About County Assemblies

Mission Statement

The County Assemblies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity that promotes inter town friendliness and each year holds The County Assembly Charity Ball for high school juniors and The Red and White Charity Ball for high school seniors. The charity donates net proceeds through a grant application process to organizations serving children and teens in need in Fairfield County.


The Counties Assemblies, Inc. was founded by Mrs. Willem Schilthuis in 1938 and originated with the planning of a Christmas Dance held at the Red Barn for a group of young people from Westport.

Over the years it has grown into a not-for-profit charity, operated for the benefit of youth in the State of Connecticut, with particular emphasis on youth from Fairfield County, Connecticut. Promoting a sense of inter-town friendliness, Mrs. Schilthuis brought women volunteers from the surrounding towns together to run this charity which now includes the towns of Easton, Fairfield, Redding, Weston, Westport and Wilton (the “Member Towns”).

Each year, this group of volunteers organizes two dances: “The Red and White Charity Ball” for public high school seniors from the Member Towns, and “The County Assembly Charity Ball” for public high school juniors from the Member Towns.

Proceeds from these events, along with any additional donations received during the year, are then allocated to local tax-exempt organizations that benefit children and teens.

In an effort to bring charitable giving to the forefront of young minds, each year there are Student Ambassadors appointed from each town who are given the honor of allocating a portion of the proceeds from the dances to a qualifying organization of their choice located within their respective town. Please see our Grants page for the list of our current recipients.

Board of Directors

Rosanna Alfero
Cathleen Caione
Erika Carter
Julie Cerminaro
Anne Chapman
Christine Costello
Christina DeZiel
Angie DiStefano
Meaghan Donovan
Rasha Dove
Kristana Esslinger

Amanda Flanagan
Allyson Florkowski
Susie Galley
Michelle Hankey
Julie Hughes
Pilar King
Jill Klein
Carolyn LeFavour
Terri Lenhart
Lisa Lesher
Gretchen von der Linden

Gretchen von der Linden
Patti Lynch
Stephanie Mastino
Michele Modugno
Stephanie Oulton
Laura Pitaniello
Christine Polito
Lauren Prario
Natalia Ramirez
Susan Safko
Heather Scally