Hollywood Gala 2018 Thank You!

We wish to thank you personally, as well as everyone who attended the April 7, 2018 Hollywood Gala. Because of the generosity of our sponsors, donors and volunteers, we raised funds that will allow us to sustain our programs in Newtown and the surrounding communities.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Our Title Sponsor

Pullman & Comley LLC Attorneys

Our Gold Sponsor

Ingersoll Auto of Danbury

Our Silver Sponsors

KIA of Old Saybrook Connecticut

Genesis House Addiction Treatment

Aware Recovery Care

Our Bronze Sponsors

Union Savings Bank

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Friends of Newtown Parent Connection

The Haven

Special Thanks To

Our Silent Auction donors for their extraordinary generosity for which we are so grateful.

To our donors of our live auction items

Dere Street Restaurant, Bar & Bakery,

Chatfield Rental Newtown Florist


Julie vanderKroef

Arial Drone Photographer

Our evening’s entertainment

One Level Down

and our Jazz Ensemble from

Western Connecticut State University

Newtown Parent Connection takes pride in all that we do and are appreciative of everyone who supports us and our mission. We were very pleased to see so many of you attend the Gala, and enjoy the music and fellowship. And, we greatly appreciate the many kind words that were extended to our board members about the enjoyable experience had by many.

One again, our sincere gratitude to you all – without you we would not be able to accomplish what we do and have the impact that is so vital to families in need.





Mailing Address
PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470

Office and Meeting Address
2 Washington Square
Fairfield Hills
Newtown, CT 06470

Mission Statement

The mission of the Newtown Parent Connection is to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.

Support Groups

Hope & Support

A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one's affected by substance use/abuse. This group provides a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child's or loved one's suspected or confirmed use of substances. Facilitated by an experienced drug & alcohol counselor.

Meeting Information Here

A compassionate venue for those

who have lost a child or other loved one due to catastrophic circumstances. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist.
Meeting Information Here

First Wednesday of month
7:00 to 8:30 pm


Founder & Executive Director

Dorrie Carolan and her husband raised their four children in Newtown, CT. Starting the Parent Connection was never part of her plan.

The issue of substance abuse became personal when her eldest son, Brian, became addicted and subsequently died at age 28 of a prescription drug overdose. Through the struggles caused by Brian's addiction, Dorrie became aware that this was an issue that affected many others in the community. She founded the Parent Connection in 1993 in an attempt to network with other concerned Newtown parents. It was the impetus behind many policy changes in town and within the schools.

Our Board of Directors is a committed body of volunteers who support our mission to keep the youth of Newtown safe and substance free.

Dorrie Carolan  - Executive Director

Joseph Hemingway - President 

Gene Vetrano- Vice President

Frank Crudo- Treasurer

Kevin Carolan -Secretary

Maggie Conway

David Cooper

Anne Dalton

Kathleen Moonan

Ken Rodbell

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