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Sonia Plumb Dance Company Goes “Off The Grid” With Up Close and Unplugged Dance Concert In West Hartford on March 7–8, 2015

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It’s Sonia Plumb Dance Company “unplugged,” when this inspired modern dance company performs “Off The Grid” on Saturday March 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Lisa Matias Dance Center, 635 New Park Avenue in West Hartford. Audience members will be up close and personal, when the Company performs three audience favorites and one exciting new section from “The Odyssey,” its full-length dance based on Homer’s epic poem that premieres this October.

“How close will you get?” Artistic Director Sonia Plumb teases. “Audience members will be just a few feet away from the action. And, without the curtains, lights and special effects, you’ll witness our dancers on their own, demonstrating their outstanding technique and emotional intensity.”

The three audience favorites being performed at the “Off The Grid” dance concert are the emotional “River” from “Water Wars” (2012), the beautiful “Too Close to the Light” from “Shadows and Light” (2013) and “Privacy Settings” (2014), which is the Company’s exploration of with our obsession with social media, selfies and the issues that made reality TV and the NSA overreach part of our daily lives. And, audience members will get a sneak peek at the creative development process with the premier of the haunting “Sirens,” just one of the sections from the Company’s latest production, which will be staged at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford on October 2–4, 2015.

Tickets are just $10 each for “Off The Grid,” but seating is limited. So, audience members are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance by calling (860) 508-9082 or emailing

“Off The Grid” is just one of the 2015 performances, community outreach events and educational workshops that Sonia Plumb Dance Company will be staging to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Like “The Odyssey,” an arts career spanning 25 years is an epic journey in its own right.

Learn more about the upcoming “Off The Grid” dance concert, “The Odyssey” premiere in October and the educational programs of Sonia Plumb Dance Company by visiting their website at or following them at www.

PHOTO CREDIT: Meghan McDermott and Spencer Pond in a photo from “Too Close to the Light:” Jeffrey Schlichter, photographer

Hartford Foundation’s Record-Breaking Grantmaking Topped $32.5 Million in 2014

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The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for 29 communities in Greater Hartford, awarded more than $32.5 million in grants to the region’s nonprofit agencies and educational institutions this past year.

“As the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving celebrates its 90th anniversary, we are pleased to report that through the support of our generous donors, we were able to award a total of 1,997 grants amounting to $32,513,431 – both record numbers – this past year,” said Linda J. Kelly, president. “We are proud to stand together with our partners to support opportunities that enrich the lives of the people in the Greater Hartford region.”

According to the latest estimated, unaudited numbers, the Foundation ended 2014 with assets of $930 million, in 1,091 funds, another record. Since its founding in 1925, the Foundation has awarded approximately $621 million in grants.

Following the pattern of recent years, the Foundation’s key strategic priority of education received the largest share of the grants, 29 percent, including new and renewed college scholarships. The Foundation’s investment in education reflects the vision of its strategic plan to enhance educational equity and opportunity for all students in Greater Hartford.

Grants for family and social service received 22.5 percent; health – 15 percent; arts and culture – 14 percent; housing and economic development – 8.6 percent, general – 6.9 percent and summer programs – 3.4 percent.

These grants supported the expansion of existing programs, helped fund new programs or organizations, supported capital projects and helped agencies deal with unanticipated declines in revenue during difficult economic times.

Below are some examples of grants to support a wide variety of activities to support our residents and create more vibrant communities in Greater Hartford.


• $240,000 through the Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative to increase supports and resources to those providing child care in their homes. This focus has led to the creation of the first statewide steering committee dedicated to improving the quality of home-based child care. This project will provide consultation to home providers on how to make small facility improvements to the home to enhance the health, safety, and learning of the children in their care.

• Over $300,000 in planning and capacity-building grants to seven of the region’s high-need school districts. Grants were provided to Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, Vernon, Windsor, and Windsor Locks school districts to promote increased educational equity and opportunity through the districts’ increased partnership with families and community resources. The grants mark the Hartford Foundation’s first efforts to help districts outside of Hartford to focus on developing effective family, school and community partnerships , increase capacity through training and technical assistance, coaching and leadership development.

• More than $900,000 in total has already been awarded to two of these districts, Manchester and Windsor Locks, for implementation grants following the districts’ strategic planning. Manchester received a $713,520 grant to develop a new Office of Family and Community Engagement and further develop several Family Resource Centers. Windsor Locks was awarded a $234,422 grant to create multiple new personalized and experiential learning opportunities as components of new “career and college pathways” for Windsor Locks students.


