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CFMC Honors Local Businesses

August 8, 2016 • Events,Pressroom
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Local Leaders, Local Legends 2016

Local leaders group photo July 27, 2016, Wadsworth Mansion. Front Row: Sarah Cody (Fox61), Rosario “Riz” Rizzo, Liz Shulman, Gail Morris, Cindy McNeil-Sola, Lynda Hunnicutt, Bernadette Jones, Laura Pedersen, Linda Bradshaw, Sharon Griffin, Deb Moore. Second Row: George “Sonny” Whelen, Dave Shulman, Bob Shulman, Andy Morris, David Director, Marc Levin, John Biddiscombe, John Bradshaw, Biff Shaw.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is fortunate to be surrounded by Good People Doing Great Things.”  Every day the Community Foundation is reminded that everyone in the region truly cares about their friends and neighbors and where they live, work and play.

This spring the Community Foundation asked for nominations of those individuals, organizations, or businesses who should be recognized and thanked – our community’s Local Leaders, Local Legends.  The Community Foundation asked members of the community to think about those they believe go above what would be expected. The Corporate Supporter award highlights organizations that make a difference every day, Continue Reading »

Bully-Free Communities Spotlight Award Application

May 17, 2016 • Pressroom
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The Community Foundation of Middlesex County and its Council of Business Partners is pleased to announce the Bully-Free Communities Spotlight Award to be given to Middlesex County schools that encourage students, faculty and staff to stand together for change and stand up to mean-spirited behavior. The award opportunity is for programs implemented at K-12 schools in the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook. Continue Reading »

Bully-Free Communities Spotlight Awarded to the Ivoryton Playhouse and to Broadway Actor Douglas Lyons

May 17, 2016 • Pressroom
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Polka Dots at Ivoryton Playhouse

Cast of Polka Dots gives high fives to their audience.

Douglas Lyons Signs Antibully Pledge

Broadway actor Douglas Lyons signs Anti-Bully Pledge at Ivoryton Playhouse

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) recently presented the Bully-Free Communities Spotlight Award to the Ivoryton Playhouse and to Broadway actor Douglas Lyons for their work in creating and presenting educational productions that foster positive, healthy behaviors and attitudes among young people. The recipients were recognized at the April 11 world premiere of “Polkadots:The Cool Kids Musical,” which was co-conceived and written by Lyons and performed at the Playhouse for over 1400 elementary school students from Clinton, Chester, Deep River, Essex, Middletown, and Portland, in addition to the general public. The CFMC Council of Business Partners Fund, a donor advised fund started in 2009 by a group of local business owners in support of school-based anti-bullying initiatives, in partnership with other organizations, provided financial support for the production and, when necessary, bus transportation for the school systems. Continue Reading »

2015 Bully Free Rally Highlights

November 1, 2015 • Events,Pressroom
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On October 21, 2015 (Unity Day), the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and its Council of Business Partners hosted the second annual Rally for Bully-Free Communities. Close to three hundred students, teachers and partners from across Middlesex County and around the region attended the event. The students participated in team building activities led by Empower, The First Tee of Connecticut, and Rushford. Donny Marshall, Campaign Spokesman, encouraged everyone to be an UP-stander, not a bystander.

Check out the students standing together for bully-free communities:          (thanks to our many photographers on site, including Cobi O’Connell, Jane Raunikar, EMPOWER)

The Campaign for Bully-Free Communities includes the following partners with the CFMC Council of Business Partners:  Connecticut Association of Schools; EMPOWER; The First Tee of Connecticut; LiveKind; Donny Marshall; Rushford, a Hartford Healthcare Partner; and iCRV Radio.

The bully-free website provides other free resources including ideas to host your own rally or sign our pledge.

Two Bully-Free Award Winners Announced at the October 2015 Rally

October 22, 2015 • Events
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Over 300 participate in Campaign for Bully-Free Communities Rally; Chester Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown receive $500 Grants.

Middlesex County students, educators, business owners and civic leaders came out in numbers to rally for bully-free communities at the Empower Leadership Sports Center in Middletown on October 21, in recognition of Unity Day and National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Organized by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) and its Council of Business Partners, the Campaign for Bully-Free Communities Rally included team building activities, guest speakers and the presentation of the inaugural Bully-Free Communities Spotlight Award before a crowd of an estimated 300 people. Awards, with a grant of $500 each, were presented to Chester Elementary School, located in the town of Chester, and Woodrow Wilson Middle School located in Middletown. Campaign spokesperson and former UCONN/NBA basketball star Donny Marshall was also recognized for his individual contribution and dedication to the cause.

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CFMC Council of Business Partners members Dave Shulman and Liz Shulman on Better CT

October 16, 2015 • In the News: TV and Radio,Pressroom
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Did you catch Dave Shulman and Liz Shulman of CFMC Council of Business Partners on Better Connecticut? They were talking about the Campaign for Bully-Free Communities and the 2nd annual Rally:

WFSB Better Connecticut

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