To the Editor:

On behalf of all of us at the Children's Center of New Milford, the board of directors, the staff and, most importantly, the children and families we serve, we want to thank everyone who attended our gala in March as we celebrated our 44th anniversary.

The parish hall of St. John's Episcopal Church was packed and the outpouring of support for our efforts was absolutely overwhelming.

For more than four decades we have been dedicated to the principle that every child has the right to a chance to build a fulfilling future -- not a guarantee of success, but a chance.

To that end, we have worked very hard to ensure every one of the nearly 4,000 children who have passed through our doors has been exposed to hands-on, innovative educational programs presented by a team of highly qualified teachers.

We are blessed to be surrounded by so many people who share and support our mission.

We also want to tip our hat to the Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut for the tremendous job it did preparing and serving a fabulous meal.

We send our gratitude and appreciation to all.

Charles A. Raymond

Chairman of the

Board of Directors

Susan H. Johnston

Executive Director

Children's Center

of New Milford