• $300,000 to the Hartford Stage Company, Inc. for expansion of MainStage productions to increase capacity to create quality performances. Hartford Stage celebrated their 50th year in 2014.

• $225,000 to Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Inc. for general operating support. Funding will support the goals outlined in Amistad’s strategic plan including marketing and fundraising goals.

Community and Economic Development

• $180,000 to Billings Forge Community Works for the farm-to-table youth and family program integrating culinary arts, urban agriculture and entrepreneurial skill-building.

Family/Child/Social Services

• $110,000 to True Colors, Inc. to support a volunteer coordinator position. The project is designed to better serve the needs of True Colors’ clients by utilizing volunteers for administrative and basic programmatic operations, thereby freeing up staff time to devote more effectively to the individual needs of the LGBT youth served.

• $345,000 to Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund to support the Hartford Equal Justice Collaborative addressing civil, legal, and related needs of Latinos and other low-income people in Greater Hartford. The Hartford Equal Justice Collaborative (HEJC) is a new partnership that includes Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut (LARCC), and Statewide Legal Services (SLS).


• $250,000 to Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Inc. to support a multi-agency nonprofit center in Hartford. Foundation funds supported a business coordinator, responsible for all back office operations, and start-up costs for equipment and technology.


• $300,000 to AIDS Connecticut for a service coordinator to support and expand operations of ACT’s wellness center in Hartford.

Southington Couple’s Philanthropy Benefits Prudence Crandall Center

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New Britain, Conn., February 16, 2015 – Over the course of nearly 20 years as a Registered Nurse working on a crisis team in a hospital emergency room, Miriam Hayes had seen her share of tragedy, frequently in the form of domestic violence victims arriving with their bones – and lives – shattered.

“I remember one young woman, it was the third time she had been to the ER. She was thrown over a flight of stairs and had 26 staples in her head,” recalled Hayes with horror. “I told her, ‘You’re not going to have another chance. The next time you come in you’ll be dead.’”

Hayes made a call to the Prudence Crandall Center, which for more than 40 years has provided support and services to local victims of domestic violence. Unlike so many similar victims who may not be able to muster the courage to take advantage of such outreach, this particular woman, said Hayes, did indeed get help, help that may very well have saved her life.

It is stories like these that have inspired Hayes and her husband, Robert Mugford, to support the Prudence Crandall Center with their time, talent and financial resources. Thanks to a generous gift from the retired Southington couple, the newly established Mugford/Hayes Bright Futures Fund for Prudence Crandall Center, Inc. at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain will help the Crandall Center sustain programs and services for years to come.

“When we attended the opening of the Center’s Rose Hill Campus several years back, I said to Miriam ‘We have to do something,’” said Mugford, a retired CPA who over the years has lent his time and financial support to a variety of local causes. “These victims are just paralyzed, they have no place to go.

“The Prudence Crandall Center is that place they need,” he continued. “We are so impressed by their work. They help entire families across a broad spectrum of diverse needs brought on by domestic violence.”

“Bob and Miriam are just a wonderful couple, and both are passionately engaged in supporting the Prudence Crandall Center,” said Barbara Damon, the Center’s executive director. “Having an endowment of this nature helps provide financial sustainability for us in the future, so we can continue our services for many years to come.”

The Prudence Crandall Center, established in 1973, is dedicated to helping women, men and children achieve lives free of domestic violence by providing care, advocacy, support and education. It is one of the few programs of its nature in the country with a full spectrum of shelter, housing and support services needed to offer practical, long-term solutions to the challenges posed by domestic violence.

The Mugford/Hayes Bright Futures Fund will make regular, annual distributions for the purpose of carrying out the work and mission of the Prudence Crandall Center, in accordance with Community Foundation policy.

“The monumental work of the Prudence Crandall Center over the past 40 years speaks for itself, having helped thousands upon thousands of domestic violence victims heal and move on to lead safe, self-sufficient lives,” said Jim Williamson, president of the Community Foundation. ”We are honored to be the steward of Bob and Miriam’s generous gift, and to assist a vital community resource such as the Prudence Crandall Center in carrying out its mission.”

