Western Connecticut Health Network announced the creation of the Christian J. Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health. WCHN said it was the first of its kind in Connecticut.

Established with a gift from Westport residents and Norwalk Hospital Foundation directors Christian and Eva Trefz, the funding is being used to provide medical residents, students and faculty with hands-on learning opportunities to better understand public health issues and the impact of globalization on vulnerable populations.

The first recipient is Dr. Majid Sadigh, a global health expert at Danbury Hospital.

In the world of business

New Canaan-based Bankwell has named Wilton resident Penko Ivanov executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Ivanov held the same positions at Darien-Rowayton Bank and was interim CFO for Doral Financial when the company went through a bankruptcy reorganization. Ivanov previously worked for Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, Tygris Commercial Finance in Wilton, First Light Financial in Greenwich and GE Capital.

He is a certified public accountant and has undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of South Florida.

Holiday program seeks donations

The Westport Department of Human Services will again sponsor its annual Holiday Giving Program for Westport residents. In the past, the program has aided residents coping with foreclosures, layoffs and reduced work hours.

Following established guidelines for Westport Warm-Up Fund eligibility, the Human Services Department serves largely as a facilitator, allowing Westport residents who wish to give to do so, while protecting the confidentiality of both the donor and receiver.

This program has developed largely in response to calls from Westport residents and organizations who wish to share their holiday spirit with others. Over the years, the community has given generously with many individuals, clubs, schools, churches, book clubs and businesses participating in the program — many of them year after year.

Some of the most appreciated gifts are grocery and gas gift cards of any amount, as well as gift cards to local stores where residents may shop. In addition, cash donations are always welcome as they allow for the purchase of last-minute gift cards for clients. If a resident wishes to “shop” for a family’s actual gift requests, this can also be accommodated at whatever level the donor feels comfortable.

Checks may be made payable to “DHS Family Programs” with “Holiday” on the memo line and may be mailed or dropped off in Room 200 at Town Hall.

Westport residents and organizations who wish to donate to this effort are urged to contact Patty Haberstroh at hsyouth@westportct.gov or 203-341-1069 as soon as possible. In addition, families who feel they will need extra support during the coming holiday season should contact the department at 203-341-1050.

Agatha Christie comes to life

Murder mystery fans are in for a treat with the Westport Community Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution.”

Set in post-war London of the 1950s, the play is a

“who-done-it” mystery with numerous plot twists and turns that keep the audience guessing until the very last scene.

Tom Rushen directs the outstanding cast of 14 local actors, including Westport residents Cindy Hartog and Samantha Pattinson, in performances through Dec. 11.

Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling 203-226-1983. The Westport Community Theatre is at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.