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Newman’s Own Foundation “Challenge Grant” Leads to $227,000 in Donations for WSHU Public Radio

By WSHU Public Radio

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Fairfield, CT - A challenge grant from Newman’s Own Foundation inspired 745 WSHU Public Radio listeners to donate $76,353 in a single day of on-air fundraising recently. In total, well over $227,000 was raised in support of the station, making June 26th one of the most successful, single days of on-air fundraising in WSHU history.

“This endorsement by Newman’s Own Foundation inspired so many listeners in our community to pledge their support,” said WSHU General Manager George Lombardi. “We are so very grateful to the Foundation both for their commitment to WSHU, and for maximizing the power of their generous challenge.”

Newman’s Own Foundation provided a $75,000 challenge grant to WSHU, and suggested that WSHU leverage the donation two-for-one. Other generous community partners and individuals matched the $75,000 grant, including: Netherby Advisors, the Kathryn P. Koslow Center for Marriage and Family Therapy, Elizabeth Stauderman, Marianne Crew, Leadership Circle members from Setauket, Cindy Knuth, Dennis and Maureen Jackson, a Family Foundation on Long Island, WoodenBoat Magazine, Lime Rock Park, Robinson + Cole, the Broadcast Society Member Fund and the Leadership Circle Member Fund.

The challenge grant, pre-drive matching dollars, and donations made during the June 26th on-air drive combined to yield $227,446 in support of WSHU.

“Paul Newman believed that the independent voice was critical in making our world a better place,” said Robert Forrester, President of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are proud to continue his support of WSHU, a public broadcasting station that consistently provides relevant, quality programming to our local community.”

The money raised will be used to pay for the NPR News, classical music, and unique entertainment that WSHU broadcasts.

Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation turns all profits from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. Since 1982, more than $400 million has been given to thousands of nonprofit organizations worldwide.

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