Mugford and Hayes not only are supporting the Prudence Crandall Center financially, but are intimately involved as volunteers. They co-chaired the Center’s recent Bright Futures fundraising drive, which raised nearly $400,000, and Hayes has also completed an intensive training course which will allow her to work on the Center’s domestic violence hotline. Instead of making calls on victims’ behalf, as she did as an RN, she’ll be taking them.

The two are excited about the new one-hour “Hope Tours” of the Rose Hill Campus on Burritt Street in New Britain, which are designed to raise awareness of the Center and its mission. Opened in 2009, the Rose Hill Campus is home to supportive housing, a fully equipped medical office, training space, support group rooms, indoor and outdoor spaces for children and teens, and the Center’s administrative offices. Hope Tour participants not only tour the facility, but meet domestic violence survivors who share their stories of abuse.

“You can read about domestic violence, you can see it on TV, but people really need to see it to understand,” said Hayes. “Unless we get our message out there about domestic violence, it is just going to continue and continue.”

For Hope Tour information, call (860) 225-5187, ext. 23. To learn more about the Prudence Crandall Center, visit

The fund marks the second Community Foundation fund dedicated to the Prudence Crandall Center. The Prudence Crandall Center Endowment Fund also benefits Center programming. Members of the public wishing to support the Prudence Crandall Center by donating to either fund may do so by visiting, or calling (860) 229-6018.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit


Jim Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, (860) 229-6018 x306,

Dennis Buden, DBPR, (860) 558-0514,

Have a Heart Do Your Part to Save a Life in February

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Hearts are ever present during the month of February.  Valentine’s Day reminds us to show the ones who matter most some extra love.   In the case of Mark Anthony Littlejohn of Hartford, his heart overflows with love on a daily basis.  It’s the very act of a beating heart that reminds him of all that is meaningful in his life.


“I had a weak heart.  I couldn’t breathe or walk but short distances.   I needed a new a heart so they put me on an assisted heart pump machine to help my heart beat regularly,” said Littlejohn.


The machine helped Littlejohn function as normal as could be expected for about two and a half years.   However, it was not a long-term solution.   In his early 50’s, Littlejohn was on the wait list for a new heart.


“I was crazy out my mind. It’s so stressful you don’t know what to do.  I just wanted to live,” he adds.


Perhaps the waiting is the worst part, never knowing if and when the life changing call will come.   Typically, there are three categories of people waiting for new hearts: people in good to great health, people in good health but with some problems and thirdly, people plagued with serious problems.   Littlejohn was among those in good to great health and that information combined with the long list of people in need made the waiting especially hard.


“I leaned on God to ease my stress so I prayed to get through the wait,” he said.


After two years of waiting, the call for a new heart finally came in in November 2014.


“God had a plan and delivered a heart,” said Littlejohn.  “I was blessed with a heart and thanks to a donor family, my life is so much brighter.”


Mark Anthony Littlejohn is also an African American.   February holds a doubly significant commemoration, as it is also National Black History Month.   In the US, 21 people die every day because of the shortage of organs available for transplant. For minority communities, the need is especially great.  In total, 57% of the patients waiting for organ transplants are minorities, even though they account for 36% of the total population.


It’s important to note that organs are not matched according to race or ethnicity.  People of different races often match one another.  However, there is a higher probability of a match when received from someone of the same ethnicity because compatible blood types and tissue markers—critical qualities for donor and recipient matching—are more likely.   Ultimately, a greater diversity of donors will increase access to organ and tissue transplantation for everyone.


Those who have had a second chance at life, such as Littlejohn, can’t stress enough the importance of donation.


“Those who donate are giving another a new beginning to their life,” said Littlejohn.


A single organ donor can save the lives of eight people, while a single tissue donor can save and heal 50 others through needed heart valves, corneas, skin, bone, and tendons that mend hearts, prevent or cure blindness, heal burns and save limbs.


On Saturday, May 2nd, LifeChoice Donor Services is hosting the 2nd Annual Blue & Green 5K and 2 Mile Walk/Fun Run to gather the community in support of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Funds raised from the event will be used to educate the public about the critical need for more people in Connecticut and Massachusetts to join the Donor Registry and to support donor families.  The event will feature entertainment, local Food Trucks, the Wall of Hope and all registrants will receive a Donate Life  t-shirt. Through this event, LifeChoice strives to inspire the local community to give life to its neighbors in need.


