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Philanthropy Matters. Philanthropy Works. Anyone can be a philanthropist at any time, in any amount. Established by the Board of Directors in 1997, the Middlesex Enhancement Fund is available to all donors to make gifts of any size. Over the years the Fund has grown substantially with memorial, anonymous and other gifts. Grant making is the most direct and effective way the Community Foundation works with donors to support the community in which we live, work and play. This Fund supports grants to meet current needs and improve conditions in the county. The Community Foundation is limited only by your…

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The VRHS Trades Awards acknowledges the value of the work of tradespeople and the challenges of getting established. This award is intended to aid graduating Valley Regional High School (VRHS) students who are choosing to pursue a trade, field, or business venture after graduation rather than attend a college or university. The VRHS Class of 1982 was made up of individuals with a strong sense of community and compassion. This has continued since graduation, and the class continues to find impactful ways to engage with their community and mentor those students following in their footsteps. Recently members of the Class…

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Building Strong Communities Together A strong community exists because friends and neighbors believe in supporting their towns today and making sure each generation is offered every opportunity possible for a vibrant future. A group of Durham and Middlefield citizens set out in the early 1990s to do just that – provide for the youth of their town. Together, they launched Durham-Middlefield Youth & Family Services (DMYFS), a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the youth and families of Durham and Middlefield. Since that first opening day, DMYFS has worked with residents, town officials of Durham and Middlefield, the school district, and a…

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A Lifetime of Music Leads to A Legacy for Middletown Students Santo Fragilio was well-known – and loved – for many reasons, but two will always stand out for those who knew him best: his joy at playing the violin and his desire to share music with his students at the Middletown Public Schools. The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) only knows Great People Doing Great Things, and we are always honored when our friends and supporters begin thinking about the legacy they wish to leave their community. Several years before his death, Santo was thinking about the many children…

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A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. ― W.H. Auden   Writing – in all its various forms – is empowering. It’s creative, expressive, illustrative, and informative. The act of writing is a gift of sharing, shaping experience and feeling into something others can read, hear, understand, and relate to. Susan D. E. Allison served the community through her creative skills, talents, and gentle ways. Her love for the arts in general and particularly the written word are legendary. Through her writing, she gave life and voice to Middletown and shared her abiding…

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If you prefer to make a donation by mail, please make checks payable to CFMC and note “Ryan’s Circle of Giving” in the memo line. Checks may be sent to the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, 49 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at 860.347.0025 Ryan’s Circle of Giving is a fund set up to honor the memory and legacy of Ryan Charles Gordon. As a freshman in college in 2005, who was on his way to fulfilling his life’s dream of becoming a Broadcast Journalist, Ryan was forced to return home…

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A Legacy of Helping Others Arlene Mazzotta was a force in the community. In addition to founding and nurturing A.R. Mazzotta Employment Specialists to be the successful business it is, she championed where we work, live, and play each and every day. Arlene accomplished much while celebrating life to the fullest. She had a list of “firsts” throughout her life. She was the first woman chair of the Board of Directors of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. She was a founding member of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls and later…

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They had us at WOOF! Did you know some of the hardest working, most efficient, and most cost-effective officers on the beat are “man’s best friends”? A Police K-9 performs 97% of its work with its mere presence, and the tasks they perform are often overlooked. Middletown Police Department (MPD) K9s are on patrol every day and are routinely called upon for a variety of tasks and services, including building searches, apprehending fleeing criminals, locating missing persons, evidence recovery, narcotics detection, crowd control, and public relations/education by conducting demonstrations throughout the community. All of this means the K-9 unit needs…

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THOSE WHO SERVE A COMMUNITY’S VOLUNTEER FIRST RESPONDERS Your Neighbors – Your Friends – Your Wives – Your Husbands Who are they? They are the people who drop everything and respond when the emergency call goes out. They are members of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company – 50 of the strongest resources a town could have. And they would like your support. Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) has a long history of service, back to 1934 when a group, concerned with fire protection, established the company. “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” has become a tradition for some families, as many generations join…

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A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS You hear it all the time: “Do your homework.” “Stay in school.” Study hard and you’ll be a success.” How often do you actually see someone doing more than offering these platitudes? Well, in Mary Rawlins, many students found their champion. Mary Rawlins (1929-1995), a founder of the Connecticut Association of Affirmative Action Professionals (now Connecticut Association of Diversity and Equity Professionals or CADEP), was particularly interested in improving educational opportunities for minority students and encouraging them to stay in school. Some twenty years ago, she and her fellow members of CAAAP (now CADEP) established an…

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“This small building has been erected for you in hopes that it will not only be of benefit to you, but will stand and be of service to many generations. This small library has also been prepared for you in hopes that it will contribute to your happiness and the happiness of future generations.” (Levi E. Coe, 1893, upon the dedication of the Library) Imagine what Levi E. Coe would say today, some 120 years later, to know that not only has the Library named for him continued to be of benefit to Middlefield, but has taken the next step…

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A Musical Legacy for Middlesex County For more than 30 years, the Community Music School (CMS) has been serving the musical education needs of shoreline residents and enriching the artistic life of the community. As a member of the Community Music School Board of Trustees and an avid fan of the school’s programs, Paula Merrick knew that the creation of an endowed fund would be a sound investment in the school’s future – even if it was fifteen years in the making. “I just love the Music School and my husband, Hap, and I always felt very strongly about ensuring…

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