2024 Annual Reception Recap, Video and Photo Gallery

The Valley community came together May 15th to celebrate new funds and a shared hope for long-term prosperity in the Valley.

The Valley Community Foundation's President & CEO Sharon Closius speaking to guests at the 2024 Annual Reception. Tina Marie Photography

On May 15, 2024, Valley Community Foundation (VCF) celebrated its 20th Annual Reception, marking a significant milestone in VCF’s history. Held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Shelton, the event brought together more than 155 elected officials, community leaders from area nonprofits, and dedicated supporters for an evening of reflection, celebration and forward-looking initiatives.

Among the guest speakers were VCF's President and CEO, Sharon Closius; the retiring President and CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, William W. Ginsberg; and the Mayor of Shelton, Mark Lauretti, each of whom provided insights into the ongoing and future potential of community philanthropy in the Valley.

Photo Gallery

View photos of the event taken by Tina Marie Photography.

This year's reception was particularly special as it provided VCF with the opportunity to showcase the 2023 Annual Report, which highlights the remarkable achievements of the past year, including the establishment of nine new funds. These funds, ranging from donor-advised to scholarship funds, are set to significantly enhance the scope of VCF’s impact across the Valley. 

Video Recordings

Watch video segments of the evening. Videography by Glenn Andrew Productions.

The evening also allowed VCF to emphasize the theme of "Valleyness," a new concept introduced in the Annual Report that encapsulates VCF’s vision of fostering community cohesion and long-term prosperity in the Valley. 

The discussions and presentations throughout the night resonated with the attendees, inspiring them to continue their support and participation in VCF’s efforts. By spotlighting both new and ongoing initiatives, the event reaffirmed VCF’s commitment to being a pivotal force for good in the community and set a hopeful tone for the coming years as it continues to serve and uplift the Valley region.

Annual Report

VCF released its 2023 Annual Report: Forward. Together. Forever... The 32-page report details the past year’s grantmaking, donations and the new funds established by Valley residents and organizations.