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Friday, March 9, 2012

Milford Chamber of Commerce Trust Awards $1,750 in Mini-Grants to Local Students

The Milford Chamber of Commerce Education Committee chaired by Scott Moulton of Capital Management Group is pleased to announce they are awarding 6 Student Mini Grants totaling $1,750 to various students in Milford for community projects. He noted that the criteria for the awards are that the projects ‘have to be personally rewarding and demonstrate a benefit to the Milford community. The applicants must submit an application that includes a business plan, including a budget, produce their products and then make a presentation to the committee upon the completion of the project in the spring.”

Abbey Guerino of Lauralton Hall and 18 members of the Milford Girl’s Volunteer Organization are awarded $250 for her project entitled, “Lap Blankets for WheelChair bound Seniors”. Their group of 24 students will be producing the lap blankets by hand and presenting them to residents of West River Nursing Home and Milford Senior Center Aherns Program.

Alison Rainer of Foran High School along with members of the Milford Girl’s Volunteer Organization is awarded $250 for “Helping Hands”. This project will help produce dinners at the Beth El Shelter. They will be visiting veterans on Veteran’s Day, have a flag ceremony, sing patriotic songs and produce red, white and blue containers that contain sugar free candy write poems and make holidays cards for soldiers overseas.

Nicole Fernous of Foran High School and Milford Girl’s Volunteer Organization, with the help of 18 other students will make and distribute, and sell pies for the benefit of the AIDS patients and their families in New Haven County. Their project is entitled Pie in the Sky and they will be awarded $250.

Sara O’Shea and Ashtyn Tortora of Foran High School are creating “Teen Clothes Closet” and will be awarded $250 for their project. They will be providing clothing to local youth free of charge.

Brenna Williams of Harborside Middle School along with 6 other students have been awarded $250 for their “Circle of Friends” Project. They are starting a club to include students with special needs to build friendships through activities.

Katie Sabo and 9 other students of Harborside Middle School have been awarded $250 for a “Butterfly Garden” at Milford Senior Center. The students plan to plant flowers to make the outside environment more enjoyable for the seniors.

Lawelden Warren of Foran Law High Scholl will receive $250 award to fund the Taking Action Project. This project is to help raise awareness of bullying and to teach students to have respect for one another.

These awards are made annually by the Milford Chamber of Commerce and can be applied to by middle and high school students in the fall of every year. Applications will be on the website next fall for anyone wishing to apply.

The mission of the Milford Chamber of Commerce is to be a visionary leadership organization dedicated to serving the needs of our member businesses, fostering economic growth, and improving the quality of life in Milford, CT and the surrounding region. For more information contact: Kathy Alagno, President & CEO at 203-878-0681 or email


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