Tarik A. Brooks, 2019 Child of America Gala Keynote Speaker

Tarik A. Brooks, 2019 Child of America Gala Keynote Speaker


Our Child of America gala will be on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Shorehaven Golf Club, Norwalk, CT. Cocktails 6PM; Dinner, Program and Auction 7PM.

Here is the 2019 gala website!

Here is the 2019 gala sponsorship and program journal form.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Tarik A. Brooks, Vice President, Office of the Chairman of Combs Enterprises. Mr. Brooks oversees the team that directly supports Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs who received Carver’s Child of America award last year, and he serves as the primary interface across the Combs Enterprises companies and new business opportunities. Prior to Combs Enterprises, Tarik was the COO for the Account Management and Trading department at Bridgewater Associates. Mr. Brooks is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School and he serves on the Carver Board Development Committee.

This year we will be honoring Ms. Theresa Rangel, Principal of Tracey Elementary School, with our Child of America award. Ms. Rangel personifies and illuminates everything the Child of America award represents.

In her fourth year as Principal, Tracey School has gone from one of the lowest achieving schools in the district to one of the highest performing. Tracey Elementary School was one of only 14 in Connecticut to earn the “Distinction” moniker this year for both high performance and high growth in ELA and Math, for all students and for high needs students as a separate category. Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character education based in Washington DC, also recently named Tracey a 2019 Connecticut School of Character.

Principal Theresa Rangel, 2019 Child of America honoree

Principal Theresa Rangel, 2019 Child of America honoree

Since 2017, Carver conducts an after school enrichment program for 5th grade students attending Tracey Elementary School and provides a Summer Transition Program for these students who enter West Rocks Middle School in the fall.

Governor Ned Lamont recently visited Tracey Elementary School on January 16th to help the Dalio Foundation announce an education report from The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) titled, From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope. Tracey’s Character Education program incorporates core values into academic instruction. A Tracey teacher was selected as Norwalk’s Teacher of the Year last August. Joining the governor was James Comer, a past Child of America award recipient. Comer is the founder of Yale’s Child Study Center and is considered to be the father of social-emotional learning.

2018 Child of America honoree, Sean Combs; Diana Napier, Carver Board President; Novelette Peterkin, Carver Executive Director

2018 Child of America honoree, Sean Combs; Diana Napier, Carver Board President; Novelette Peterkin, Carver Executive Director

Tracey’s 400 K-5 students follow the core values embedded in the Tracey pledge: Problem solving, Respect, Integrity, being Neighborly and Taking Responsibility. Criteria for the extremely rigorous School of Character designation are based on 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts. Tracey demonstrates that social, emotional, and academic development are inextricably linked. Theresa Rangel is a Carver hero!

Our 80th Anniversary Gala was held at Shorehaven Golf Club on May 11, 2018. 

Here is a Facebook photo album of the gala reception photos. Here is a photo album of the Evening Program photos. Here is the evening's Program Journal (and here) from last year. 

Joining us in this celebration were Ray Dalio presenting our Child of America award to Sean Combs, elected officials, Carver students and alumni, many generous supporters, program partners and staff, devoted friends and volunteers. It was a time of joy and of raising crucial support for the enduring work of the Carver Foundation of Norwalk. 

There were many memorable moments during the evening: Carver alumnae Gabriel Pierre-Louis singing during the reception; a special video greeting by Carver kids; Carver alumni sharing their stories; the high drama of the Silent Auction, Paddle Raise and Live Auction managed by the thrilling Robbie Gordy; Ray Dalio presenting the Child of America award to Sean Combs; a music video of Carver kids and Carver Alumnus Kenneth "FNX" Shuler rapping Carver's new anthem, "We Are Carver"; and then the exuberant fellowship afterward.

Past Child of America Award recipients include Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Roger Wilkins; Geoffrey Canada, former President and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Cynthia Thompson, National Chair of The Girl Scouts Of America; James Comer, the Maurice Faulk Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale; Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE; The Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes, the Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York City; Debo P. Adegbile, then the Director of Litigation, NAACP LDF; Dr. Marlen Bodden, Legal Aid Society and author; Morris “Mo” Pleasure, American composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist; and Richard Whitcomb, President Emeritus of St. Luke’s School.