Month: September 2013

Speaker — October 16, 2013
David Fitzpatrick, Anderson Cooper’s Senior Producer on CNN

David in Afghanistan

David in Afghanistan

David Fitzpatrick is beginning his 13th year as a Senior Executive Producer for CNN. He currently serves as an investigative producer, whose work appears principally on CNN’s flagship broadcast, the Anderson Cooper show, airing nightly at 8 p.m. He’s spent much of that time working with CNN Correspondent Drew Griffin exposing fraudulent charities. He joined CNN days after the 9-11 attack in September 2001 and for years worked as an anchor producer for CNN’s Aaron Brown, who anchored what was at the time CNN’s mainstay prime time newscast, “NewsNight With Aaron Brown.”

Prior to joining CNN, he spent 25 years at CBS News in a variety of positions, including working for three years as a producer for 60 Minutes in the mid-1990s. He traveled the world for CBS News, including being based for three years in London. Among the significant stories he covered were the hostage crisis in Iran, the rise of Polish Solidarity, the Falklands War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the revolt and uprising at Tien An Men Square and countless other world events.

At CNN, he’s been involved in most of the major stories covered by the network, including most recently the explosions at the Boston Marathon and the capture and arrest of the two men deemed responsible. This year alone, he’s traveled to Egypt, South Africa and the Dominican Republic to produce stories for the Anderson Cooper broadcast.

David has lived in Darien since 1985 and is married to Adria Bates.

David will speak about “How To Watch TV News”. Just imagine… You’re sitting in your living room or den and watching television news. Either the nightly newscasts on the Big Three over-the-air networks or drawn to a cable news network. And your blood begins to boil a little bit. “How can they say that,? ” you’ll ask the person next to you. Or, perhaps: “This is all liberal clap-trap (substitute a favorite expression) and I’m not going to watch these guys any more.”

There is both and art a science to watching television news, especially on cable. In the prime time evening hours, the most popular channel, Fox News, rarely DOES any news. They TALK about it of course and it’s a brilliant business model. If you watch CNN, you might complain about a “liberal bias” but is there? For sure there is on MSNBC. But you do you actually know there’s a bias on CNN?

David will take you through the signals, both direct and subtle.

Arranged by Alex Garnett

Speaker — October 9, 2013
Waveny Care Network CEO Bill Piper

Waveny Care Network CEO Bill Piper

CEO Bill Piper will be speaking about Waveny Care Network’s non-profit continuum of healthcare services as well as Waveny’s strategic plan and vision for the future.

Waveny Care Center offers comprehensive healthcare services to older adults and others affected by illness or injury. Waveny encourages and assists individuals to live with dignity and as independently as circumstances permit. It has earned its enviable reputation for excellence thanks to its patient-oriented philosophy and superior staff.

Conceived and planned out of concern for the quality of life for its neighbors, the Care Center was built entirely with contributions from the New Canaan community. It is incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Admission to the Care Center’s facilities or programs is by physician referral and the approval of the Admissions Committee. Admission is open to anyone 16 years of age or older. While New Canaan residents are accorded first consideration, applicants from any geographic location are encouraged to apply and are admitted in the order of applications received.



Speaker — September 25, 2013
Christopher Perry, Tri-State Director of Ronald McDonald Children Charities

Christopher Perry, Tri-State Director of Ronald McDonald Children Charities, will talk about the vision and mission of the organization and the impact it has had.

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:

  • Focusing on the critical needs of children.
  • Celebrating the diversity of the programs we offer and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.
  • Staying true to our heritage of 38 years of responsible stewardship.
  • Operating with accountability and transparency.

We believe that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community, and ultimately the world.

We strive to be part of that change and part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families by providing programs that strengthen families during their most difficult or challenging times.

We extend our reach and impact by leveraging our 39 years of experience and strong relationships with local communities and people in the field to continually establish Chapters across the globe.

We continually work to improve and expand our core programs, while also developing new services to address the unique needs of the communities we serve.

We don’t do it alone. We rely on our Chapters to identify needs and carry out our mission on the ground. We rely on our strong relationships with the medical community to provide access to health care. We rely on strategic alliances with organizations that have the knowledge and infrastructure to extend our reach. We rely on you – our donors, volunteers, staff and friends.

DMA Contact: Tom Lom