National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced recently that the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA ArtWorks grant. The developmental theater is recommended for a $50,000 grant to support new play development for its 2013 National Playwrights Conference and National Music Theater Conference season.“The National Endowment for the Arts substantial and increased support is an incredible vote of confidence in the O’Neill and the value we provide to the nation,” said Preston Whiteway, the O’Neill’s Executive Director. (above) Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director, National Music Theater Conference. Paulette co-founded the National Music Theater Conference, and has served as its artistic director since the beginning, 1978.
The Eastern Federal Bank Foundation is currently accepting requests for grant applications for its 2013 grant award program . In June, the Foundation awarded a total of $19,500 to 22 local non-profit charitable organizations. “We were exceptionally pleased by the number of qualified grant applications we received during 2012 and look forward to approving as many applicants as possible in 2013,” said President Gerald D. Coia.
The Citizens Bank Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Thames River Family Program, an affordable housing initiative that offers support services to low-income adults in the form of self-reliance and employment programs. The $5,000 granted to the nonprofit will provide affordable housing in conjunction with the support services needed to maintain safe and successful futures for members of the community. Kathleen, an intern at Thames River Family Program, and a child involved with the program have fun on-site.
Charter Oak presented the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center with $3,000 worth of turkeys on November 14. Charter Oak has given more than $575,000 to local community and non-profit groups since 2009 through its Community Giving Program. (l-r) Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing; Wayne Burgess, Chairman, Supervisory Committee; Maria Tuneski, Payroll Administrator; Lisa Gaudreau, Benefits Coordinator; Joshua Orlando, Marketing Assistant; Brian A. Orenstein, Chief Executive Officer, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union; Gemma Moran, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center; Shaun Formica, Public Relations Coordinator; Mel Olsson, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union; Kelly Horton, Vice President, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center and Food Policy Council, and Jack Hinds, Warehouse Specialist, Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center.
The Harp & Dragon was honored to have James (Jimmy) Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey Bourbon as a special guest of the pub on Tuesday, December 4. Jimmy Russell has been making bourbon at the Austin Nichols Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for 54 years. Scott Capano stated it was a pleasure and honor to have him visit the pub. (l-r) Zackary Fournier, Cook, Harp & Dragon, Thomas Banks, Manager, Harp & Dragon, Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey, Leslie Wapinsky, Bartender, Harp & Dragon, Scott Capano, Owner Harp & Dragon.