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“The Community is where we work, where we play, where we raise our children, where we call home. Our community has given us so much. It is our responsibility to give back and show good stewardship. As stewards of our towns and protectors of our environment, we need to support our local businesses and services to ensure their survival and help nonprofits who rely on the generosity of others to run their programs.” ~ Live Local Give Local Fund, Community Foundation of Middlesex County Higganum Vision Group, a dedicated group of volunteers, embodies the Live Local Give Local sentiment. Higganum…

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A Quiet Way – A “Strong” Impact A long-time resident of Durham, Herb Patterson was a kind, quiet man who made a deep, lasting impression on everyone he met. Herb attended Bowdoin College and then joined the Navy, reaching the rank of Captain of a PT boat during World War II. Herb was known as a life-long philanthropist, volunteering throughout the community, serving on the Board of Directors at Middlesex Hospital and as Chairman of the Board at Durham Manufacturing, and actively supporting his church. In honor of Herb’s devotion to his community and his determination to support the many…

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Like so many of their generation, Rich Tomc’s parents were born to immigrants. They were raised in a close-knit, working class neighborhood. The parish church was the heart of the community, and the families in those neighborhoods recognized the importance of family, hard work, and education. Rich and his siblings were raised in a strong family with a deep religious faith and a profound belief that education was the gateway to endless opportunities. Rich and his wife Joan carried that tradition with them. They found a strong community in Middletown and a positive educational grounding for their two daughters, Jamie…

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The Directors are legendary for their giving, known for their commitment to the community and especially to the youth in our community – the future civic and business leaders of Middlesex County. Their philanthropy – their gifts of time, talent, and money – exemplify their pledge to support programs and services designed to prepare young people for their futures Their trust in the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s capabilities and stewardship is indicative of choosing organizations which will serve the best interests of Middlesex County. Over the years, the Director family has worked with the Community Foundation to establish funds…

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BELDEN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ENDOWS PERMANENT DESIGNATED FUND Since its founding in 1888, the Belden Library Association was a cornerstone in creating and supporting a public library to benefit the people of Cromwell. To this day, the Library has remained an important hub of the Town of Cromwell, providing a wealth of information, services, and programs for residents of all ages. For almost 100 years, the Library was housed in the old Academy building on Main Street in Cromwell, but it was clear that new space was needed. In December 1985, the renamed Cromwell Belden Public Library opened in a new…

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SHORELINE LANDMARK SUPPORTS LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Bill’s Seafood Restaurant is a landmark on the Connecticut shoreline. Thousands of area residents and visitors visit annually to experience the on-the-water setting to the “tune” of Westbrook’s “singing bridge”. The local (and visiting) residents have long supported Bill’s. Their loyalty is returned by the owners and staff many times over. For the past six years, Bill’s Seafood has hosted a golf tournament to support scholar-athletes from the shoreline towns. In just six short years, the business has awarded over $98,000 in scholarships. In 2009 alone, a total of $18,000 was presented to…

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The Directors are legendary for their giving, known for their commitment to the community and especially to the youth in our community – the future civic and business leaders of Middlesex County. Their philanthropy – their gifts of time, talent, and money – exemplify their pledge to support programs and services designed to prepare young people for their futures Their trust in the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s capabilities and stewardship is indicative of choosing organizations which will serve the best interests of Middlesex County. Over the years, the Director family has worked with the Community Foundation to establish funds…

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