brian scruton

Brian Scruton has been appointed to the Board of Directors of New Canaan-based First Candle, it was announced by CEO Alison Jacobson and Board Chair David Cunningham.

Mr. Scruton is a director in Cushman & Wakefield’s Leasing Services Group, in the firm’s Stamford, CT office, where he specializes in tenant and landlord representation services in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. He has represented tenants such as WWE, Power Home Remodeling Group, Silgan Holdings and worked with some of the largest landlords in the region.

At Cushman & Wakefield he organizes its annual Bowl-A-Thon event, which has collectively raised more than $500,000 for local charities, including First Candle. He is also a youth soccer coach in Stamford and member of the Stamford Boys & Girls Club. Mr. Scruton graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Policy, Analysis and Management, and he and his family reside in Fairfield.

“First Candle has helped my family tremendously over the last year. We lost our son, Austin Henry, to a sleep-related death and wanted to give back to the same organization that supported us when we needed it the most,” he said. “I look forward to working with them to promote awareness and support families who have suffered from sleep-related infant deaths.”

“While it saddens me that I met Brian under such tragic circumstances I’m so happy that he has agreed to join our Board.  As a SIDS parent myself I know the feeling only too well of wanting to raise awareness about ways to prevent sleep-related infant deaths and support other families who have experienced the death of a precious baby.  Brian is an incredibly smart and passionate person and I’m excited to have him bring his expertise to our Board.”

About First Candle: First Candle, based in New Canaan, CT, is a 501c(3) committed to eliminating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related infant deaths, while providing bereavement support for families who have suffered a loss.  Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), which includes SIDS and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed (ASSB), remains the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age, resulting in 3,600 infant deaths nationwide per year.