Community will benefit from new fund
Therecently formed Tillotson Coaticook Region Fund gave out its first grants to local community organizations during a cocktail evening held in Coaticook on June 5th. Over $64,000.00 was donated to fifteen different organizations in Coaticook, Stanstead, Ayer’s Cliff, Dixville, Waterville, St-Hermenegilde, Compton and St.Malo, thanks to the generosity of entrepreneur Neil Tillotson, who died in 2001.
The following organizations received money from this foundation: Coaticook MRC’s Carrefour loisirs, $1000 and $5000; Ayer’s Cliff Elementary School Breakfast program, $1000; Sancta Maria School in Dixville, $1,500; Coaticook Lions Club, $2000; l’Harmonie de Coaticook, $2000; Frontier Lodge, $5000 and $3000; Coaticook Nourri- Source, $3000; Ecole Notre Dame de Toutes Aides, $5000; Coaticook Minor hockey, $5000; Coaticook Bassinette and Layette, $5,700; Sunnyside Elementary Book Program, $7,500; Waterville’s La Perle Rare respite home, $7,500; and the Five Year Border Health Care Education Initiative, $10,000.
The members of this new foundation’s committee are president Michael Everett, Jackie Bernais, Judith Bolduc, and Jim Crook. There are also two American representatives from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation of Neil and Louise Tillotson on the committee, Tom Deans and Ben Gayman.
“We have about $120,000 to award annually and we will be giving out grants twice a year,” explained Mr. Everett. The projects that are considered are those that help improve the lives of the young or seniors. For more information or to request an application form, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the fall donations is October 1st, 2012.
Michael Everett presenting a cheque to Rebecca McKelvey of Ayer’s Cliff Elementary School for their breakfast program last Tuesday in Coaticook.
Successful businessman Neil Tillotson, who died in 2001, wanted most of his wealth to be donated to good causes.