Pauline Edwards does more than help raise a few glasses as the bar manager at Norwalk's Ash Creek Saloon. She's quite adept at raising funds, too.
“I'm also in charge of fundraising and promotions,” Edwards says in a side lounge area at the restaurant. The soft leather chairs are a comfort after she spent most of a recent day on her feet helping to raise $10,000 for Special Olympics.
A knack for helping to find events and money for those in need comes naturally to Edwards, who inherited a desire to give from her father. “I've been doing fundraising events with my dad for years,” she says.
Ash Creek Tavern sponsors a yearly Tip-a-Cop event for the Special Olympics. Edwards says the police came to her because her husband is a Norwalk officer. It's one of her favorite events and grows each year. She particularly enjoyed a fashion show featuring some of the athletes this year. Other festivities included a visit from musician Nile Rogers and a weekend car giveaway from BMW of Bridgeport.
When asked why more people aren't as driven to help raise money for charities, Edwards sighs a little. Like most things in life, it's about money, she says. She believes many people won't get involved if they don't see the immediate payout for themselves.
But Edwards doesn't know exactly what drives her to want to help other than just feeling like it is the right thing to do. Before big events such as Tip-a-Cop, she says she barely sleeps because she is constantly planning the details of the event while managing her job and her family. She does, however, see the payout for that work.
“I guess it's just what I love to do,” Edwards says. “I've just always been someone who wants to help. It's not about money — it's about giving. It's karma."