Have you seen the #greenwichhaspride signs around town in honor of Pride Month? They’re the brainchild of Wells Noonan, a Greenwich Mom (her daughter, Emma Robertson, graduated from Greenwich High School in 2018) and owner of Faces By Wells, an entertainment company (chances are, if you’ve been on the birthday party circuit in Greenwich your child has had their face painted by Wells!). This amazing project supports the new Kids in Crisis Lighthouse program at Christ Church, which will offer a safe space for LGBTQ+ teenagers to meet, share life experiences, listen to speakers and more. We spoke to Wells for a little more info about her sign project, what inspired her, and more.
Love the #greenwichhaspride initiative. Can you please share a bit more about it?
I personally wanted to bring positivity to Greenwich and support our/my loved ones, friends and families who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. The campaign is supporting the Kids in Crisis “Lighthouse Program” at Christ Church for all youths in Fairfield County. Their official Opening at Christ Church is in October.
How many signs have you sold so far and how can people buy?
I have sold over 75 signs in Greenwich alone. You can purchase them by Venmo to me personally $20 @wells-noonan. I will then inform you of pick up locations. All signs are already made. We will be expanding to Stamford next week and will be selling throughout the Pride Month of June.
Why did you decide to do this?
I got the idea from the Darien Moms Group on Facebook and wanted to bring it to Greenwich. I work in the Arts and Entertainment industries. I also have family and dear friends who are a part of the community and wanted to paint the town with pride in honor of them as well as lifting up everyone in the LGBTQ+ community.
What has the best part of this experience been?
I think the best part of this is meeting some of the children at the Lighthouse Program [currently already running in Stamford] and especially their Director Joe Belisle. He’s been helping these children for years and it’s been very inspiring. I have been in awe at all the positivity and gratitude to see this come across their social media platforms. I truly hope it grows annually and am humbled to be part of it.
Anything else you’d like to share about this project?
I have had loads of support during this process and want to thank House of Fins, First Bank of Greenwich, Miller Motorcars, and Pet Pantry for they support and contributions.
Lastly, If anyone wants to do a direct donation, please email Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.