First Night Worcester receives $8,000 grant

July 6, 2012

WORCESTER _ The Greater Worcester Community Foundation awarded an $8,000 grant to First Night Worcester bringing its cumulative support to the organization in excess of $170,000 since 1998.

“The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is the only multi-interest, multi-donor endowment fund dedicated to the well-being of Worcester and the region. We are able to provide more than $1.5 million annually through our discretionary grant program, in addition to $4 million in donor advised awards,” according to Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s President & CEO Ann Lisi. “First Night Worcester is a treasure for bringing people together in the heart of the city to enjoy and participate in the arts. It gives you even more reason to love living and working here in the community. Our Foundation grant supports the necessary core operating staff costs to manage volunteers, broker the artists, and foster creative partnerships with schools and others.”

First Night Worcester has been organizing consecutive annual events since 1981 and is the second oldest First Night celebration in the country. As a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, First Night Worcester is completely funded by the financial and in-kind support of Worcester community businesses, foundations and individuals. It also relies on the sale of buttons for financial support.

“During these difficult economic times, having the support of organizations such as the Greater Worcester Community Foundation enables us to continue to present one of the longest standing, 31-year celebrations in the country,” said First Night Worcester Executive Director Howard McGinn.

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July 6th 2012 by FNW
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