Since 2016 Aarti Khosla — the handmade chocolatier at 190 Main Street — has run a “Give a Little Love” campaign. She donates 10% of the proceeds from any heart-shaped creation to charity.
This year’s recipient is “She’s the First.” The organization — dear to Aarti’s, um, heart — empowers and helps educate young women who are the first in their family to go to college.
But Aarti is not stopping there. She just introduced a second campaign: “Give a Little Woof.”
Aarti designed a mini-heart box, with 3 hand-painted dark chocolate “bones.” A full 50% of sales goes to the Weston Dog Park. The initiative honors Brian Gordon, the town’s beloved 2nd selectman and 1987 Staples High School graduate, who died in November.
Give a Little Woof!
So what are you waiting for?
Well, actually, you’ve still got a couple of hours. Le Rouge opens at 11 a.m.
Brian Gordon — a beloved 1987 graduate of Staples High School, and since 2017 the 2nd selectman of Weston — died Sunday morning. His family was at his side.
After moving to Westport in 1983, Brian starred on the Staples basketball team. He was co-captain his senior year — while also serving as president of his senior class.
Brian majored in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. Once again, he was elected class president.
After graduating in 1991, Brian returned to his home town of Cincinnati to work in brand management at Procter & Gamble.
In 1994 he caught the entrepreneurial bug. Brian left the corporate world to co-found Beyond the Wall. The new media company provided access to hard-to-reach teen and college markets through iconic advertising, in the form of posters.
In 1999, BTW was acquired by Youthstream Media Networks.
The next year, Brian joined Markitecture as a partner. He worked with a variety of clients, developing and launching new products.
In 2005, Brian and 1986 Staples grad Patrick Moore started Soundview Research, a marketing consulting firm. Brian launched several new ventures including eBeanstalk, an e-commerce site providing developmental and learning toys.
Most recently, Brian helped launch EZ Massager, the next generation in topical pain relief.
In 2016, Brian was asked to run for 2nd selectman in Weston. A Democrat, he convinced Republican voters that he offered non-partisan, common sense solutions to town challenges. Brian firmly believed he could bring all constituents together for a common goal.
He was also active in Weston as a coach of his daughters’ basketball and soccer teams.
Last year in Weston, Brian Gordon (center), posed with his Penn classmate (and former Tennessee congressman) Harold Ford Jr. (right) and Brian’s former Staples High School basketball teammate Dave Sweedler.
Brian is survived by his wife Kristy, daughters Molly and Drew, sister Elizabeth of Rye, New York, and parents Ronald and Claire of Westport.
A memorial service for Brian will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, November 21, 12 noon) at Temple Israel in Westport.
As Westporters debate the role of “outside” money and influence in the selectmen’s race, Westonites enjoyed a visit from a big political name.
Harold Ford Jr. — former congressman and chair of the Democratic Leadership Council, frequent guest on “Meet the Press” and “Morning Joe” — came to a fundraiser last night for selectman candidates Chris Spaulding and Brian Gordon.
He was not there in an official capacity. He did not speak publicly. He was just there to say hi to an old friend. Gordon — a Staples High School graduate — was his close friend at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ford circulated among the guests, offering quiet appraisals of the state of the world.
No one asked him about Weston taxes, zoning or what to do about Cobb’s Mill Inn.
Brian Gordon (center), flanked by Harold Ford Jr. (right) and Gordon’s former Staples High School basketball teammate Dave Sweedler.
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