham Center held a Senior Center Christmas Party sponsored by The Exchange Club of New Canaan

December 10, 2020

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Podcast: Exchange Club of New Canaan President George Benington

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Letter: ‘Thank You’ from Exchange Club

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Exchange Club of New Canaan Kicks Off Its Annual Christmas Tree Sale

December 3, 2019

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Exchange Club of New Canaan Supports an Eagle Scout project to Honor Local Veterans.

July 28, 2019

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Community Buzz: New Canaan Exchange Club recognized for service; The Moxie Project set for Jan. 29

Q&A: Getting To Know the Exchange Club of New Canaan

August 6, 2017

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