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Greenwich First Selectman In The Hot Seat For American Cancer Society Roast

American Cancer Society Community Leaders announced Peter Tesei will serve as this year’s honoree at the American Cancer Society Local Philanthropist Roast. From left: FJ Mercede, Megan Couch, Peter Tesei, Steve Folb and Greg Durkin.
American Cancer Society Community Leaders announced Peter Tesei will serve as this year’s honoree at the American Cancer Society Local Philanthropist Roast. From left: FJ Mercede, Megan Couch, Peter Tesei, Steve Folb and Greg Durkin. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei will be in the hot seat as the American Cancer Society rolls out its annual “Local Philanthropist Roast.”

The event will be Thursday, Oct.13, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 E. Putnam Ave.

Steve Folb, of Fairfield, and FJ Mercede, of Stamford, are the co-chairs. Longtime volunteers of the American Cancer Society, Folb and Mercede collaborated on a capital campaign that led to the construction of the American Cancer Society’s Regional Center at 38 Richards Ave., Norwalk. They also have been instrumental in establishing and building the annual roast, raising more than $1.5 million to support cancer programs and research.

Other members of the committee include Megan Couch of Weston, Greg Durkin of Stamford, and Barbara Heim of Greenwich.

Proceeds from the event and its live auction, Hand Up For Hope, will benefit the American Cancer Society and its research program.

Tickets are available by calling 203-563-1512 or via email at aubrey.keely@cancer.org, or visit www.fairfieldcountyroast.org .

Tesei was elected first selectman of the Town of Greenwich in November 2007. Before serving as first selectman, he worked in the financial services sector for nearly 20 years, serving as a vice president of the wealth management group of BNY/Mellon.

As a volunteer, Tesei served Greenwich on the Board of Estimate and Taxation for 10 years. He also served as a board member of the United Way of Greenwich and the American Red Cross Greenwich Chapter and is currently a member of the boards for the Greenwich Council of Boy Scout’s America, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra and American Red Cross Metro CT/NY and serves on the advisory boards of The Breast Cancer Alliance and Community Centers Inc.

He is a fifth generation Greenwich resident. He and his wife, Jill are the parents of a daughter, Caroline, and a son, James, both who attend Greenwich Public Schools.

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