On Sunday, October 16, nearly 100 generous Foundation donors and friends joined The Madison Foundation (TMF) Board of Directors at the Winter Club in recognition of the Foundation’s 20 year anniversary.  The upbeat gathering provided a forum to showcase the Foundation’s important contributions to the community, and thank those generous community-minded donors and fund sponsors.  There was much to celebrate, including the Foundation recently crossing a significant threshold after the disbursement of more than $1 million back to the Madison community.

Ct State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda presents a proclamation to The Madison Foundation President Leigh Higgins.
Ct State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda presents a proclamation to The Madison Foundation President Leigh Higgins. More photos here.

The Madison Foundation President Leigh Higgins welcomed the group and served as master of ceremonies in a brief formal program that reinforced the Foundation’s very proud past and promising future as Madison’s community charitable trust. Over the past 20 years, through the generosity of many, the Madison Foundation has supported the town of Madison and its residents. From an early grant to support a new clock on Main Street, to supporting the Greenway Trail, to numerous scholarships for college bound students, to camp tuition assistance, to a Madison Hose Capital Improvement fund, to food bank assistance and fuel assistance funds, the Foundation is there for the community. Ms. Higgins noted that while TMF may be small in comparison to other community foundations, it is extraordinary.  Currently, the Madison Foundation has nearly $1 million in assets and 45 active funds that continue to grow as TMF evolves as a steady anchor in our community.

Subsequent speakers included Maureen “Mo” Dalton — the event’s Honorary Chair, founder with her late husband, Peter, and a 10-year board member — who shared memories of the Foundation’s early years and challenged her daughters and the next generation to be inspired to carry on the legacy of cherishing our community giving, and to carry out the Foundation’s mission to “make Madison a better place to live, both now and in the future, by encouraging giving and matching those gifts to the needs of the community.”

Ms. Dalton introduced fellow founders Laurie and Jack Heflin and Jack and Helen Davis. Laurie Heflin next shared her devoted affiliation with the Foundation and Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), which is the largest and most well known of TMF’s funds.  N2N has quietly improved the lives of literally hundreds of Madison families. Next Dave Kuehler, a donor and former board member, passionately spoke about the Student Art’s Endowment fund he started at Daniel Hand High School to enhance the arts curriculum and enable innovation.  And finally, long-time board member and past president David Allen provided an overview of the Heritage Fund, the foundation’s legacy fund that enables future giving and inclusion of future contributions to Madison in estate plans.

Ms. Higgins extended a sincere and special appreciation to the Foundation Founders, Board Members, and the event sponsors:  The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, The Guilford Savings Bank, April and David Allen, Maureen Dalton, Laurie and Jack Heflin, and The Madison Foundation Board of Director event friends, as well as event friends Renee and Carvin Pallenberg, Dee and Tom Mulqueen of Hammonasset Package Store, and Mason, DiMarco and Shaw CPA.

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