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CRT’s 50th Anniversary Gala

CRT’s 50th Anniversary Gala Honorary Co-chairs

Community Builders Helping Us Celebrate

Eric Coleman, Connecticut State Senator
State Senator Eric D. Coleman began serving the Second Senatorial District in January, 1995 before serving in the State House of Representatives from 1983 to 1994. Sen. Coleman was instrumental in helping CRT with many projects including the creation of the Generations Campus community that houses grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. In addition, a CRT Head Start Center in Bloomfield bears his name to honor his dedication to high quality early care and education.
Elsa Nuñez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
In August 2012, Dr. Elsa M. Núñez began her seventh year as president of Eastern Connecticut State University.  Dr. Núñez has forged closer ties with the local community, led a campus-wide strategic planning process and shepherded the openings of new centers and facilities that have taken the university to new heights. Prior to joining Eastern, Dr. Núñez had more than 20 years of experience as a senior administrator in higher education in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York.
Mark Maselli, President/CEO, Community Health Center
Working with a small group of other Wesleyan University students and community activists, Mark Maselli founded Community Health Center, Inc. as a Free Clinic in 1972. He has taken leadership roles in many other Middletown health and human service initiatives, including New Horizons Battered Women’s Shelter, Nehemiah Housing Corporation, and Oddfellows Playhouse. He served on the Board of the Community Action for Greater Middlesex County before that organization merged with CRT in 1999.
Mark Kennedy Shriver – 50th Anniversary Gala’s Keynote Speaker

Father’s Legacy Instrumental in the Creation of Community Action

CRT was proud and honored to have Mark K. Shriver serve as the 50th Anniversary Gala’s Keynote Speaker. 
Mark leads Save the Children's U.S. Programs, which works to ensure a fair start for all children in the United States, including the nearly one in four living in poverty.  Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child in America to have a safe and vibrant childhood.
He is also the son of Sargent Shriver, who is credited among many accomplishments as the architect of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” initiatives that led to the creation of community action agencies. Mark credits his father’s life as an inspiration and guiding force in his life. Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.
50 Years of Community Renewal Team

Looking back on the past helps us prepare for tomorrow

In the summer of 1962, five prominent groups in Hartford set down a path for action around the idea of human renewal in local communities. After incorporating in 1963, CRT was born out of a grassroots movement into a community action agency—one of the first in the country.
Since these early days, CRT has worked closely with local officials, providers, private funders and the public to address challenges such as hunger, homelessness and unemployment. Together we have increased access to education, affordable housing, and mental health services. For 50 years, CRT has grown steadily while maintaining its commitment to positively changing lives and creating opportunities for individuals and families throughout Central Connecticut.
As 2013 marks our 50th anniversary year, we invite our partners as well as community members, businesses, groups and organizations to celebrate our accomplishments and set the stage for our road ahead


Supports Housing for Aging Veterans

CRT thanks all who made our 50th Anniversary Gala such a success. For half a century, CRT has helped the communities of Central Connecticut address tough issues such as hunger, housing, health, education, employment, safety, and cultural connection.
Proceeds of the Gala will support Veterans Landing, an affordable assisted living residence which CRT is building in Newington, CT for low and moderate-income veterans and their spouses. This will be one of the first developments of its kind in the nation!
Keynote speaker was Mark Kennedy Shriver, son of Sargent Shriver, the architect of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, which led to the creation of community action agencies, as well as Head Start, VISTA and many other vital programs.