DANBURY — The Danbury Schools and Business Collaborative, or DSABC, will hold its first Mentor Mash Summer Fest — complete with live music, food trucks and circus performers — on Saturday at Ives Concert Park on the west campus of Western Connecticut State University.
The DSABC is a nonprofit organization that offers one-on-one mentoring for students from Danbury public schools and Henry Abbott Regional Technical School. Saturday’s event will serve as a fundraiser for DSABC and a way to thank the mentors and business partners.
“There is no comparable event in Danbury that can bring together our businesses, neighbors, school system personnel and students to showcase that our investment in one another makes an immeasurable impact in our community,” said Sarah Bollert, a mentor and board member with DSABC, as well as a Cartus employee. “Such a showcase of a nonprofit’s breadth and depth of involvement in a community is unique to DSABC. I can think of no other organization that comes close to so intricately connecting all citizens in the way that DSABC does.”
In addition to Cartus, mentors also come from local companies such as Belimo, Boehringer Ingelheim, Branson, Duracell, IBM, Pitney Bowes, Praxair, UTC Aerospace, Savings Bank of Danbury and Union Savings Bank. Overall, there are nearly 300 mentors from more than 20 companies. Mentors donate time each week during the school year.
The event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Other family-friendly activities will include magicians, bounce houses, inflatable obstacle courses, firetrucks, sand art creations and backyard games. Musical acts will include The Cold Ones, GoRjA, Sweet Redemption and Hailey Knox as the headliner.
Admission to Mentor Mash is $15 for adults and $5 for children.