The late Leo Nevas, a 71 year Westport resident, and his long-time pal, Paul Newman, have joined forces again, even though neither is still around. Nevas died at 97 in 2009. Paul Newman was 83 when he died in 2008. But their legacies are intertwined, because on June 11, Nevas's family and friends presented Achievement First Bridgeport Academy with the first grant from the Leo Nevas Memorial Fund. The fund was established at the Fairfield County Community Foundation by Newmans Own Foundation, Paul Newman's charitable entity. Achievement First, founded in 1998, runs two charter schools in Bridgeport.
Leo Nevas had a huge impact as an international human rights advocate, philanthropist, community leader and attorney. He also helped Paul Newman launch Newmans Own and the Hole in the Wall camps. Leo Nevas worked tirelessly to promote philanthropy both at home and abroad, said Bob Forrester, president of Newmans Own Foundation. He was particularly invested in educational opportunities for all students." The Nevas Foundation grant will provide scholarships to ten Achievement First students, and book purchases for the library.
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