Annual Meeting & Member Recognition

Jenny Hubbard: On Finding Sanctuary

Join us for an inspiring talk by Jenny Hubbard, a remarkable woman who turned personal tragedy into a powerful force for good. In the face of unimaginable loss, Jenny channeled her daughter Catherine’s deep love for animals and created the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, which not only won the prestigious Crisis Hero Award presented by AFP Fairfield in 2022 but also broke ground last December on the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. This sanctuary is a testament to Jenny’s unwavering commitment to honoring Catherine’s memory. Learn how she transformed a day of grief into one of hope and remembrance, and discover the incredible impact the sanctuary has had in finding homes for over 1,157 pets, partnering with municipalities, and providing meals to animals in need. Jenny’s story is a powerful example of resilience and turning tragedy into meaningful change, and her talk promises to inspire and uplift.

Jenny Hubbard with her daughter Catherine Violet Hubbard

Her story reminds us all that even in the face of adversity, there is always room for hope, compassion, and the potential to make a lasting impact on our communities and the world.



Our Speaker:

Jennifer Hubbard is the president and executive director of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, which she founded in memory of her daughter, who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She is an award-winning writer with Magnificat.

She has been a guest on a variety of national television shows, including Today, CBS News, and ABC News. She also has been featured on Catholic News Agency and is a monthly guest on Spirit Morning Radio in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hubbard earned her bachelor’s degree from Randolph Macon Women’s College. She lives with her son in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.


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Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
11:30am – 12:00pm  Registration and Networking
12:00pm- 1:30pm  Buffet Lunch and Program

Location: Pinstripes (At the top of the SoNo Collection Mall), 100 North Water Street, Suite 3300, Norwalk, CT 06854

Note: Parking is $1/hour payable at a kiosk near the entrance to Pinstripes. Parking is on the roof level near Pinstripes. Before the event, we will send an email with detailed parking information.

Luncheon Fee

*GUEST of AFP Member – $45

A BENEFIT for all AFP-Fairfield County Chapter Members! We encourage you to invite a prospective member to an AFP educational program at a special rate of $45.
*Reservations can be made online by the guest, but the Member must attend the event. Walk-in guests will not qualify for special rate. Guests may only receive a special guest rate one time.