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Resident Who Gives Will Receive

Westport resident Paul Sheldon finds it very rewarding to give. And though he never asks for anything in return, he will be rewarded by the Westport Weston Family Y Monday with recognition for his ongoing generosity.

The Wells Fargo Bank financial advisor recently gave the Y $1,800 to buy four flat-screen TVs for the cardio room at the Y’s Health and Wellness Center.

“When I do well in the stock market or am fortunate at the casino, I like to donate some of the money to the Y,” said the 64-year-old fitness buff. “I work out at the Y at least four or five times a week. It’s nice to give something back.”

The TVs are only Paul’s most recent donation. During the 17 years he has been a Y member, he has helped purchase a six-seat baby stroller for the Early Learning Program, an aquatics defibrillator and boxing equipment such as heavy bags, light bags and jump ropes.

And the new flat-screen TVs were replacements for TVs Paul helped purchase about 10 years ago.

But Paul’s generosity has helped the Y buy more than equipment. It has helped fund programs, too.

“The preschool childcare program was started in part because of one hit on a roulette wheel in Monte Carlo,”  Paul said, explaining how he’d won $500 Euros, roughly $700, on number 22, his lucky number. “In essence, I took money from the Prince of Monte Carlo and gave it to the Y.”

Though Paul gives to other organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Cancer Society, he said the Y is his philanthropy of choice.

“The Y is a very big part of life here in Westport,” he said. “And since I'm there so often, I like to give back once in a while. And it’s nice to see where the money I give goes.”

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