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  • Community Foundation Releasing $4 Million To Victims

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation announced April 9 the release of $4 million to be disbursed by an interim advancement committee to 40 families most severely impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The 40 families are those of the 26 victims, the families of 12 surviving children from classrooms directly involved in the shooting, and the families of two people injured in the tragedy.

  • OneRepublic Raises $100,000 For Sandy Hook School

    On December 15, members of the Colorado Springs rock band OneRepublic took to the web, so touched by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown one day earlier, that they wanted to do something about it. Beginning with their own $20,000 donation, the band continued to raise funds and recently delivered a check to the town for $100,000.

  • A Pragmatic Approach To Fund Disbursement

    To the Editor:

    In the New York Times on March 24th, Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “this will be a thankless job”, in regards to disbursing the $10.2M fund collected by the United Way.

    First, I would like for Mr Rogers to publicly apologize to all the people who donated to that fund for his insensitive remark.

  • Amid Calls For A National Victims' Fund, Local Officials Say Give Newtown A Chance

    Supporters of a "National Compassion Fund" are looking beyond the efforts of Newtown officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, who want to see the largest victims' fund amassed following the 12/14 tragedy kept under local control. While eight families have signed on supporting an idea to create a nationally administered infrastructure to administer funds following future disasters, only one survivors' family member has criticized the local United Way fundraising initiative.

  • Town’s 12/14 Fund Swells, Foundation Poised To Staff Distribution Panel

    While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks.

  • Fund Needs To Detach The Strings From Victims’ Money

    To the Editor:

    Cristina Lafferty-Hassinger, daughter of the Sandy Hook principal lost in 12/14, spoke out in an March 6, 2013 Danbury News-Times article, of her frustration with how the United Way of Western Connecticut is distributing the monies from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which News-Times reported to now be at $10 million. Key issues were the delay in getting funds distributed and requiring “proof of hardship.”