January 14, 2013
Nonprofit notebook

Bioscience Connecticut receives first donation

Photo | Eric Wallis/UConn Foundation
Photo | Eric Wallis/UConn Foundation
Jane and Richard Lublin of Avon have become the first major donors to Bioscience Connecticut.

Richard and Jane Lublin of Avon have donated $250,000 in support of Bioscience Connecticut initiatives at the UConn Health Center, the first philanthropic grant for the program.

In recognition of the couple's generosity, the UConn Health Center will name the new waiting room in the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center in their honor.

“We believe it's important to give what we can to support UConn's continued growth,” says Richard Lublin.

Through Bioscience Connecticut, a new state-of-the-art Ambulatory Care Center is being built at the UConn Health Center. The Ambulatory Care Center will be the new home for the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, including radiation oncology and the revolutionary TomoTherapy Hi-Art treatment system.

Construction on the Ambulatory Care Center is slated to begin later this year, and the building is expected to open in 2014.

Jane Lublin is owner and president of Tree House Designs, an interior decorating company. Richard Lublin was an attorney in the Hartford area for 30 years. After retirement, he became a successful television and film actor. He serves on the advisory board at the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Lublins' past gifts include more than $1 million in commitments toward cancer research.

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Grants target housing

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded grants totaling $715,000 to three nonprofit agencies in support of their short-term and longer-term housing assistance strategies.

Hartford-based Immaculate Conception Shelter and Housing Corp received $174,000 to support a minimum of 20 additional clients at its shelter and up to 60 men in the City of Hartford's overflow shelter.

The Salvation Army of Greater Hartford received $321,000 to continue services in the Marshall House Homeless Prevention Program and to provide a no-freeze shelter for up to 23 families in Hartford.

My Sisters' Place received $220,000 to continue rental and security deposits to clients transitioning to permanent housing.

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Tax credit for housing

The Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund received $350,000 from Purdue Pharma L.P. to support its Workforce Housing Program, which is focused on creating affordable and stable housing in New Haven.

Purdue Pharma's contribution will support the creation of as many as 30 housing units for New Haven workers earning less than the area median income. Additionally, the foundation has dedicated 60 percent of the funds to serve households earning less than 80 percent of the AMI ($65,000 for a family of four).

The contribution from Purdue Pharma was made through the State Housing Tax Credit Contribution Program after the foundation was awarded $500,000 in tax credits by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.

Purdue Pharma L.P. is a privately held pharmaceutical company founded by physicians more than 60 years ago.

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In brief

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain provided $50,000 in holiday grants to 22 food pantries and shelters in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington that collectively provide more than 137,000 meals per month … Webster Bank raised a record-setting $1.27 million through its recently completed 2012 Employee Community Campaign for the United Way. The amount raised makes Webster one of Connecticut's largest contributors to the United Way. The money will go to more than 40 United Way chapters and more than 100 United Way partner agencies across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Westchester County, N.Y. … The ABB Foundation has donated $10,000 to Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. The donation to the youth mentoring organization was initiated by Donell Jackson, an environmental compliance project manager at ABB in Windsor and a “Big Brother” with Nutmeg since 2006. ABB produces power and automation technologies. The ABB Group operates in around 100 countries and employs approximately 145,000 people, including about 100 people in Connecticut … Charter Oak Federal Credit Union in Groton has donated $6,300 to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, including The New London Community Meal Center, Inc. and The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London; Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality Inc. in Mystic; Norwich Human Services in Norwich; Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic; Care & Share of East Lyme, Inc.; and Friends of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson… Recently, a team of volunteers from Cigna's U.S. Individual Business arrived at Hartford's Village of Families and Children with cleaning supplies and paint brushes in hand?they even did windows. The effort was part of Cigna's annual United Way Campaign Day of Caring in which 500 of Cigna's Connecticut based employees volunteered in their communities.

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