John Stafstrom and Dennis Murphy are sponsoring a 4-year scholarship at The 5th Annual Daniel Trust

John Stafstrom and Dennis Murphy at the 2013 Barnum Festival Ringmaster's Ball. Photo: Autumn Driscoll

Daniel Trust Foundation, an award-winning youth development nonprofit with offices in Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York City, is pleased to announce that John Stafstrom and Dennis Murphy are sponsoring a 4-year scholarship at The 5th Annual Daniel Trust Awards scheduled for June 7, 2018. The Daniel Trust Awards serves as Daniel Trust Foundation’s annual awards dinner, where seniors graduating from the Foundation’s High School Mentoring Program become Scholars in the College Scholarship Program, and local high school teachers get the opportunity to be honored and recognized by the Scholars.

John Stafstrom, a Member at Pullman & Comley, LLC and Chair of the Finance Department at the firm, and Dennis Murphy, an Employment and Labor Arbitrator, have been investing in and supporting the mission of Daniel Trust Foundation since 2015. Last March, John and several Pullman & Comley Attorneys and Staff held a Dress Down Friday and made a significant donation to Daniel Trust Foundation to support the Foundation’s programs and services. “Words cannot express how much I love and appreciate John and Dennis for all the advocacy and support they have given our scholars and teachers over the years,” said Daniel Trust, President and CEO of Daniel Trust Foundation. “I am so thankful to John and Dennis for their kindness and for sponsoring a 4-year scholarship for the 3rd year in a row at The Daniel Trust Awards.”

John Stafstrom and Daniel Trust at The 2017 Daniel Trust Awards

In addition to supporting the mission of Daniel Trust Foundation as a Major Donor and Advisor on the Foundation’s Advisory Board, John Stafstrom volunteers his time and skills on the board of directors of many local and national organizations including the P.T. Barnum Foundation, Norma Pfriem Urban Outreach Initiative, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, and Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As an award-winning lawyer, John Stafstrom was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Public Finance Law in 2018 and served as the 2013 Ringmaster for Bridgeport's annual Barnum Festival.

Other scholarship sponsors and supporters for The 5th Annual Daniel Trust Awards include: Charlie and Georgia Adams, State Representative Andre Baker, Noradeen Farlekas, Edward Greenwood, State Senator Ed Gomes, Marge and Wayne Hiller, Fiona K. Hodgson, Karen and Michael Mitri, State Senator Marilyn Moore, Robert J. Smith, Stephen J. Perry and TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®. For more information on The Daniel Trust Awards and how you can purchase an individual ticket or become a sponsor, please click here. You can also learn about last year’s event by reading this article or watching this video.

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