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GE employees bring STAR clients to Aquarium

July 15, 2014

The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.

July 15--NORWALK -- Forty-two adults with developmental disabilities from STAR enjoyed a day at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk with young professionals from General Electric representing 14 countries.

The international volunteers, visiting Connecticut for a GE leadership conference, spent one-on-one time with STAR clients, explaining the exhibits and encouraging them to participate in the interactive activities at the museum, such as the Touch Tank with sharks, jellyfish and manta rays.

STAR participants were transported to the event from over 15 different locations in Mid-Fairfield County. The STAR clients and GE volunteers also viewed the IMAX movie, "Born to Be Wild" and ate a buffet lunch.

"Our participants eagerly await this annual outing each year with GE volunteers," Katie Banzhaf, executive director at STAR, said. "It is always a very special day that provides them with the opportunity to share new experiences and learning opportunities with old and new friends."

GE is based in Fairfield and has offices throughout Fairfield County. It employs more than three million people in over 100 countries.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a notfor-profit organization serving individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit


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