Ways to Give

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way… relies on the generous contributions of supporters and friends to meet the costs of its services for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

There are several ways that you can contribute to STAR:


  • Linda Snell Family Services Support Fund--Memorial Gift

  • Annual Fund

  • Membership

  • Gifts in Honor or Memory

  • Sponsorship

  • Special Events

  • Gift of Securities or Insurance

  • Will or Bequest

  • Corporate Matching Gift

  • Donations of Time or In-Kind Services

  • Holiday Programs

  • Sports Buddies Program

  • Donate Your Vehicle

Contributions may be made by cash, check, credit card, on online at Paypal.

We also accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

Please donate to STAR


STAR’s members and friends ensure that our services remain a reality in the lives of infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Click here for more information about becoming a member of STAR.


Annual Fund

The generous annual support of these donors allows STAR the opportunity to continue its growth and service to the community.


Gifts in Honor or in Memory

Commemorate family or friends with a special gift that supports STAR. When you make a memorial or honor donation, STAR sends a card to the family or honoree acknowledging your thoughtful donation. You can add a personalized message to the card. You receive a confirmation when your donation has been received and the gift card has been sent.



You earn a maximum return on your contribution by providing a sponsorship donation. When you sponsor a fundraising event for STAR, your gift is acknowledged in marketing and publicity materials for the event, and your initial gift helps ensures a proportionate return of additional donations brought in by the event. The two largest fundraisers held each year are our Galaxy of Stars Gala Dinner Dance and Auction and the STAR Walk, Roll & Stroll.


  • Sponsor a Table

  • Corporate Sponsorship

  • In-Kind Sponsorship

  • Event Sponsorship

  • Sponsor a Fundraiser


Special Events

The following special events will be held to benefit STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way... Click HERE to view a comprehensive list of upcoming events.


For information, contact Peter Saverine at 

(203) 846-9581 x302 or psaverine@starct.org.


Gifts of Securities or Insurance

You can take advantage of tax benefits by giving a gift of securities to STAR. Contact Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director at kbanzhaf@starinconline.com for more information.


Holiday Programs

Click HERE for information about easy ways to support STAR when you do your holiday shopping.

Sports Buddies Program

Your can donate to support STAR's weekly Sports Buddies Program at New Canaan High School serving local youths with I/DD and providing a regular schedule of activities with volunteer "buddies" to foster sports knowledge, physical well being, teammanship, sportsmanship, self-esteem, friendships, independence, engagement and inclusion.  Monies go towards facilities/insurance expenses, equipment and uniforms, participation  financial assistance for people in need, coach staffing.


Will or Bequest

A gift to STAR via will or bequest provides several advantages:


  • Tax deductible for estate tax purposes

  • May place your estate in a lower tax bracket

  • Allows you to specify how funds are used, whether for a specific program or general purposes


To add a bequest to your will, your lawyer would includea statement such as the following:

“I give, devise and bequeath to STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way” for its generalpurposes 25%
(or whatever percentage) of the residue and remainder ofmy estate, both real and practical.”


“I give, devise and bequest to STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way” the sum of $______
to be used for the general purposes of the organization.”

Contact Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director at
for more information.


Corporate Matching Gift

Make the most of your donation dollars by taking advantage of your organization’s corporate matching gift, if one is available. Your donation is essentially doubled or tripled, making maximum use of your gift.


Donations of Time and In-Kind Services

Whether you have a few hours available each week, month or year, your gift of time or in-kind services are valuable to the STAR community.


You can help out STAR:


  • By volunteering to assist with mailings by volunteering at special events

  • By helping to raise membership and visibility at summer festivalsor tables outside area businesses

  • By joining a committee for one of our special events

  • By joining our board and providing an in-kind donation of your professional services

  • By providing an in-kind donation of trade skills such as plumbing, carpentry

  • By making an in-kind donation of in-house printing services

  • By making an in-kind donation of tee shirt printing for special events

  • By making an in-kind donation of sign/banner printing for our special events


Click to see and read more about volunteers

For more information about how you can help out at STAR,

contact Peter Saverine   psaverine@starct.org.