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A Message from the President

A Message from the President
Q. Walter Peabody - Thu Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:27AM
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Dear Friend,

2016 was a year of firsts for the Q. Walter Peabody Foundation. We were excited to explore some new initiatives, both in terms of fundraising and philanthropy, as well as to continue our annual fundraisers and awards.

This spring we hosted a new fundraiser - a family-friendly Easter Egg Hunt! We are grateful to the Franciscan Life Center for letting us use their property for the hunt, and to Thompson Chocolate for donating all the chocolate for the event. We had a great turnout and look forward to continuing this new tradition in 2017.

A second new fundraiser was our Holiday Wreath sale, made possible by the generosity of Casertano Greenhouse and Farm. We hand-delivered wreaths to each person who purchased one and were grateful for the many donations given to support all of our scholarships and grants! The holiday spirit was also strong (supported by all those mojitos and margaritas) at our new Eddie's Sombrero restaurant event. It was great to see so many members of the Peabody family just a few days before Christmas. A very special thank you to all those who participated in these events, and to Casertano Farms and Eddie's Sombrero for their outstanding support.

We continue to have steady success with our restaurant fundraisers too. Our annual Avanti benefit and new Eddie's Sombrero benefit are easy ways for community members to support the Foundation (while enjoying a delicious meal!). Thanks to all who continue to join us for these fun events!

Each of these fundraisers helps us raise vital funds in which to give back to students in Meriden. This year we were pleased to award the Zachary Weston Memorial Scholarship to Platt Salutatorian Edwin Roman. A new philanthropic venture was our sponsorship of the OH Theatre Company, a group created by young Platt Alumni who are dedicated to bringing more theatrical productions to Meriden. The Peabody Foundation helped finance their first production, "I am an Emotional Creature." We were excited to support the arts in a new way and to create ties with another similarly-minded organization.

We are also currently in the middle of a Peabody Fine Arts Grant award cycle. We will award up to $500 to students from any Meriden high school to support a creative endeavor. Unfortunately, we have historically had few applicants for this award, so if you know of a student who might be interested in music lessons, art supplies, equipment, etc., please have them apply for funding by January 13th.

As always, we are indebted to you for your generosity and kindness. Whether you donate regularly, attend a restaurant event, or simply like and share our Facebook updates, your support helps us reach new audiences and support more students. Thank you for being a part of our community. We could not do it without you!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year.

Luciano Racco

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