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Aurora Products founder chairs Hearts and Hammers
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Stephanie Blackwell, founder and president of Aurora Products in Stratford, will serve as an honorary co-chairman for the annual Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County Hearts and Hammers Gala Saturday, March 5, at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Honorees Ken Paul and the Law Firm of Cohen and Wolf, PC, will be recognized for their long-time commitment to Habitat for Humanity in Coastal Fairfield County.

Cindi Bigelow, president of R.C. Bigelow Inc., and Jay Ireland, president and CEO of GE Asset Management, join Blackwell as the honorary chairmen the event.

“Stephanie and Aurora Products have been outstanding supporters of Habitat for Humanity for several years, and we are thrilled that she has taken on a leadership role with the event” said Bruce Berzin, co-president of Habitat.
Blackwell’s interest in sponsoring Habitat began six years ago when she went to a function as a guest. At the function she learned about Habitat’s values and how similar they were to her own. Her decision to become a sponsor was also triggered by the knowledge of her production manager, Elba, being a Habitat for Humanity homeowner.

Blackwell has since been a sponsor of Habitat for Humanity homes for five years. For the first three years, she co-sponsored the building of three separate homes. For the remaining two years, Blackwell has been a platinum sponsor of the Hearts & Hammer Gala.

Blackwell said Aurora’s company values of “family orientation” “outstanding quality” and “community focus” mirror those of Habitat for Humanity.

Aurora Products packages All Natural and Organic dried fruits, nuts, trail mixes, salad toppings and granolas. Established 12 years ago, Aurora has products available in stores around the nation. The company makes its own trail mixes, roasts its own nuts, and packages products in a variety of sizes. All items are genuinely All Natural and none of the products contain any preservatives, artificial colors, or additives.

Its packaging includes the use of recycled plastics, and energy is conserved by recycling bio-fuels from oils used in their nut roasters.

In addition to Habitat for Humanity, Aurora is a supporter of Sterling House and The Kennedy Center.

Information on the gala is available at habitatcfc.org or call 203-333-2642.

Those who wish to donate new or used furniture, appliances and building materials may visit the ReStore Web site at fairfieldcountyrestore.org or call 203-383-4358.