When she starts her term in July as president of the Norwalk Exchange Club, Angela Lepore plans to raise money for local groups that have suffered recent drop-offs in funding. The Courage to Speak Foundation, whose goal is to prevent drug abuse, is just one of the nearby organizations on her agenda.
“We want to keep the money locally in Norwalk,” she said.
For the past year, Lepore has served as incoming president of the Norwalk Exchange Club, where she has contributed to events like the Norwalk Seaport Oyster Fest in September and the Antique Auto Show with the Gateway Antique Car Club. Before that, she was on the organization's board of directors.
The main reason Lepore says she got involved with the Norwalk Exchange Club was because she identified with its mission to combat child abuse. She lost her step-daughter to this type of violence, which brought the cause closer to her heart.
Recently, the Norwalk Exchange Club was able to donate $175,000 to Norwalk Hospital to start the Center Outpatient Pediatric Evaluation, which works to prevent child abuse in southern Connecticut.
Lepore is also part of the Norwalk business community as co-owner of Luke’s Auto Body, and she has raised her family there. She said she wants to keep the community in top shape.
“My niece and nephew are both cops here and my kids were born and raised here. Hopefully they’ll have families here as well,” she said.
As another idea for her presidency, Lepore said she would like to give out goodie bags to children in the community who have been temporarily placed in foster care “just so they can have a little something of their own.”
When she isn't working with the club, Lepore spends time helping the fundraising committee for the YMCA of Norwalk plan their annual golf outing and gala.
This year's annual YMCA of Norwalk Golf Classic and Recognition Dinner will be May 7. Click here for more information.