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Westport Woman's Group Gives $10K to The Levitt

Westport's Levitt Pavilion received a super gift from the Westport Young Woman's League: a $10,000 Super Grant that will be used as seed money to support a family performance at the Pavilion. The proceeds of that performance will go toward a campaign for a new Pavilion.

The grant, awarded Tuesday night, is part of the league's 2010-11 Super Grant process in which 35 local charities submitted one-page proposals explaining how their organizations would use the $10,000.

In December, the league narrowed the application pool to three semifinalists: Westport's Levitt Pavilion, Bridgeport's Caroline House and Bridgeport's Cardinal Shehan Center. After representatives from each presented their ideas to the League on Tuesday, members voted for a winner.

"The $10,000 Super Grant process affords the WYWL the ability to have a major impact on one nonprofit agency and the people they serve, even in challenging economic times. Levitt Pavilion will be a great steward of this grant," Candace Banks, chairwoman of the Ways and Means program, said in a statement.

But this is just the beginning, Banks said. Over the next two months, dozens of additional charitable grants will be awarded.

The league, a nonprofit philanthropic organization committed to promoting a sense of community through volunteerism, social activities and fundraising for local charities, awarded about $70,000 to 45 nonprofit agencies located in Westport, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Stamford last year.

Since its inception in 1955, the league has donated nearly $4 million, more than half of which was distributed in the past decade.

Photo identification : From left, Westport Young Woman's League Ways and Means Chair Candace Banks, league President Madeline Monde, Levitt Pavilion Marketing and Communications Director Carleigh Welsh, Levitt Pavilion Executive Director Freda Welsh and league VP Kristin LaFleur.

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