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by Alexis Ann
The history of the Mohegan Tribe is replete with tales of heroism, adventure, Family loyalty, and respect for nature. It also is dominated by an emphasis on the duty to see to the well-being of others. Yet, another chapter will be added to that history when it recounts the contribution by the Mohegan Tribe of a truckload of canned goods and peanut butter to the Town of Montville Food Bank.
On Friday, September 5th, a truck provided by Allen Construction, driven by Montville Town Council Vice Chairman Bill Caron, unloaded foods that will greatly assist Montville residents in need. Assisting in all of the attendant labor was Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown, Tribal Vice Chairman James Gessner, Chuck Bunnell, Mohegan Chief of Staff of External and Governmental Affairs, and Montville Mayor Ronald McDaniel. Box upon box of nutrition for those who might otherwise have gone hungry was placed under the care for distribution of Kathleen Doherty-Peck, Director of Senior and Social Services, Town of Montville.
Kathleen expressed her gratitude for the generous support from the Mohegan Tribe. “A jar of peanut butter can provide lunch for a child for two-weeks,” she said.
Chairman Kevin Brown, on behalf of the Mohegan Tribe is ready and willing to help. “We’re going to help!” he announced. The Mohegan Tribe gives roughly $1 Million annually to hundreds of charities across the state.
One can be sure that the gracious Lifetime Chief Lynn “Many Hearts” Malerba expressed, “Give from the heart.” And, Mohegan Chiefs of the past such as the universally beloved Ralph Sturges, smiled down on the event and said, “Well done, this is the Mohegan way – helping those in need.”