University of Bridgeport President to Headline Thomas Merton Breakfast

Bridgeport, CT:  On Thursday May 14th, The Thomas Merton Center will hold its 26th Annual Celebrity Breakfast at The Holiday Inn in Bridgeport from 7:30 to 9 am. The Celebrity Breakfast will feature guest speaker Laura Skandera Trombley, PhD, the current President of the University of Bridgeport.

Laura Skander Trombley, PhD is the tenth President of the University of Bridgeport. Trombley is president emerita of Pitzer College and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Previously, she served as vice president for academic affairs at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In speaking of the Universityof Bridgeport, Trombley stated she was drawn to the school by “the mission of this vital university, its long commitment to the city of Bridgeport, and the crucial role that it plays in higher education in New England. I am deeply impressed with the breadth and depth of the curriculum and the excellence of their professional and graduate programs. I am passionate about education, students and the University of Bridgeport.” In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Trombley to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, calling her “intelligence, warmth, and dedication to international education . . . a vital addition.” In 2017, she was appointed Chair of the 12-member body.

Full details on how to become an event sponsor for the Celebrity Breakfast, as well as registration for individual tickets and tables can be found at As a sponsor, companies receive exposure through digital materials, social media, on-site recognition and more! There is a variety of sponsorship opportunities with levels ranging from $1,500 to over $10,000. Sponsorship opportunities, tickets and tables are available for purchase now.

The Thomas Merton Center is a program of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc. located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Thomas Merton Center is committed to providing a loving, safe and hope-filled community atmosphere that responds to the needs of its guests and residents and respects the dignity of each person. The program was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned individuals who saw a need for services to the economically disadvantaged people in the city of Bridgeport. As the times have changed and the needs of the people served have changed the program developed programs that address issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, parenting issues and youth at risk.

The Thomas Merton Center soup kitchen serves 90,000 meals a year to 7,850 individuals. The Eat Smart Marketplace Food Pantry serves 575 families each month – 6,900 annually. Pantry clients receive 10 days of groceries each month, including 3 meals per day. The total meals distributed in the pantry is approximately 60,375 per month or a total of about 724,500 per year. Excess food from the pantry is provided to two senior centers in Bridgeport on a weekly basis. Volunteer support helps to keep the average cost of meals as low as $1.12 per meal.

For more information on the Celebrity Breakfast, please go to or contact Sabine Kuczo at [email protected].

To learn more about the services provided by The Thomas Merton Center visit their webpage at




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