Open Doors’ 40th Anniversary Gala Honors Community Supporter Brendan McGee of Brendan’s 101

Open Doors, a direct social service organization working to end homelessness in the greater Norwalk area, will be honoring community supporter Brendan McGee, founder and owner of Brendan’s 101, as its 2024 Luminary Award recipient during its 40th anniversary Gala and Auction on April 25.  This year marks four decades of Open Doors serving as a community resource for those dealing with homelessness and financial instability.


“Extending an o­ffer of help can be one of the most generous and transformative actions that anyone can take,” said Michele Conderino, Executive Director of Open Doors.  “In the spring of 2020, Brendan connected with us and said that he and his team wanted to use their kitchen to help local organizations that were feeding the community. From that day forward, Brendan has continued to provide regular donations that have helped us to meet the growing need for food in our community.”


For those who are not familiar with Brendan’s 101, the restaurant is a Rowayton landmark. In 1988, McGee transformed the historic building at 101 Rowayton Avenue into an ice cream / co­ffee / sandwich shop. Echoing the spirit of the building’s origins as a town library, Brendan’s 101 brings people together and has become a staple of the neighborhood.


Brendan McGee is an extraordinary example of community support and the impact that a local business owner can make for those who are most in need. Open Doors is truly thankful for his commitment to closing the hunger gap and providing food for our neighbors.


Tickets are still available for this year’s Gala and Auction, which takes place at The Loading Dock in Stamford on Thursday, April 25.  To purchase a ticket, virtually participate in the silent auction, or make a contribution to Open Doors as part of this year’s event, please visit

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