Hartford public school students won't miss out on the magic of the Connecticut Science Center when it opens in late 2008, thanks to the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation of Avon.
The foundation has graciously donated $100,000 to the center. The contribution will cover the admission fee, for at least two years, for virtually every Hartford child who visits the center with his or her class. What makes the gift noteworthy is that it reflects the foundation's utilitarian approach to philanthropy and its singular commitment to assist the residents of the city.
Last year, for example, when 25 Hartford youths were denied paychecks by a local nonprofit after working all summer cleaning the streets, the Patricelli foundation came through with a $3,000 contribution. Established in 1997, the foundation, named after health executive Robert E. Patricelli and his wife, has also supported computer training programs, homeownership programs, gospel concerts at The Bushnell and basketball clinics. Mr. Patricelli is also a trustee of the science center.
As Hartford's children move forward, their progress will in no small part be attributable to a helping hand from the Patricellis.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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