LifeChoice Donor Services, Inc. is the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts with a combined population of 2.3 million people.  The OPO serves twenty-three acute care hospitals for organ and tissue donation and two organ transplant hospitals, Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

LifeChoice Donor Services is a member in good standing of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO).  For more information about LifeChoice and to join the Donor Registry, please visit or call 1.800.874.5215.

David Roy Kovacs Scholarship Fund Reflects Namesake’s Passion for Helping Students Most in Need

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New Britain, Conn., February 11, 2015 – Over the course of three decades teaching special education students at New Britain High School, David Kovacs became known as a beacon of motivation and inspiration for students with a wide variety of sometimes intense, highly personal challenges. He succeeded in a role in which some teachers might not thrive for 30 days, let alone 30 years.

That singular commitment to making a difference in the lives of students who need help the most will continue with the establishment of the David Roy Kovacs Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. Kovacs passed away in November at age 65.

The new scholarship – to be first awarded during the 2015 scholarship season – is a true reflection of Kovacs’ passionate affinity for helping the underdog. One or more scholarships of no less than $1,000 will be awarded annually to a “motivated and qualified” New Britain resident with financial need intending to attend a two- or three-year post-high school community college, trade or vocational program.

“David didn’t want this scholarship to be for students at the top of the class, that’s not what he was about,” said Kovacs’ attorney and close friend Thompson Page of Hartford. “He wanted this for kids who needed financial help, and are both capable and motivated.”

“David was always about the kids,” added close friend, colleague and neighbor Fran Quish, a library media specialist at New Britain High School who worked with David for nearly all of his tenure up to his retirement in 2010. “It was certainly no surprise to me that this is what he wanted to do.”

Kovacs was known to go far above and beyond for his students. He was famous for taking his students, many of whom dealt with social and emotional issues, out to restaurants or to places they had never seen, such as Mystic Seaport. It was not unusual for Kovacs to spend his own money providing students with clothing or supplies if he saw a need.

“I remember once it was crunch time and one of our seniors needed help as graduation approached,” said Quish. “David just stayed with this student, well into the night at school, working with him so the student could get his coursework done and graduate on time.

“That was typical of David – and not the only time it happened.”

At New Britain High School, Kovacs was a debate coach, Philosophy Club faculty advisor, and a break dancing advisor. He was the recording secretary for the New Britain Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, Local 871.

As revered at New Britain High School as Kovacs was, it was only one part of a life devoted to community service and helping others. A resident of the tightly-knit Broadview Terrace Hartford neighborhood, Kovacs served on Hartford’s Democratic Town Committee and was the late Mayor Mike Peters’ campaign manager. He founded AIDS Project Hartford, and in Hartford also served Southend Community Services, the South Hartford Initiative, the Hartford Redevelopment Agency and the Children’s Endowment Fund. He was an original organizer of the famous Hartford Hooker Day Parade.

Eligible applicants for the David Roy Kovacs Scholarship must be New Britain residents, and must be graduates of New Britain High School or any other high school, including charter schools, located in New Britain. Applicants must have graduated within the last three years prior to application. The 2015 scholarship will be awarded to a 2012, 2013 or 2014 graduate or graduates; those scheduled to graduate in 2015 will be eligible for next year’s award.

For more information, students are encouraged to contact Kaylah Smith, Program and Scholarship Associate,

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit


Jim Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, (860) 229-6018 x306,

Dennis Buden, DBPR, (860) 558-0514,


Auditions for THE BULLY

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Ivoryton, CT: The Ivoryton Playhouse will be holding local auditions for a production for schools sponsored by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. THE BULLY is a musical, directed by Daniel Nischan, and will be presented at the Playhouse the week of April 27th. Performances for schools will be daytime with a Saturday performance for the general public. Looking for 3 men and 3 women (ages 18-30) who must be able to sing and act or play piano. There is a stipend.

Auditions will be held at the Playhouse Rehearsal Studio, 24 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT 06409 on Wednesday, February 25th from 4pm – 8pm.

All auditions are by appointment and actors should bring a picture and resume and prepare a song.

For audition appointments, call 860-767-9520, ext.203

Acclaimed Vocalist Develops New Program Honoring Music and Legacy of Noted African American Female Musicians

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To share with audiences throughout Connecticut the music and legacy of pioneering African American female musicians, internationally acclaimed soprano Jolie Rocke Brown has developed a one-woman show sharing the songs and stories of notable performers and musicians.

