BRISTOL - The Main Street Community Foundation held its annual meeting March 8, distributing $1.7 million in grants and scholarships.
The meeting saw a gathering of board members, past leadership and staff. Grants and scholarships were awarded to residents of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott through programs and community leadership initiatives.
Since the foundation was established in 1995, it has distributed $17.3 million in the communities it serves. The foundation received $1.4 million in contributions in 2018 and 11 new funds were established by local individuals, families and organizations to support causes they care about to better their communities.
“Our local communities have very generous residents,” said Susan Sadecki, the foundation’s president and CEO. “They have established a total of 236 funds and made contributions that fuel these grants to their favorite nonprofits, their towns and their most passionate causes, like education, healthcare and the environment. We are honored to help our donors carry out their wishes and fulfill their charitable goals.”
The Main Street Community Foundation also elected new officers at its Annual Meeting. John D. Scarritt handed off the gavel of board chair to Marguerite P. Fletcher and became the past board chair. Serving alongside Fletcher will be two vice-chairs - Valerie A. DePaolo and Scott Fournier. Moving into the role of secretary is David J. Aldieri and the assistant secretary will be Kristine J. Dargenio. Finally, the new treasurer will be Michael J. Brault.
In addition, two directors -Mark Malley of Plymouth and Jennifer Scully of Wolcott - were re-elected to the board. The Community Foundation Board consists of community leaders charged with ensuring donors’ intentions are fulfilled in perpetuity.
“The Board of Directors plays an essential role in guiding the foundation’s work in the region,” said Sadecki. “We are grateful for their generous commitment of time and the valuable expertise each brings to the foundation.”
-The Main Street Community Foundation