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Back to the Vineyard: An Incredible Fall Festival!

October 6, 2022 - On a beautiful fall evening in the height of the fall foliage season in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, the Cornerstone Project had our most successful Fall Festival fundraiser ever, netting just over $18,000!  At the Hopkins Vineyard, in Warren Connecticut, near the shores of Lake Waramaug, the Cornerstone Project hosted our Sixth Annual Fall Festival.

Fine restaurants from the area, the Goodnews Café, Mix Prime, Johns Cafe of Woodbury, The New Morning Natural food market of Woodbury, The Pantry of Washington Depot, the Owl of New Preston and Thorncrest Chocolates of Goshen, and Master chef Doug Williams, all donated their finest dishes to compliment the wines being showcased by the vineyard. Smooth Jazz was on tap featuring Bentley Lewis on Jazz guitar.

A delightful evening was enjoyed by all and featured a silent auction and live auction along with informative discussions about the school with Martine Nolletti the founder of the Cornerstone Project and marketing consultant turned Auctioneer for the Event, Jamie Rude.

As we know, education is the great equalizer, and the Nambale Magnet School has done much to change the lives for very many students and improve the lot of the entire community as a result. The Nambale Magnet School has become a formidable economic stimulus for the entire community in its educating children and providing employment and selling goods from the school’s farm.

Currently, the Kenyan government is in the process of changing its curriculum to increase its focus on science and technology. The that end, the goal of this year’s fund raiser was to raise funds to replace the aging computers of the school. Additionally, the fund raiser was intended to supply the school’s new science lab with fixtures and supplies. 6 new computers were donated as well as $3000.00 for sets of beakers, microscopes, petri dishes and other scientific equipment!

We share a great deal of gratitude with all the attendees that gave so generously on this beautiful evening.

If you are interested in assisting with assisting with new computers or science equipment, it is not too late!  Please go to our donations page and select Sustained Giving. You may specify your designated gift or for continual support, become a monthly sustaining donor. These recurring gifts allow the Cornerstone Project to fund and forecast projects throughout the year.

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