Community news: Local firm donates to West Hartford Food Pantry

YHB Investment Advisors Inc., based in West Hartford, recently held an office-wide peanut butter collection for the West Hartford Food Pantry.

The Jewish Association for Community Living will be participating in local philanthropist, Henry Zachs’ Endow Hartford 21.

Endow Hartford 21 is a new matching gift endowment program, initiated by the Zachs family and supported by other lead donors who believe in the nonprofit community across Greater Hartford. The 1:2 match seeks to inspire donors to give generously to support the longterm future of the organizations they love. One donor can make gifts to as many organizations as they choose, with the understanding that a donor is also defined as a household. A gift made to any organization will qualify for a match only if the annual gift to that organization has also been made.

Endowing the Jewish Association for Community Living’s future is the next step to ensuring that they are able to provide lifelong supports to West Hartford residents with developmental disabilities. The match is available until June 30, 2022. Anyone interested in making a gift to JCL’s endowment, may contact Sarah Winiarski at swiniarski@jcl-ct.org or 860-522-5225 ext. 2239.

The West Hartford Library is hosting several programs in the coming days.

“The Call of Kilimanjaro” will happen at 6:30 p.m. on July 27. Based on his memoir, “The Call of Kilimanjaro,” author, adventurer and TV host Jeff Belanger will take participants on a multimedia journey of Tanzania.

“A News Literacy Workshop” will be at 6:30 p.m. on July 22. This interactive workshop lets participants explore how to be a savvy news consumer online and on social media. Participants will learn about relevant and pressing topics including the spread of misinformation and disinformation.

Please register for these programs on the library’s website.

Greta Magendantz, of West Hartford, is among the five new freshmen recipients of the Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund. This is the ninth class of the award and includes the five incoming freshmen, as well as the 15 current college students who first received the award when entering college.

Each scholarship is $1,500 and can be renewed for the students’ sophomore, junior and senior years if they maintain a solid academic record.

Magendantz graduated from Hall High School and will be attending Northeastern University this fall to study English and political science.

Magendantzearned The President’s Volunteer Service Award, and was president of the Westmoor 4-H Club and her school’s National Honor Society, captain of the track and field team and an All-Conference Shotput Thrower. She participated in her high school’s Comedy Improv Troupe and Unified Theater, and earned the 2020-21 American Legion Award and the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing.

The Joe Lieberman Connecticut Scholarship Fund received 502 applications in 2021 from students attending 164 high schools in 141 Connecticut cities and towns.

The review and evaluation of applications was completed by a selection committee at Scholarship America, based on factors including academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and career and educational goals and objectives. Financial need is not considered. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and have a record of community service.

To be eligible, students must be high school seniors who reside in Connecticut and received their high school education here, plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a record of community service, and be United States citizens or permanent legal residents.

Applications for the 2022 scholarship will open in February 2022 and close in April 2022.

YHB Investment Advisors Inc., based in West Hartford, recently held an office-wide peanut butter collection.

Jessica Kott, a senior portfolio manager with the firm, had reached out to Nancy Stockman at the West Hartford Food Pantry to determine what food items were most in demand. Since a jar of peanut butter is distributed in almost every bag of food, YHB opted to focus on collecting peanut butter.

During the month of June, YHB employees contributed to a pyramid of peanut butter jars stacked in the office. In the first week of July, 63 jars of peanut butter were collected and brought over to the food pantry. YHB topped off their employee contributions with a cash donation.

Eastern Connecticut State University music student Samantha Warshauer, of West Hartford, is wrapping up an intensive five-week opera training program, La Musica Lirica. Traditionally held in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, the program has relocated to the Al. Ringling Theatre in Wisconsin due to the pandemic.

Warshauer is participating in the Young Artist Division, which is intended for advanced singers that are ready to begin a professional career as an opera singer and performer. The competitive program is led by world-class voice faculty and includes a mainstage production, weekly concerts, Italian language classes and private vocal lessons and coaching.

Warshauer is cast in two productions, “La Traviata” and “Suor Angelica,” and will participate in eight performances — four for each production.

All of the productions are in Italian.

Warshauer aspires to perform professionally as a classical opera singer.

Connecticut Media Group