Valley Community Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary and 2023 Achievements at 2024 Annual Reception

Gathering reaffirms position as a pivotal force for good in the community and commitment to serve and uplift the Valley region.

VCF President & CEO Sharon Closius at the 2024 Annual Reception, May 15, 2024. Tina Marie Photography


SHELTON, CONN. (MAY 15, 2024) -  The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) celebrated its 20th Annual Reception on May 15, 2024. More than 155 guests attended, marking a significant milestone in VCF’s history. Held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Shelton, the event brought together 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.

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. 

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.


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