Singing HERstory pays homage to the life and achievements of inspiring women featured in the banner exhibit, “Sing the Truth: Voices from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Through the entertaining production, audiences celebrate the African American female performance tradition and its impact on the fight for freedom and equality.

“Spanning more than 100 years, these women defined career paths that fed them artistically, financially, and politically as they enriched this nation and the world,” said Jolie Rocke Brown.  “It is a privilege to share their music and life’s work with new audiences.”

The music and acclaim of 14 pioneering musicians are portrayed by dynamic and versatile vocalist Jolie Rocke Brown, and accompanying musicians. Through opera, classical music, ballads, spirituals, jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, and pop music, these artists contributed significantly to their times and culture.  Artists whose music is featured include Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Lola Falana, Ella Sheppard and Marian Anderson.

The musical program and accompanying historical commentary by Rocke Brown is available to organizations in either a 60-minute production or a 90-minute concert format, and can be accompanied by a series of informational banners outlining the accomplishments of the musicians highlighted in the performance.

“Spanning over 100 years, African American female musicians created a soundtrack for the struggle Civil Rights that shaped this nation continues to reverberate throughout the world.  Experiencing their music and legacy through this production, and the extraordinary talent of Jolie Rocke Brown, is a memorable tribute to our culture and HERstory,” said Olivia S. White, Executive Director of The Amistad Center.

The debut of the new performance program is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 at The Ferguson Library at Bedford and Broad Streets in Stamford.  In conjunction with the performance, The Ferguson Library, in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Stamford NAACP, Community Collective, and the Mayor’s Multicultural Council, will exhibit Sing the Truth: Voices from The Amistad Center, a banner display of the photographs and short stories of great African American female vocalists.  The exhibit will run from February 14 to 28, with support by Friends of The Ferguson Library and a grant from CT Humanities. [For information about the performance, contact Elizabeth Joseph at 203-351-8224 or  The Ferguson Library website is]

The incomparable vocal talent of soprano, Jolie Rocke Brown, has taken her to performance stages that traverse the United States, Europe and Australia.  As a recording artist, she has been a featured favorite at several historic Connecticut churches, arts venues, festivals, and community events in addition to local, regional, national and international news, television and radio.  She is currently developing a school curriculum based on the historical legacy of the musicians featured in the exhibit and performance.

Additional information, including bookings, can be obtained by contacting Mary Samuels at  or 631-512-6508. Information about Jolie Rocke Brown, including excerpts of her performances can be found at

The structure of the performance program can be customized for specific organizational needs and can be designed to accommodate corporate auditoriums, school or library facilities, lunch-time, after-work or evening performances.  It can be accompanied by the banner exhibit for the day of the performance, or an extended two-week exhibition.  Though the production is appropriate for any time of year, it may be of particular interest during observances related to Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March.

“Singing HERstory is an ideal opportunity for organizations to celebrate the many contributions of African American women, and to inform and educate employees, clients, and entire community in an entertaining and engaging way,” added Rocke Brown.

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture is dedicated to celebrating art and culture influenced by people of African descent through education, scholarship and social experiences. Its collection of 7,000 works of art, artifacts and ephemera documents nearly the entire history of the literary, artistic, military, enslaved, and free lives of Black people in America and inspires a range of exhibitions and public programs and events.

The Amistad Center is an independently incorporated and managed not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, located in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – a “museum within a museum,” enjoying a unique institutional relationship that facilitates rich cross-cultural conversations between art and audiences.  The Amistad Center’s galleries have been closed for renovation during 2014, and a new, expanded multi-purpose space will be opening on February 14.  The Amistad Center is not related to the many other organizations in Connecticut and across the country who share the name Amistad. Amistad is a popular choice as it remembers a significant event and calls to mind African American strength and history.  The Amistad Center website is or call 860-838-4133.

Motherhood Out Loud at the Ivoryton Playhouse

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“Mom!” “Mommy!!” “Ma!!!” How many times a day does a mother hear these words? Being a mother is one of the most rewarding, hilarious, joy filled and heartbreaking jobs in the world. Come and celebrate all things Mom during a staged reading of Motherhood Out Loud at the Ivoryton Playhouse on February 20th, 21st and 22nd to benefit local agencies that promote programs for women and children.

