Friday, October 30, 2009

Buttonwood Receives Grant from Liberty Bank

submitted by: Anne-Marie Cannata
The Liberty Bank Foundation has graciously awarded a $2,000 grant to
North End Arts Rising, Inc. for the Food Not Bombs food sharing
program which happens Sundays at The Buttonwood Tree on the corner of
Liberty and Main Streets.

It is with great honor and privilege that NEAR, Inc. accepts this
grant from Liberty Bank Foundation to support this worthy program.
Food Not Bombs offers freshly-prepared vegetarian dishes and
fellowship to anyone who wants it. They often have fresh fruit &
vegetables for folks to take with them and when it rains or snows we
move inside, sometimes sharing some music.

Shortly after 1997 when NEAR, Inc. had found it's new home in the
renovated Arriwani Hotel (formerly the Arrigoni Hotel and the March
Inn), a generous and kind-hearted Wesleyan student named Charles
LeGuerre brought Food Not Bombs to The Buttonwood Tree's front porch.
Being both a dedicated volunteer to the bookstore and FNB, Charles
made the decision to share the meal with others at the very place we
do today. This meal sharing program has served countless people over
the years and has joined people from many walks of life.

Those who have a compassion for others are welcome to join us as Food
Not Bombs prepares food at First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street,
Middletown around 11:30 am every Sunday.

The Liberty Bank Foundation has been a supporter of North End Arts
Rising, Inc. for many years and in many ways. We know that their
hearts are with us as they award this funding to support all of us who
seek to aid the hungry of our community.

submitted by:
Anne-Marie Cannata
Executive Director N.E.A.R., Inc. /
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
605 Main Street / PO Box 71
Middletown, CT 06457 / 860-347-4957

(Neale Donald Walsch)

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