10th An­niver­sary of Neil and Louise Til­lot­son Fund to be Cel­e­brated With Free Events

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

Neil and Louise Til­lot­son made the North Coun­try their home. And their legacy is help­ing make it a bet­ter home for others. 2016 marks the 10th an­niver­sary of the Neil and Louise Til­lot­son Fund, which has awarded $34 mil­lion in grants in North­ern New Hamp­shire, Ver­mont and South­ern Québec for com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ef­forts aimed at help­ing to re­vi­tal­ize the re­gion.

Through­out Oc­to­ber, the Neil and Louise Til­lot­son Fund will spon­sor free com­mu­nity events across the North Coun­try and in Ver­mont and Québec - from pan­cake break­fasts to con­certs - to cel­e­brate the Til­lot­sons’ legacy of gen­eros­ity and the good work it makes pos­si­ble.

Neil Til­lot­son built nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies that em­ployed thou­sands of peo­ple in the re­gion and far be­yond. When he died in 2001, he left the bulk of his as­sets for char­i­ta­ble pur­poses. In 2006, Louise Til­lot­son created the Neil and Louise Til­lot­son Fund at the New Hamp­shire Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion. The fund is one of the largest per­ma­nent ru­ral phi­lan­thropies in the coun­try, and is po­si­tioned to sup­port the re­gion in per­pe­tu­ity.

In 10 years, the Neil and Louise Til­lot­son Fund has made hun­dreds of grants — and the Til­lot­sons’ legacy is ap­par­ent: small busi­nesses are get­ting sup­port and cre­at­ing new jobs, ac­cess to health care is se­cured and im­proved, young chil­dren are get­ting high-qual­ity early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and a new sys­tem is in place co­or­di­nat­ing com­pre­hen­sive ser­vices for those chil­dren and their families, lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­grams for adults and kids are strength­en­ing com­mu­ni­ties, arts venues are re­fur­bished and thriv­ing, nat­u­ral re­sources are pro­tected — and so much more.

“These in­vest­ments rep­re­sent the prom­ise that Neil and Louise Til­lot­son made to their beloved North Coun­try,” said Richard Ober, pres­i­dent and CEO of the New Hamp­shire Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion. “A prom­ise of stronger com­mu­ni­ties and a thriv­ing econ­omy so ev­ery res­i­dent has the op­por­tu­nity to suc­ceed. We are hon­ored to stew­ard the vision of Mr. and Mrs. Til­lot­son.”

All are in­vited to a se­ries of free com­mu­nity events cel­e­brat­ing Neil and Louise Til­lot­son’s legacy of gen­eros­ity. All events are pre­sented in part­ner­ship with busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions that have ben­e­fited from Til­lot­son Fund sup­port. Please re­serve tick­ets in ad­vance where ap­pli­ca­ble. Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6, 7-9 pm Free en­try to Foresta Lu­mina, Parc de la Gorge de Coat­i­cook, Québec, Foresta Lu­mina is a night-il­lu­mi­nated, mul­ti­me­dia trail that wan­ders through the Parc de la Gorge. Free en­try for res­i­dents of the M.R.C of Coat­i­cook, Québec; Coös County, NH; and Es­sex County, VT. Please bring your ID. Learn more at fore­sta­lu­mina.com Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8, 1-10 pm Free en­try to Les Amis du pat­ri­moine St-Venant-de-Pa­que­tte, Québec Bring the fam­ily and en­joy a full day of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a po­etry walk­ing tour and con­cert at this cul­ture and her­itage cen­ter. Learn more at amis­du­pat­ri­moine.qc.ca

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