Wasser­man foun­da­tion awards $110K in grants

The News-Times - - NEWS - By Ju­lia Perkins

NEW­TOWN — A foun­da­tion cre­ated in honor of a late state law­maker has granted $110,000 to sev­eral lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The Ju­lia Wasser­man An­i­mal Wel­fare Fund gifted money to the Dan­bury An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety, New­town For­est As­so­ci­a­tion and more.

Wasser­man was a long­time New­town res­i­dent and for­mer state rep­re­sen­ta­tive who died in 2015 at 91.

The fund was cre­ated in part­ner­ship with the Fair­field County’s Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion be­cause of her pas­sion for an­i­mals and giv­ing back.

“It was so re­ward­ing to help the stew­ards of Ju­lia’s legacy, who were in­tent on find­ing the best way to per­pet­u­ate her phi­lan­thropy, cre­ate a fund at Fair­field County’s Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion and uti­lize our phil­an­thropic ser­vices to ac­com­plish her wishes,” said Nancy Tartaglia, a di­rec­tor with Fair­field County’s Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. “Phi­lan­thropy can be am­pli­fied for many gen­er­a­tions when a donor ad­vised fund sets pa­ram­e­ters for you to give back in ways that are im­por­tant and sig­nif­i­cant to you and your fam­ily.”

Boots and Bud­dies, Con­necti­cut

4-H Foun­da­tion, Dan­bury An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety, New­town For­est As­so­ci­a­tion, and Wildlife in Cri­sis will re­ceive the money.

Wasser­man es­caped Nazi Ger­many as a teenager and later joined the U.S. Women’s Army Corps, serv­ing as a cap­tain in the Med­i­cal Ser­vice Corps dur­ing the Korean War.

She was elected to the state Leg­is­la­ture in 1990, a po­si­tion she held un­til 2008. She also served 10 years on the New­town Leg­isla­tive Council,

10 years on the New­town Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion and six years on the Fair­field County Soil and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict.

Wasser­man Way, a road in New­town, is named for her.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

A foun­da­tion started in honor of the late Ju­lia Wasser­man, a for­mer state Rep. from New­town, has given $110,000 to lo­cal an­i­mal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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