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Event benefits Stamford's Parenting Skills Center

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Stamford, CT | Added on April 27, 2014 At 04:56 PM

“It was just a very nice way to give back to the community”

On Sunday, eight local chefs and restaurants cooked up some chili for a cause, at the North Stamford Exchange Club’s First Annual Charity Chili Challenge.

“We are a charter of the National Exchange Clubs, and National Exchange initiative is child abuse prevention center,” says Amy Wilmot, North Stamford Exchange Club Board Member. “We have one here in Stamford called the Parenting Skills Center.”

The Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center has been in Stamford for 20 years, serving at-risk families in Fairfield County.

“They teach them parenting skills; they sometimes will assign a volunteer work with a family who may be at risk, and it just helps them to cope and learn how to manage everyday stressful situations so that it doesn’t lead to child abuse,” says Wilmot.

“We are lucky to have one here because the next one is, I believe, up in New Haven,” says North Stamford Exchange Club Board Member Lou Aita. “So the one in Stamford services all of Fairfield County here.”

With a crowd of over 200 in attendance Sunday, organizers say they expect to raise more than $3,000, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the center. To find out more about the Parenting Skills Center, visit


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