Grant Award Presentations / Ruegg Grant
Jo Fuchs Luscombe, Community Services Director of the Westport Womanâ€™s Club, announced the names of the 2012 Grant Award Recipients at a breakfast on May 18th.
Grants were awarded to 31 local nonprofit organizations including: A Better Chance, Breast Cancer Emergency Aid, Builders Beyond Borders, CancerCare for Kids Program, Cardinal Sheehan Center, Caroline House, Center for Women & Families, Child & Family Guidance Center of Bridgeport, Childrenâ€™s Connection, Christian Community Action, Circle of Care, CLASP Homes, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, ElderHouse, Families in Need Fund (DHS), Family & Childrenâ€™s Agency, Friends of the Center for Senior Activities, Hall-Brook Behavioral Health Services, Home Delivered Meals, Homes with Hope, Kids Empowered By your Support, McGivney Center, Mercy Learning Center, Positive Directions, Project Go (DHS), Project Return,Senior Client Needs (DHS), Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Star, Inc., Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield, Westport/ Weston Family Y.
Funding for these grants is obtained through fundraisers such as the Yankee Doodle Fair, the â€śWaiting in the Wingsâ€ť Cabaret Series and proceeds from the Curio Cottage Thrift Shop.
This year’s Awards Ceremony included the Westport Womanâ€™s Club Ruegg Grant in the amount of $5,000 which was presented to the Westport/Weston Family Y by Rose Jordan, Ruegg Grant Committee Chairperson and accepted by Family Y CEO Rob Reeves. The Ruegg Grant will be used to purchase a Pool Lift for the Y swimming pool, located at the Mahackeno Outdoor Center. The lift, which is in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, will enable physically challenged individuals, both children and adults, to enter and exit the pool independently.
The Ruegg Grant, established in 1995 by an endowment left to The Westport Woman’s Club by former member Lea Ruegg, which may be given annually to deserving organizations in the arts, education, and health and safety related programs.
The Westport Womanâ€™s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. For further information on club activities, visit www.westportwomansclub.org