Newtown Friends of Music has received a $1,000 community arts grant award for its annual School Outreach Program from the Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation. Top executives of both organizations were on hand January 9th for a reception at the bank’s Mill Plain branch to mark the occasion.
Savings Bank of Danbury Chief Operating Officer Kathy Romagnano is pictured above with NFM Grant Administrator Paul Gehrett and NFM President Ellen K Parrella, who were delighted to have their organization recognized financially for its ongoing charitable efforts.
“Newtown Friends of Music has been providing School Outreach Programs to the Newtown public schools for 10 years now, and we are proud to have the Savings Bank of Danbury recognize our efforts with this generous contribution”, said Paul Gehrett. “This award will offset our Outreach costs and help fund this year’s scholarship award. Any Newtown resident high school senior is eligible to apply for the scholarship through the Newtown Scholarship Association.”
Also in attendance were the Bank's Assistant Vice President and Community Development Officer Beth Ann Fetzer, a Newtown resident, who participates in the Foundation grant application process, and Bank President and CEO Hal Wibling. "Our mission is to strengthen communities by providing grants to organizations that are vital to the well-being, growth and prosperity of the communities in which we live and work.” said Wibling.
Newtown Friends of Music is in its 34th season of presenting exquisite music – superbly performed on the stage of Edmond Town Hall. The next three concerts are scheduled for February 12th, March 11th and April 1st.
All concerts take place on Sundays at 3 p.m. Detailed information on upcoming artists, programs, ticket availability, school outreach news and volunteer opportunities can be found at www.newtownfriendsofmusic.org.