Honoring award-winning actor and comedian


in conversation with

acclaimed television news journalist


The Impact of Childhood Trauma Across a Lifetime

Honoring CAC Volunteers:



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The Love Luncheon will feature a conversation with Darrell and Ashleigh discussing a range of topics including trauma, comedy, resilience, life at SNL and community advocacy

Darrell Hammond is an award-winning actor, comedian, master impressionist and Saturday Night Live star. In 14 years on SNL, Darrell Hammond did many impressions, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Sean Connery. Few of his cast members knew that Hammond struggled with drugs, alcohol and self-cutting as the result of childhood abuse. Although Hammond performed brilliantly on live TV, behind the scenes he suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury and addictions, symptoms which were misdiagnosed by over 40 doctors as mental illnesses, including: multiple personality disorder, manic depression and schizophrenia. Hammond's personal story is explored in director Michelle Esrick’s Award-winning documentary Cracked Up. The film gracefully weaves together comedy and tragedy, helping us to understand the biological effects of childhood trauma in a new light. Cracked Up is a rallying cry to be part a movement that is transforming our communities one by one to become trauma informed.

For the past 30 years, Ashleigh Banfield has consistently been one of the most acclaimed anchors in television news, and one of television’s top crime journalists. In her most recent roles, Ashleigh hosted A&E's series Live Rescue, and Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield on HLN. She is a national broadcast anchor, and legal analyst who has reported for CNN, ABC News, Court TV, NBC News and MSNBC. Over the course of her career, the Emmy-Award winner has covered breaking news from across the country and around the globe, including 9/11, the bombing at the Boston Marathon, the shooting at Sandy Hook, and numerous trials where she brought to light the complicated courtroom proceedings of each case.

Many thanks to our 2020 EVENT Chairs:

Ashleigh Banfield, Honorary Chair

April Book

Carol Glassmeyer

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Please join CAC and the Westport Public Library for a free screening of Cracked Up

on Wednesday, May 6th at 7pm

In the documentary film Cracked Up, Darrell Hammond opens up about repressed memories of childhood trauma.

"The documentary Cracked Up affectingly peels back the years of protective layers trapping the trauma, revealing a man who has found a semblance of peace after a lifetime of battling demons." - Los Angeles Times