Professionally, Bob Levy was a stockbroker. Civically, he’s spent much of his 31 years in Westport involved with STAR Lighting the Way, the non-profit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
But he’s always admired EMTs. “They’re volunteers. Day and night, they’re out helping people,” Levy says.
During COVID, they still did it. Emergency medical technicians are “very special super-heroes.”
Levy asked his friend Adria Belport — a member of Weston’s EMS — what units most needed. Equipment, she said.
Belport’s husband, Michael Loeb, had helped Levy’s philanthropic efforts in the past. This time, the duo added kindred local spirits, including Don Ehrenberg, Bill Felton, Dr. John Schneider and Milt Wolfson. “I’m so proud to be associated with these guys,” Levy says.
They had lunch, discussed their own good fortunes in life — investment banking, psychotherapy, real estate development, medicine, corporate governance and business — and pledged to help.
Their funds provided a much-needed trailer for Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service‘s utility task vehicle, used when rescuing people during off-road trauma or medical emergencies.
Weston’s EMS received AEDs (automatic external defibrillators). The portable devices treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.
“Many people are not aware that Westport and Weston EMS are volunteer organizations — not funded by their towns,” Levy says.
His group calls itself Giving Back Fairfield County. It sounds like this is just the start — and it is.
Each year, they’ll raise funds to sustain and improve the quality of life in the area, by giving back to a deserving organization.
“We don’t usually tell people what we’re doing,” he says of his and his friends’ past philanthropy. “But the news is so bad these days, it’s important for people to hear good news.”
Giving Back Fairfield County is good news indeed. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.