The idea for creating a mentor oriented, financial support non-profit didn’t just descend from the clouds, although it could be called an inspired mission.

Barnet (Barney) Phillips, then a partner at firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LP, brought his insights and experience as a founding member of Student Sponsored Partners in NYC and along with many other like-minded friends in the local Connecticut community committed their time, networks, and importantly their resources to inaugurate a similar program in Fairfield County.

It’s hard to dimension the untold hours of nurturing care and dedication Barney and Sharon have given to perpetuating the Shepherds opportunity for an education and friendship to the young people in CT. From the early days as mentors themselves, recruiters of new mentors, fund raisers in the community to keep Shepherds going and growing.

On this evening, we seek to recognize and honor them for their inspired leadership, enduring commitment, and boundless generosity to a mission that needed to be undertaken 25 years ago, whose purpose persists today, and likely, tomorrow.

Thank you, Barney and Sharon,



Tim and Tracy Stuart
Honorary Chairs