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Business Notes, February 20, 2022

LAKEVILLE — Crescendo, the Lakeville-based music organization founded in 2003, is honored to have received two operating support grants from the Connecticut Cultural Fund, totaling $24,500.

The first grant, in the amount of $12,500, is the operating support grant for the CT Cultural Fund. This support was provided to Crescendo by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts, Connecticut State Legislature. A total of $16 million in grants has been awarded to more than 624 nonprofit organizations, including Connecticut museums and historical societies, as well as cultural, human and arts organizations.

The second grant, in the amount of $12,000, is general support for the operation of theaters and artists’ groups by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, with support from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development. The Connecticut Office of the Arts has provided up to $3 million in general operating support grants to support Connecticut’s nonprofit arts organizations (theaters and performing groups) in pursuing their mission of programs and performances for the public.

The grants are designed to help these organizations recover from the pandemic and to provide them with support to continue to build their capacity to serve their communities.

These grants will allow Crescendo to maintain the momentum it started with Crescendo At Home, its new online series, according to a statement. This will also allow the organization to hire more artists for its upcoming live performances. Videos of new filmed performances and archival materials are produced to reach new audiences.

Crescendo Founder and Artistic Director Christine Gevert said, “The support we are receiving with these two grants is invaluable, and it comes at a perfect time for us, helping us take our online presence to the next level. These videos of our recent and past concerts and talks will amplify our web presence, serving our audience now that many are not comfortable returning indoors for live concerts. It will also help us introduce our unique American, Latin American, European and Chinese music to a new audience of viewers here and around the world.

Gevert founded Crescendo 19 years ago in Lakeville. For more information on Crescendo, visit

New Fellows Elected to the Connecticut Bar Foundation

HARTFORD — A group of 22 people were recently elected as members of the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s James W. Cooper Fellows program, according to Timothy Diemand, president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Fellows are nominated by their peers based on their outstanding service to the profession and the wider community, and are elected by the CBF Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to recognize our new Fellows for their distinguished service to the legal profession and for their commitment to the principles of equal justice and the rule of law,” Diemand said.

The Scholars Program is now in its 27th year. The goal of the James W. Cooper Fellows program is to promote a better understanding of the legal profession and the justice system among Connecticut citizens, and to explore ways to improve the profession and the administration of justice.

Programs developed by the fellows include multiple speaker series, symposia, panel discussions, mentorships, a high school essay contest, and a fellowship for recent law school graduates. For more information on these and other scholarship programs, go to

In addition to attorneys in private practice, the panel consists of judges from the United States Court of Appeals, judges from the United States District Court, judges from the Supreme, Appellate and Superior Court of Connecticut, corporate attorneys, attorneys for nonprofits and legal services agencies, and government attorneys. . The program also includes law school deans, former law school deans and professors, past and current leaders of the Connecticut Bar Association and other bar associations, and current and former leaders of the government.

The 2022 Fellows are: Kathryn Bissonnette, Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP; Edward J. Bryan, Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP; Patrick Caruso, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut; Arthur T. Corey, Connecticut Bankers Association; Glenn M. Cunningham, Shipman & Goodwin LLP; Deirdre M. Daly, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP; Jodie L. Driscoll, Murtha Cullina LLP; Victoria T. Ferrara, The Ferrara Law Group, PC; Vaughan Finn, Shipman & Goodwin LLP; Sandi B. Girolamo, Flaherty Legal Group, LLC; Carolyn Ikari, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut; Pamela M. Magnano, Flaherty Legal Group, LLC; Hon. Carla Nascimento Zahner, Connecticut State Judiciary; Eboni S. Nelson, University of Connecticut School of Law; Sonia Pedraza, Travelers; Stacy Smith Walsh, Travelers; Richard L. Street, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP; Hon. Beverly K. Streit-Kefalas, State of Connecticut, Office of the Probate Court Administrator; Oscar L. Suarez, Halloran & Sage LLP; Don Therkildsen, Jr., Waterbury State Attorney’s Office; John Tucker, Connecticut Attorney General’s Office; and the Hon. Omar Williams, United States District Court, District of Connecticut.

The program is named in honor of James W. Cooper, who served as CBF President from 1973 to 1975 and made a generous bequest to CBF. He also served as president of the Connecticut Bar Association from 1957 to 1958. In 1982, attorney Cooper received the Charles J. Parker Award for Distinguished Contributions to Legal Services for the Poor. He taught at Yale Law School from 1930 to 1932 and was a senior partner in the firm of Tyler, Cooper and Alcorn in New Haven.

The Main Street Community Foundation seeks candidates

The Main Street Community Foundation invites non-profit organizations serving Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and/or Wolcott to apply for grants through its competitive General Grants cycle. The Online Grants Center is accessible through the Foundation’s website, www.mainstreetfoundation.organd includes the application, full guidelines, and eligibility criteria.

The application deadline is March 25 at 4 p.m. Funding will be awarded to, but not limited to, charitable projects in the areas of art and culture, community development, education, environment and animal welfare, health, social services, maintenance of sports grounds. and youth development.

Interested organizations should contact Kate Kerchaert, Director of Grants and Programs, or another member of the grantmaking team at 860.583.6363 for a preliminary discussion at least 7 business days before the deadline.

The Main Street Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for present and future generations in the communities it serves by encouraging and promoting gift planning, prudent asset management, effective grantmaking and leadership. community. A not-for-profit public charity, set up by private citizens, the foundation works with donors in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott who wish to build permanent charitable endowments to support their communities. Since its inception in 1995, the foundation has provided more than $23.4 million in grants and scholarships.