May 20, 2012

Farmington Teen's Performance Group To Host Petit Family Fundraiser

An "Arts From The Hearts" Concert fundraiser benefiting the Petit Family Foundation will be held on June 19th at the Farmington Community/Senior Center.

This is actually the second such concert benefit of it's kind honoring the Foundation and the charitable lives of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela Petit, all of whom were murdered in a tragic home invasion in Cheshire in July 2007.

The two men responsible have finally both been tried and sentenced and they will remain in prison for the rest of their lives. In the meantime both the Petit and hawke extended families are focusing their attention and efforts to the wealth of Good works done by the Petit family foundation created in the wake of the crimes by William Petit Jr wife of Jennifer and father to Hayley and Michaela.

 Dr Petit managed to survive the crimes after suffering serious head injuries. Once a lead endocrinologist in Plainville he now spends his time organizing and running the Family Foundation which has helped serve victims of violent crime including partner violence, as well as people suffering from chronic illness such as Multiple sclerosis which Jennifer Petit was diagnosed with 10 years before her death. 

The Foundation also provides scholarship funds to deserving youngsters in need with a focus on women in the sciences, though not exclusively so..  In the four years since its inception, the Petit Foundation has hosted well over a dozen major events raising an inordinate amount of money that has helped hundreds of persons in need.  Their events have included an annual 5K run that has over 3000 participants from all over the State and beyond, two annual "Rides For Justice",  a motorcycle cross Rally and Fair as well as a Golf  Tournament which has also become an annual event.

The foundation is also involved with less ostentatious projects that cumulatively have raised substantial sums for many worthy charities and causes. Included in the plethora of beneficiaries and sister charities are" Jane Doe no more" a sexual assault support group founded in Connecticut, and the Susan B Anthony Project, which benefits victims of partner and domestic violence. Within this realm of the Foundation  work was a large contribution subsidizing a new much needed Domestic Violence Shelter In New Britian Connecticut!

Visiting the Petit non profits website one can Donate directly or volunteer time and talents. There is a full listing of all of the Petit Family Foundations  endeavours, as well as recipients and awards that the organization has garnered throughout its 5 year history.


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