Also receiving the award are the Connecticut Commission on Children; Elaine Zimmerman, executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Children; and George A. Coleman, chairman of the Connecticut Commission on Children.
"The Stepping Up for Children Awards recognize individuals, nonprofit organizations or companies that demonstrate a steadfast commitment to improving and enriching the lives of children and families," the museum said in a Monday news release.
This is how the announcement described the Bauers and their philanthropy:
"George and Carol Bauer have been a powerful philanthropic
force in the Fairfield
County community and far
"When George and Carol first met in St. Louis,
he was attending Washington University on scholarship, an opportunity that opened
up new worlds for him, and she was serving as president of the Baptist Student
Union at Harris Teachers’ College.
acknowledge that ‘giving back’ was an ingrained family value, and
the two have spent a lifetime passing forward life-changing opportunities.
"The Bauers care deeply about the future of children and, for years, they have volunteered their time and money to help better the lives of many youths.
"In 1989, they
founded the Bauer Family Foundation, funding an array of causes -- many
related to children and teens. At Norwalk
philanthropy is legendary.
"The Bauers helped establish The Bauer Center for
Emergency Care and the Jeffrey Peter Bauer Newborn Intensive Care Unit as well
as endow the Carol Bauer Nursing Scholarship Fund. Near to their hearts is
their work with the 'I Have a Dream' program in South
"During the last decade, the Bauers’ generous
support of Stepping
for Children has resulted in many enrichment opportunities for local families
"The Bauers have funded such major initiatives as the creation of the award-winning Healthyville® exhibit and the 2010 museum expansion. Their commitment to building healthy communities cuts across every project they touch."
The Bauers and the other recipients will be honored at the museum’s Kaleidoscope Ball on Saturday, April 5.
Here's part of the Stepping Stones Museum announcement about the awards and the ball:
Featuring the theme “Growing Healthy Children, Healthy Communities” which celebrates the museum’s commitment to expanding its innovative statewide children’s health and wellness initiative, the 2014 Kaleidoscope Ball balances whimsy and sophistication in a way that only Stepping Stones can.
This adults-only affair benefits the museum’s Open Arms accessibility initiative, which makes it possible for every child to enjoy the Stepping Stones experience regardless of financial, language or special needs barriers.
child has the potential to be successful, but it’s up to our community to
make sure they have access to the right tools,” said Rhonda Kiest, executive director of Stepping Stones.
“The Stepping Up for Children Award recipients are leaders in the community making an important difference in the lives of all children. The Connecticut Commission on Children, Ms. Zimmerman, Mr. Coleman and the Bauers have all demonstrated a long-standing commitment to supporting quality educational experiences throughout Connecticut that are key to unlocking a child’s potential and helping them succeed throughout their lives,” she said.
Commission on Children is an agency of the Connecticut General Assembly charged
with assessing, recommending and promoting public policies in the best interest
The Commission’s work cuts across government, private and nonprofit agencies, philanthropic organizations and families in order to “bolster child outcomes.”
Zimmerman, the executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Children,
has devoted her career to developing and promoting model policy for children
and families in health, safety and learning.
An expert in trend analysis and
public will, she excels in moving initiatives forward to maximize public
interest and community partners for policy.
Ms. Zimmerman has been at the
forefront of setting model policy in support of children. Her work with state
leaders includes design of law in school readiness, early reading success,
anti-bullying, children and disaster, children’s behavioral health, home
visitation and anti-poverty law.
She guided legislation to establish Connecticut’s Blueprint in Reading and has helped lead literacy programs
Ms. Zimmerman is recognized for the strongest parent
leadership and family civics model in the country, for which she received the
Good Housekeeping Award for Women.
At the center of Ms. Zimmerman’s work is the critical role that community plays in preparing children for their future.
Coleman made a powerful impact during his 24-year tenure at the Connecticut
State Department of Education that will be felt by the state’s children
He came to the Department as an early childhood educator to
effect high-quality education for all and served in a variety of leadership
capacities, including Interim Commissioner of Education.
professional life, Mr. Coleman has shown a tremendous dedication to early
As chief of the Bureau of Early Childhood Education and
Social Services, he helped create one of the nation’s premier early
childhood education systems.
Though he retired in 2011, Mr. Coleman still serves on numerous boards and chairs the Connecticut Commission on Children.
About George and Carol BauerAbout the Kaleidoscope Ball
annual gala on Saturday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m., is an elegant affair for adults
featuring cocktails, a seated dinner, dancing and an opportunity to bid on
unique auction items.
The Kaleidoscope Ball will bring together hundreds of museum
friends, community leaders and corporate partners from throughout Fairfield and Westchester
counties in support of an incredible cause.
Event proceeds benefit the museum’s Open Arms initiative, which makes it possible for every child, family and school to enjoy the museum experience regardless of financial, language or special needs barrier.
The Kaleidoscope Ball is sponsored by
the Foster Family Fund at the Visionary level, the BeFoundation, the Daphne
Seybolt Culpepper Memorial Foundation, Inc., Anne and Herb Gullquist,
Pepperidge Farm and Pitney Bowes at the Innovator level and First County Bank,
General Growth Properties, Purdue Pharma and Service Management Group at the
Explorer level. Media support is provided by Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.
Fountainhead Wines & Distillations and Keno Graphics are providing in-kind support. The event is co-chaired by Doon Foster and Marlene Battista.
For more information
or to purchase tickets, visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/kb
or call 203 899 0606, ext. 292.