Graham Foundation's 2011 giving tops $60,000
The Westport based Graham Foundation of Connecticut awarded more than $60,000 in grants to non-profit organizations during its 2011 fiscal year, the foundation announced.
All of the money was awarded to Fairfield County arts, health-care, educational and social-service groups during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the foundation said in a news release.
The Westport Country Playhouse received the largest sum, $20,000 for educational-outreach programming and development. The money supported education programs for school children, literacy initiatives and other pursuits, the foundation said.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center received the second largest amount, $10,000 to help fund its exhibit "BRAVO! A Century of Theatre in Fairfield County." The five-month program chronicled the history and legacy of regional theater in southwestern Connecticut.
Other grant recipients included: American Cancer Society, New England Division, $8,125 to support a quality-of-life center in Norwalk; Fairfield Rotary "Follies Foundation," $7,058 for marketing of high school performing-arts programs; The Courage to Speak Foundation, $5,000 for development of a drug-prevention curriculum in schools; The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County," $5,000 to repair the facility's elevator.
Also: Friars Foundation "Wounded Warriors Program," $12,500; Giant Steps School, $5,000; SoNo Dance Co., $3,000; St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Stamford, $1,000; Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, $1,000; Our Companions Homeless Pets, $1,000.
The foundation is named in memory of Peggy and Robert "Red" Graham, who for 25 years volunteered to emcee charitable fundraising activities for charities across the country. Red Graham was owner of Minuteman Travel, which operated in Westport for more than 50 years.