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$1 Million Raised For Fairfield County Nonprofits During 2015 Giving Day; $39151 For Newtown …

March 13, 2015 5:00 pm Published by Fifteen Newtown organizations raised a total of $39,151.

The second annual online day of giving was more successful than 2014's event, which raised a total of $745,729.64.

FCCF President and CEO Juanita James said via press release that the goal this year was to raise $1 million in 24 hours for Fairfield County nonprofits.

"The outpouring of donations from Fairfield County residents with the cash prize sponsorships from our generous business community exceeded our goal," Ms James said.

Fairfield County Giving Day is an intense fundraising event, with nonprofits invited to register for participation; registration for this year's event closed February 13. Donations and cash prizes totaled $82,203 for Curtain Call, a Stamford-based theater company; $76,890 was raised for Wildlife in Crisis, a Weston-based group that provides care to injured or orphaned wild animals.

Juanita James pointed out that Giving Day is nut just about raising money for nonprofits.

"It's also about raising awareness that you can make a real impact right here in Fairfield County," she said. Bill Tommins, the Southern Connecticut market president for Bank of America, said through a press release that Giving Day "not only demonstrated the generosity of our community, it helped cultivate a new generation of donors."

"This support will help local nonprofits continue to deliver the vital services they provide throughout Fairfield County," Mr Tommins added.


Special Prizes

Prize money donations made available during the course of Giving Day, funded by Bank of America, included first and second prize for most unique donors ($25,000 and $15,000, respectively); first and second prizes for most dollars raised ($20,000 and $10,000, respectively), and designated power hours, with $1,000 prizes each, including Rise and Shine Power Hour, beginning at 6 am; Lunch Special Power Hour, which started at noon; Quitting Time Power Hour, 4 to 5 pm; and Super Power Hour, from 7 to 8 pm.

In addition, $1,000 Launch Prizes were awarded to the first 12 groups to receive 25 unique gifts of $25 or more.

A Facebook Contest, a one-day event on February 26 where registered groups were encouraged to post "a creative, dynamic and engaging photo" on their Facebook page, with the tag #FairfieldCountyGives, offered three cash prizes event before Day of Giving began. Among that group was The Newtown Foundation, which finished the day with 67 donations and $1,955.

Additional Newtown Nonprofit Efforts

Sixteen Newtown-based nonprofits participated in this year's FCCF Giving Day. While this number is larger than last year's collection of 12 groups, four of last year's participants (The 12.14 Foundation, CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, and The Resiliency Center of Newtown) did not participate this year.

There were, however, a number of newcomers in this year's fundraising effort including The Avielle Foundation, Creative Youth Productions, Embrace Hope/Sandy Hook Equine Assisted Therapy, Friends of 2GHG, Newtown Historical Society, Peak Academy/REACH Newtown, and Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.

Ben's Lighthouse was also a first-timer this year. Without the funds, we can't do that."

The funds raised will also help the club, said Mr Zeisler, which is hoping to put up a new building on a new site "in the very near future," he said March 11.

"Whenever there is an opportunity to get our name out there, and any place where we can bring in funds, we're really focused on now," he said.

A newcomer to the event, Newtown Historical Society, raised $340 thanks to 12 gifts last week. The idea of crowdsourcing is so beneficial."

The other Newtown groups that participated in Giving Day 2015 and their results were as follows: Ben's Lighthouse, with 186 gifts, raised $7,407; Newtown Youth & Family Services, $3,536; Friends of 2GHG, Inc, $795; Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, $766; Creative Youth Productions Inc, $754; Newtown Forest Association, $520; Embrace Hope-Sandy Hook Equine Assisted Therapy Foundation, $350; The Avielle Foundation, $346; EverWonder Children's Museum, $25; and Peak Academy/REACH Newtown, $0.

Peak Academy was not the only group with a $0 balance at the end of the day.

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Park shelter in Philomath dedicated in honor of longtime city manager

March 13, 2015 5:00 pm Published by Park shelter in Philomath dedicated in honor of longtime city manager : Philomath Express Park shelter in Philomath dedicated in honor of longtime city managerBRAD FUQUA Philomath Express During the ceremony, he recognized all of those who contributed, including the Ford Family Foundation ($30,000 grant), the Lion's Club (about $9,000 donated and many volunteer hours) and the Philomath Community Foundation ($5,000 donated).

