Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC) will honor CEO Marc Jaffe as a Champion of Children at their annual spring gala, A Night to Remember: A CLC Celebration, on Friday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. at Serafresca at the I.C. in Stamford.  

Marc Jaffe will retire this year after serving as CEO of CLC for nearly ten years. Marc has filled CLC and the Stamford community with vibrant energy and empathetic expertise in early childhood education and has raised the profile of this industry and organization across Connecticut. Daytime Emmy Nominated Actress Jill Larson will serve as the evening’s emcee, and U.S. Congressman Jim Himes plans to attend the event to introduce Marc. Band Central will lead the entertainment for the evening, accompanied by the phenomenal mixes of DJ April Larken. A live auction and fund-a-need will be included during CLC’s signature fundraiser. 

As Connecticut’s second-largest early childhood education provider, CLC has been a leader in developing and implementing high-quality and affordable early childhood education and care programs since 1902. With 8 locations in Stamford and statewide influence around early childhood education advocacy, CLC is licensed to serve almost 900 children who live across Fairfield County.  

Marc is a member of the Stamford Cradle to Career Advisory Council, Stamford School Readiness Foundation, the Steering Committee of Childcare for C.T.’s Future, and the Advisory Board of the Effortless Mastery Institute at Berklee School of Music. Marc holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School.  

Band Central founder and music director Rob Fried has performed alongside Meryl Streep and Paul Newman to preserve Connecticut farmland, igniting a vision to play “music with purpose.” Combining decades of business and investment experience as a founder of the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates with his musical passion, Fried began to unite nonprofit partners, musicians, donors, and audience members to help Connecticut families.  

The evening will also include dancing to the popular DJ April Larken. April Larken is a Greenwich-based DJ by way of NYC and London. April has opened for Kesha, Flo Rida, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Fallon, Gavin DeGraw, The Bacon Brothers, Vanessa Williams, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Michael Bolton, and 98 Degrees. Most recently, April was selected by Governor and First Lady Lamont to D.J. for the 2023 Inauguration Gala.  

To date, A Night to Remember sponsors include Marathon Asset Management, Mavis Discount Tire, Reckson, Pitney Bowes, Robinson + Cole, Ernest & Young, Stamford Health, and media sponsor Moffly Media. Sponsorship and journal ad opportunities are available; individual tickets start at $250 per person. For more information, visit www.clcfc.org. 

Contributed Photo: CLC CEO Marc Jaffe 
Melani Lust Photography