Tunxis Community College Foundation

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Tunxis Community College Foundation raises funds to provide support for the students, programs and services of the College.

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2014 Economic Conference in Review

james_smithTunxis Community College Foundation held its annual Economic Conference fundraising breakfast on October 9 at the Farmington Club. The breakfast, which raised over $50,000 to benefit Tunxis students, was made possible through the Foundation’s generous donors, including lead sponsors Stanley Black & Decker, Pratt & Whitney and Webster Bank. The keynote speaker, James C. Smith, chairman and CEO of Webster Bank, spoke on “What Connecticut Can Do to Begin Growing Again.” In his comments, Smith offered up his prescription for some of the steps Connecticut should take to get its own financial house in order and encourage business and employment growth.

“This year’s topic was very thought-provoking and appropriate in light of the upcoming gubernatorial election,” said Chuck Pagano, Tunxis Foundation Board president. “Best of all, the Foundation benefited from the generosity of its sponsors and donors which will help dozens of Tunxis students.”

2014_economic_conferenceGuest speaker and Tunxis Community College student Herbert Browne IV, a Foundation scholarship recipient, spoke about his aspirations and goals in life, and shared the story of his family’s financial struggles, reflective of the lives of so many Tunxis students. He went on to explain how the financial support he received from the Foundation helped change his life. “Unfortunately, life gets in the way and some students, like me, acquire debts that hinder their progress. It is up to the person to decide if that is going to stop them,” said Browne. “The reason I work so hard is because I am tired. I am tired of seeing my mom work over 60 hours a week and still struggle with her bills. I’m tired of my dad worrying about the cost of his heart medicine. I’m tired of money being an obstacle between where I am and where I want to be.”

Browne’s story is just one of many that are made possible from the funds raised at the Economic Conference. The Foundation is here to help students, just like him. Browne, who is majoring in marketing, plans to graduate next year and move on to a four-year college. To thank Smith and Webster Bank for their support, Pagano announced that the Foundation was creating the Jim Smith/Webster Bank scholarship which will benefit two Tunxis students, totaling $3,000 over two years for each. All of the Foundation’s scholarships are granted in May at the annual Scholarship Awards Night.

For those who were not able to attend the conference, the Foundation is still accepting donations to benefit students of Tunxis through programming and scholarships.


One Scholarship Changes a Life

Mit Patel is forever grateful to the anonymous donor who provided a scholarship that will pay for his entire education
at Tunxis. Patel is majoring in Engineering Science and plans to transfer to the University of Connecticut after he graduates with his associate degree.
Patel said, “The financial assistance that this scholarship has provided me will allow me to concentrate more of my time on studying.” Patel also said that this gift has inspired him to help others and work hard to make his donor proud.

A Dynamic Duo Retires From Tunxis and Brings Light to the Foundation

BencivengoMary Bencivengo and Ruth DeLeo have worked at Tunxis Community College for over five decades combined! Both retired this past June, but their parting gifts, totaling close to $13,000, will help Tunxis students pursue their dreams. In honor of their retirements, donors and well-wishers gave close to $3,000 to the Mary Bencivengo Allied Health Scholarship and general fund, which included a celebration at Hawk’s Landing Country Club on May 28 for the two retirees.
A few weeks later, Bencivengo presented the Foundation with another check for $5,000 that was collected for her retirement, a gift that she and her husband agreed to match for her scholarship fund. This was great news for the Foundation and allied health students at Tunxis.
Bencivengo served at Tunxis for 36 years, most recently as division director of the allied health department. She helped raise thousands of dollars for the Foundation during her tenure, most of which was used for allied health and dental hygiene students in need. “The Foundation is important because it supports students’ scholarly endeavors, academic programing and encourages learning beyond the classroom,” said Bencivengo. “It also gives the College a window of opportunity to engage with our community which is essential to its mission.”
“Students are always my first concern. They are why we are all here,” said DeLeo, an administrative assistant for the allied health and dental hygiene departments, who had worked at Tunxis for 25 years. “The Foundation is all about helping students complete their education through the scholarships itawards.” Bencivengo and DeLeo are now volunteering for the Foundation.

2012 Economic Conference Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor – $10,000


Platinum Sponsor – $5,000

Pratt & Whitney

Stanley Black & Decker

Gold Sponsor – $2500

Barnes Group

Clinton Roberts Foundation

Computer Recycling USA

D’Amato Construction

ebm-papst, Inc.

Chuck Pagano

The Hartford


Silver Sponsor – $1,000

Cathryn Addy, Ph.D.

The Associated Construction

Ericsson Television, Inc.

Facilities Engineering Associates, Inc.

Farmington Bank

First Bristol Federal Credit Union

New England Bank

Gene F. Prentiss & Company, P.C.

Plan Properties

Thomaston Savings Bank

Attorney Sal Vitrano

WFSB Channel 3

Bronze Sponsor – $500

Dr. Charles Bencivengo, DMD

Bristol Hospital

BVH Integrated Services

The Camera Company


Fourslide Spring and Stamping, Inc.

HLW Architects & Engineers

The Investors Center, Inc.

Lockton Benefit Group

Tracy-Driscoll Insurance & Financial Services

Webster Bank

Business Card Ads

Attorney Cheryl Johnson


Tunxis Community College Student Union

Yarde Metals

John Smith


Presdient Sal and Lombella

Foundation President, Sal Vitrano, Students Andrew Albert, Eric Doughty and Tunxis President Dr. James Lombella