July 2, 2012 | last updated July 2, 2012 8:05 am
Nonprofit notebook

Camp Challenge Ride sets ambitious goal

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Contributed Photo
Jasmin Floyd, 19, helped kick off the Camp Challenge Ride campaign with stories of her time at the Hole in the Wall Camp in Ashford. Pictured are, from left, James Wakim, president and chief operating officer of The Simon Konover Co.; Ed Kindelan of J.H. Cohn; Barrie Deschaine of KBE Building Corp.; Jasmin Floyd; Doris Konover; Simon Konover; Louis Schatz of Shipman & Goodwin; and Ken Alberti, director of development for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

The Simon Konover Co. kicked off its Camp Challenge Ride fundraising campaign by announcing a target of $100,000 for the annual charity cycling event to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp located in Ashford.

The goal is an ambitious one marking the camp's 25th anniversary. Since 2009, Team Simon Konover and its partners have raised over $222,000 for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. A majority of this money was raised through the Camp Challenge Ride, a family-friendly cycling event with multiple route options including a physically challenging 100 km route through the rolling hills of northeastern Connecticut.

Team Simon Konover is comprised of employees of the West Hartford real estate company and business associates who support and participate in the Camp Challenge Ride. Team Simon Konover strategic partners include Shipman & Goodwin LLP, KBE Building Corp., J.H. Cohn LLP, the Beedle Family and Waterford Group LLC.

Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing "a different kind of healing" to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses.

Grants aid housing

The People's United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People's United Bank, has awarded $15,000 to Corporation for Supportive Housing in Hartford.

The nonprofit partners with communities throughout the country to create permanent affordable housing with services to prevent and end homelessness. It provides loans, grants, training and technical assistance to supportive housing providers, affordable housing developers and government agencies.

Established in 2007, People's United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People's United Bank serves.

Regional grants

Community Health Charities of New England Board of Directors approved the distribution of over $7.8 million to their member health charities and those designated by both the State Employees' Campaign and Combined Federal Campaigns which Community Health Charities of New England manages.

The biggest recipients of this allocation include American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Heart Association, Alzheimer's Association and Easter Seals. Community Health Charities of New England funds its 55 different member health organizations based on employee designations.

The nonprofit partners with communities throughout the country to create permanent affordable housing with services to prevent and end homelessness. It provides loans, grants, training and technical assistance to supportive housing providers, affordable housing developers and government agencies.

Quinnipiac nursing grant

A $50,000 grant will allow Quinnipiac University to provide scholarship money to five students traditionally underrepresented in nursing.

The grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing will be awarded to students in the School of Nursing's accelerated nursing program in five $10,000 scholarships. This is the second such award for Quinnipiac's accelerated nursing program. Fast-track programs allow individuals from non-nursing disciplines to enter the nursing profession in 12-18 months.

73 Wells Fargo grants

Wells Fargo team members celebrated the bank's Connecticut Community Week by presenting $73,000 in grants to local nonprofit groups. From June 25 to June 29, store managers personally presented $1,000 checks on behalf of Wells Fargo to a non-profit of their choice.

Last year in Connecticut, Wells Fargo donated $1.5 million to local nonprofits and our team members logged more than 8,965 volunteer hours. Also, in 2011, Wells Fargo provided approximately $400,000 in Community Partner grants to a diverse group of grassroots organizations across Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Nationally, Wells Fargo is one of the top 10 corporate givers in the U.S. In 2011, the company donated more than $200 million to 19,000 nonprofits for the fourth consecutive year.

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