Local service organizations sold fundraising bricks to be engraved with names and messages as part of a walkway.

"There are a number of people who get the recognition, but there were many, many more people behind the scenes that were making this possible," Kugler said, "and that's the tradition of this community. "Dan obviously is not able to be here to see this and that's a sad thing, but his spirit lives with this project and you can be rest assured, if he were here, he would be celebrating with the rest of us."

McGarry, who died in September 2013, was a longtime community supporter who was honored earlier that year with the dedication of Philomath High School's new fieldhouse.

"A special thanks to the contractors that worked on the shelter," Sloan said. "Sometimes with long gaps between the projects, all of which came with discounted labor rates and honored their original estimates even after their costs had risen."

A program for the ceremony listed 35 contributors.

"I don't know about you, but I know I went to a lot of church potlucks and Little League potlucks in the old shelter," said Bob Boss, president of the Philomath Community Foundation.

Monk uses Powerball winnings to bankroll Chicago theater production

March 13, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

An actor and stage manager turned Episcopal monk, who pledged last year to give away much of his $153 million Powerball jackpot to support the performing arts, has made his first grant to a theatrical production as improbable as his own story.

The Goodman Theatre in Chicago announced last week that its 2015-16 season would include a five-hour adaptation of Roberto Bolano's 900-page novel, "2666," underwritten by a grant from the Roy Cockrum Foundation. The foundation was established to support projects at nonprofit theaters that "reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions."

"2666," directed by Robert Falls, the Goodman's artistic director, and Seth Bockley, its playwright-in-residence, will be supported entirely by the foundation's grant, which the theater characterized as "in the high six or low seven figures."

Falls called the gift, which the theater had not solicited, "extraordinary."

"I've never in my life had a foundation or corporation or individual come to us and say their desire was to give money toward work on that scale," he said. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Mass., an Episcopal monastery where he took vows of poverty, in 2003.

Until now, Cockrum who moved to Knoxville, Tenn., in 2009 to take care of his aging parents, had made virtually no public comment about his giving plans.

But in an interview Friday, he traced the impulse behind the gift to a trip several years ago to London, where he saw Nicholas Hytner's lavish adaptation of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" at the Olivier Theatre.

"There was a huge cast, a score from start to finish, special effects every five minutes and a very enthusiastic young audience on the edge of their seats," Cockrum said.

But after the curtain fell, he felt "rather sad."

Cockrum, who won $259.8 million and chose to take a lump-sum payment of $153.5 million, established the foundation and installed Benita Hofstetter Koman, an experienced arts administrator he knew from their days together at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ky., as the executive director.

Cockrum, who has also made a personal gift of $1 million to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, declined to give the size of the foundation endowment.

Lou Ursone: George Bailey lives

March 13, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

A little more than a year ago, the Fairfield County Community Foundation initiated a new (to this area) concept in fundraising that also raises awareness for the hundreds of nonprofits doing great work throughout our county. At the end of Giving Day 2014, I was overwhelmed by the level of support we received: We had more contributions and raised more dollars than any other nonprofit organization in the county. What was particularly gratifying to me last year was that so many other arts organizations had done well too.

Many nonprofit colleagues asked, "How did you do it?" (Why do you think MDA was successful each year with the Jerry Lewis Telethon?) I also believe that our personal connection with our community is the key, and partly because we had some kind of activity at our Sterling Farms home 340 days last year.

When the announcement came around that Giving Day was returning for 2015, I was excited and apprehensive. Through actual fundraising and bonus prizes, we raised $82,000 that day.

This year, 17 percent of the nearly $1,000,000 raised in that 24-hour period went to performing arts organizations.

As a life-long member of the Stamford/Fairfield County arts community, I ask you to help us broaden support for the arts. Our most sincere gratitude goes to lead sponsor Bank of America, as well as to Juanita James and the amazing team at the Fairfield County Community Foundation, who support Curtain Call, the arts, and so many other terrific members of the nonprofit sector.

All of us at Curtain Call are extremely proud and grateful for the 25 years of support our community has provided, but we're most especially thankful for the generosity bestowed upon us on Fairfield County Giving Day. Here's to Giving Day 2016 and the next 25 years in Curtain Call history.

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