The event honored New Canaan couple Dr. William and Mary Beth Fessler, who have donated their time and services to the organization since its inception.
"For more than 15 years, Dr. Fessler has provided dentistry services to the mothers and children of Malta House and Mary Beth is a board member who continues to provide personal attention to the residents," according to the organization.
Mary Beth Fessler said the couple has supported the organization because of its values and aims. The Malta House is a Roman Catholic lay organization that supports destitute young mothers, providing them with shelter, sustenance, and support in raising their newborns.
"We are big supporters of life," she said.
"We are pro-life and this
is a mission to support women who choose life and choose to continue to carry their children."
Fessler said she has volunteered since 2005, and that her husband has been involved since 1998, estimating that he has seen hundreds of mothers for dental work over the years, free of charge.
Both Mary Beth and William Fessler are Catholics and members of the Order of Malta, one of the oldest organizations in Western civilization, founded in 1050 in Palestine, according to the national association's website, which states that its members are "devoted to the exercise of Christian virtue and charity."
"We are very aware that Fairfield County is one in which you have the very rich and the very poor," Mary Beth Fessler said.
"Malta House is an opportunity to support women who want to keep their children, but don't have the means to."