Motherhood Out Loud features an unprecedented number of pieces by women reflecting upon the diversity of the parenting experience in America today, yet at the same time, the universality of it. From the wonder of giving birth to the bittersweet challenges of role reversal and caring for an aging parent, it is all shared with tremendous candor, heart and humor.

Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein, Motherhood Out Loud is written by a collection of award- winning American writers including Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, LuAnne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West. Henley is a Pulitzer-Prize winner, Rebeck is the creator of the television series SMASH, and Pennette was Executive Producer of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and UGLY BETTY and is Executive Producer of Kirstie Alley’s television show.

Directed by Maggie McGlone Jennings (who has directed several shows at the Playhouse), the play features local actors who are well known in the shoreline community. The cast includes Beverley Taylor (a regular on the Playhouse stage), Jeanie Rapp (known to local audiences as the artistic director of Margreta Stage), Vanessa Daniels and Michael Cartwright.
This special production is a partnership between the Ivoryton Playhouse and several different organizations that promote programs for women and children. Friday, February 20th is in partnership with Women & Family Life Center in Guilford; Saturday, February 21st is in partnership with the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County; and Sunday, February 22nd is in partnership with Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. The Ivoryton Playhouse is proud to partner with three different organizations to raise funds to help those in need in New Haven, Middlesex and New London County.
Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at

The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Pictured: From top left – Beverley Taylor and Michael Cartwright
Bottom left –Atticus Nischan, Jeanie Rapp, Kase Vradenburgh, Vanessa Vradenburgh, Elle Vradenburgh
Photograph by Anne Hudson

Nearly $200,000 in 2015 Scholarships Available At Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

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New Britain, Conn., February 5, 2015 – Application deadlines are fast approaching for nearly $200,000 in 2015 scholarship dollars available through funds managed by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB).

Scholarships are available to 2015 high school senior class students in New Britain, Berlin, Plainville and Southington, with select scholarships available to students in Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield. Several scholarships are also available to local students already enrolled in the higher education program of their choice. Last year, the Community Foundation awarded 60 scholarships from 40 separate donor-established funds totaling approximately $175,000.

“In 2015 the Community Foundation will be awarding the highest amount of scholarship dollars in its history,” said James Jones, Dean of Students at Slade Middle School in New Britain and chair of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. “These awards are a great opportunity for local students from all walks of life and we encourage students to speak today with their guidance counselors.”

Though deadlines for application vary by scholarship and town, the vast majority of deadlines arrive in late March. Accordingly, students and their parents are encouraged to act promptly.

How to Apply for CFGNB Scholarships:

Students enrolled in a public high school should speak immediately with their guidance counselors, who have detailed information on the available scholarships, deadlines and the application process.

Students enrolled in private, parochial, charter or magnet high schools should visit the scholarship section of the Community Foundation’s website ( for detailed scholarship application information.

For more information on CFGNB scholarships, contact Kaylah Smith, Program and Scholarship Associate,

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit


Jim Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, (860) 229-6018 x306,

Dennis Buden, DBPR, (860) 558-0514,


CT Association of Nonprofits Invited to D.C. Congressional Meeting

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Hartford, Conn. (February 5, 2015) – Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) participated this week in ‘Connecticut at the Capitol’, a two-day seminar hosted by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy in Washington, D.C. The event featured presentations on critical federal policy issues facing the 114th Congress.

The entire Connecticut Congressional Delegation attended the seminar as well as high ranking current and former Senators and Representatives from both parties. Panel topics ranged from the next steps for the Affordable Care Act, to immigration reform, to employment and economic development to what to expect over the next two years from Congress.

“Forums like ‘Connecticut at the Capitol’ are incredibly valuable opportunities to learn how we (constituents) can be part of the solution in helping our elected leaders tackle complicated public policy issues facing our state and country,” said Jeff Shaw, director of public policy at CT Nonprofits.

CT Nonprofits was one of many nonprofit organizations whose voices were part of the conversation including CT Association of Problem Gambling, Families and Children of Danbury, Eastern CT Area Health Education Center, Community Health Center of Norwalk and Ability Beyond Disability. Nonprofit providers – and their unique set of challenges – were very much part of the discussions with Connecticut’s legislators in Congress, legislative staff and colleagues.

About Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in Connecticut. As the voice of nonprofits for over 35 years, CT Nonprofits has connected organizations with information, educational opportunities, advocacy and collaboration, helping members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve. To learn more visit
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