A benefit marking the 11th anniversary of Westport-based Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities raised $60,000 for the non-profit organization.

More than 200 guests attended the event May 13 at the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk. Judi Bernstein of Florida, formerly of Westport, was honored with the organization's first Community Service Volunteer Award. Bernstein was a founding member of Smart Kids, served on its board of directors, wrote for the organization's print newsletter, and chaired its first six benefit events, from 2003 through 2008.

In accepting her award, Bernstein spoke about the pain of growing up in Connecticut with learning disabilities and her pride in overcoming them, according to a news release distributed by Smart Kids. She said she had been told she would be lucky to find work as a grocery clerk -- a generation before Mooney was told he would be fortunate to flip burgers for a living.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities' website is www.SmartKidswithLD.org.