It Takes A TEAM, Westport

Fall Sundays in Westport used to be reserved for leaf-raking, until we outsourced that odious task.

We also used to watch the Giants, but now meh.

So if you’re looking for something truly inspiring and interesting — and want to hang out with some really intriguing people, in one of Westport’s most spectacular homes — head over to Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler’s, on Stony Point, this Sunday at 2 p.m.

TEAM Westport — the town’s committee on multiculturalism — will honor 3 great folks.  The 2nd annual Trailblazer Diversity awards and reception highlights these residents’ lifelong pursuit of human rights for everyone.

Albert Beasley, MD was a practicing pediatrician for more than 50 years.  Among the 1st black families to own a home and raise children here, the founder of Willows Pediatrics has influenced thousands of Westporters, in many generations.  An associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Yale, and senior attending emeritus in pediatrics at Norwalk Hospital, Dr. Beasley has stayed involved in town life on many levels, including Earthplace — where he organized the Green Earth series on health and the environment.

Claire Gold is a long-time advocate of diversity in education.  As Westport’s superintendent of schools from 1981-88, she championed Project Concern — which brought hundreds of Bridgeport youngsters here.  After leaving her post she worked on behalf of minority students and school integration.  Her passion is easing racial isolation between Connecticut’s urban and suburban school districts.  For the last 6 years Claire has been the driving force behind the Discovery Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport.

Andrew M. Boas‘ day job is investment advisor.  But he also founded the Charter Oak Challenge Foundation.  Since 2001, it’s sent more than 100 deserving Bridgeport students to college with a scholarship, laptop and mentor.  He also was a leader in establishing the Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle School, a charter school now serving 500 5th-8th graders.  Andy is now overseeing the start of its extension for grades K-4.

Al Beasley, Claire Gold and Andy Boas represent Westport at its best.  Forget the leaves.  Definitely forget the Giants.

For a really memorable and important Sunday, celebrate the TEAM that is Westport.

(While Sunday’s Diversity Awards celebration is free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to contribute to Friends of TEAM Westport.  Please RSVP by the end of today to  For more information, call 203-227-9671.)

5 responses to “It Takes A TEAM, Westport

  1. each is superlative’ly impressive.

    i’m totally interested in investing/donating in the charter school.

  2. if anyone from one of these organizations above is reading this:
    for winter holiday cards instead of cards + wine/chocolate/cake, i like to do and this season hope only to do card + donation in that person’s name to an organization, or person/program within an organization; if any of these organizations have something like that set up, please post here in this reply section.

  3. Thanks for your kind words. If you would like to contact us at Charter Oak, our address is 11 Bridge Sq, Westport and phone number, 203 226 2305.

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  5. Dan, I would like to say “THANK YOU” for being a great Master-Of-Ceremonies and presenting AL, ANDY, CLAIRE each in a personal meaningful manner. I know your work was appreciated by all. Best always, Joe