The Distribution Committee of the Cuno Foundation began 2019 by awarding over $137,000 in grants to organizations in and around Meriden. Ten non-profit organizations from Meriden and Wallingford were awarded grants. Gaylord Hospital received a $75,000 grant, payable over three years, that will allow for patient room updates and upgrades through a multi-year grant. Eliot White, Chairman of the Distribution Committee, commented, “Many of these rooms were built in the 1950’s, ‘60’s, and ‘70’s. When each patient wing was built it was state-of-the-art for its time. But state-of-the-art has changed. Approximately 99 rooms will be renovated and will include advanced medical equipment and technology.”
Other recipients included: AAUW, Ed Wash Little League, In a Heartbeat, Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven, Masters Manna, Meriden Farmer’s Market, Meriden Project Graduation, Middlesex Community College Foundation, and the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford.
Kenneth W. Mango, a Distribution Committee member for over 30 years was replaced at the January Annual Meeting by an appointment from the Mayor of Meriden who appoints two members of the seven member panel. Each member serves a term of seven years. Sanford Bruce is Mango’s replacement and will serve until January 1, 2026. Other members include: Kevin Curry, appointed by the Mayor of Meriden; Eliot White, appointed by the Chamber of Commerce; Chris Beale, appointed by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association; Natalie Cheerman, appointed by the Trustee of the Cuno Foundation; and, John Stanton, appointed by the Judge of Probate Court. Trudy Cotton is elected by the Distribution Committee.