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On the eve of November 19, among 200+ nonprofit partners, community leaders and friends, The Community Foundation excitedly celebrated its 85th anniversary.

"Turning 85 could make one feel old," remarked  Foundation president Will Ginsberg.   "But in this proud, old community, in the City of New Haven’s 375th year, where Yale University is in its fourth century, where Clifford Beers Clinic held a year-long 100th birthday fete this year and this great theater [the Shubert] will join the centennial party next year, 85 actually begins to feel maybe not-so-old.  So at The Foundation we ask ourselves: are we eighty-five years old this year, or eighty-five years young? For The Community Foundation, this question has particular resonance, for in a very real way The Foundation exists to refashion the commitments and aspirations of prior generations to meet the challenges of today and create the opportunities of tomorrow. Everyday, in our work, we draw on both the experience that comes from being eighty-five years old and the exuberance that comes from being eighty-five years young."

Throughout the evening, guests were treated to songs by Music Haven's String Quartet (pictured above) and the Greater New Haven Community Chorus - Chamber Choir. Highlights of the evening included a short video presentation (below), expounding on The Foundation's What Inspires You? campaign. The video depicted inspirational stories of individuals and organizations working with The Foundation to create a stronger community.

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