The Connection Centennial Campaign: The Foundation of Our Future

January 31, 2024

The Connection Raises $2.25M in Centennial Campaign

As her last official duty as Executive Director, Wendy Graeb, on behalf of The Connection’s Board of Trustees, has the honor of sharing the news of the successful close of the organization’s latest fundraising initiative, The Centennial Campaign: The Foundation of Our Future.

In a mere 18 months, Connection trustees, members, friends, and corporate partners contributed over $2.25M in support of the campaign’s initiatives, which included bolstering The Connection’s Scholarship and Endowment Funds, a refurbishment of the building’s indoor shared spaces, and the installation of two modern and accessible playgrounds. This total includes a $150,000 match from The Reeves Foundation which, through a challenge grant, brought in over $600,000 for capital projects alone, which are slated for installation in Fall 2024.

We are thrilled with the community’s support of the campaign, and the tangible forms of our shared values,” notes Campaign Chairwoman, Erika Melchiorre. “This historic campaign allows us to make both immediate and lasting impacts through these investments. Thank you to our Campaign Committee members, Jayne Graepel, Ursula Hartwig-Flint, Julie Lanzone, Nora Radest, and Maria Williams for their dedication and leadership, and to all who contributed to the campaign’s and The Connection’s success.

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