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Meet Vista's Starlight Benefit Honoree
Posted on March 24th, 2016

​Giving back and helping others is a way of life for Branford resident Charlie Steinberg, honoree of this year’s Vista Starlight Benefit, an annual fundraiser for Vista Life Innovations, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities achieve personal success.
Charlie, owner of Branford Jewelers, supports a variety of organizations across the shoreline—both on a personal level and through his business, which he built from scratch 24 years ago.

“We give to different organizations every week, sometimes two to three times a week,” he said.

The two causes closest to Charlie’s heart, he said, are Vista and the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. As an avid cyclist, Charlie supports the Vista Tour de Shore, a cycling event and fundraiser for Vista, and Closer to Free, a cycling fundraiser benefiting Smilow. He also rides in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, which helps fund Bike New York's free bike education programs, and plans to be a sponsor of Sharon's Ride.Run.Walk for Epilepsy benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut.

Another organization Charlie has supported is BH Care, which provides domestic violence and mental health services in nearly 20 towns. His passion for giving back is rooted in the fact he wasn’t always able to do so.

“It took many years to be able to give donations like this,” he said. “When I couldn't give, I always hoped that someday I’d be able to. If something comes your way, you should share it with others. There’s not enough of that in the world.”

Charlie’s love of cycling led him to participate in the 2013 Vista Tour de Shore. He enjoyed the ride so much, he returned for the 2014 event, where he met one of Vista’s members. It was this encounter that inspired Charlie’s continued participation and growing support of Vista.

“That’s when I got to see where [the money] goes and what it’s doing,” he said.

The 2016 Vista Starlight Benefit will be held Saturday, April 16th at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook. The event includes live and silent auctions, entertainment and dinner. For more information, visit or contact Jessica Liedke at or 860-399-8080 ext. 268.


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