David Winther graduated from Staples High School in 2006. He went on to a career as a talent agent (focusing on music and arena touring), and is now head of strategic partnerships and operations at Falkon, a trend-setting creative production house.
His life is full. He works with interesting people in sports, culture and music. He and his fiancée Aleasha travel far and wide. He runs and hikes with his dog Arrow.
David lives now in Los Angeles. But he has never forgotten his Westport home. He writes:
My mom, Lynn Winther MD, moved my 2 sisters and me up from Houston in 1994, after I got bullied (and lost my 2 front teeth) in the Texas school system.
My grandparents had lived in the Coleytown area for many years. My mother knew we needed quality schooling and a better town.
She was a single mom, and did what was best for her kids. I was enrolled at Kings Highway Elementary School. Moving to Westport was the best move my mother could have made for me and my sisters. The support in the town and the school systems made us the successful adults we are today.
My mom made a lot of sacrifices. She went to Westport with little money, but wanted to get into a house in the school district that was best for all of us.
After living in a hotel for our first 2 months, my mom found 191 Wilton Road. We all liked that it was interesting, and different from other houses.
She agreed. With a lot of luck from the mortgage lender and real estate agent, she purchased the home. My mom raised my sisters and me in that house.
The town also raised us.
I did not have a father around. But the school system and Department of Human Services had a great mentor program. I found a mentor named Jack Klinge. To this day, he is still my mentor.
He instilled real character and value in me. I would had a much harder time learning that in a different environment. I still keep in touch and talk with Jack Klinge.
All the parents of my friends knew that my mom had to work 2 full-time jobs. The community supported me as a kid and a young man. The mothers and fathers in Westport helped raise me.
My best friend from elementary school’s dad taught me how to throw a football. Friends invited me to their tutoring sessions, and other events. It provided a great foundation.
I spent many afternoons with friends at Westport Pizzeria and the library in downtown Westport. They were an easy walk from 191 Wilton Road.
It’s my turn now to thank my mom for everything she has done for me and my sisters. She deserves to retire and live in Santa Barbara, where she can be closer to me and my sisters.
191 Wilton Road has still so much potential and room to grow with a family. There is a lot of love in that house. We want to share it with a young family who wants to grow in Westport.
It’s not easy in this climate to purchase any house, especially in Westport, which is why we decided to list the price at such a fair rate. The house is perfect for a young family looking to get into a genuine community.
With so much potential to continue to build on the house itself, we can’t wait to see what the next owner will do. The sky is the limit at 191 Wilton Road.
(To learn more about the Westport Department of Human Services’ mentor program, email email@example.com.)