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May 15 , 2000
Washington, CT ... Devereux Glenholme began in the 1960's when Jean White Van Sinderen donated her 110-acre country estate to the Devereux Foundation for the creation of a school where children could develop their unique potential. Through conversations with Helena T. Devereux, a pioneer in the field of special education, Mrs. Van Sinderen's vision of a unique school for children with special behavioral and learning needs became a reality. Since its founding in 1912 in Philadelphia, Devereux has emerged as one of America's premier providers of behavioral health care services. Glenholme, located on Sabbaday Lane in Washington, is one of more than twenty Devereux centers in twelve states and the District of Columbia.
Alfred W. Van Sinderen ensured that his mother and Miss Devereux's dream for Glenholme remained bright. Mr. Van Sinderen, former Chief Executive Officer of Southern New England Telephone Company, devoted countless hours and substantial resources to the school. Following Mr. Van Sinderen's death in 1998, Devereux Glenholme decided to name its first endowment fund in his honor.
A campaign for the Children of the Devereux Glenholme School --The ALFRED W. VAN SINDEREN ENDOWMENT FUND-- is a $1M campaign to provide long-term financial stability. Three priority areas will benefit from the income generated by this permanent fund: student financial aid, funding for enrichment programs, and support of faculty.
Campaign Committee co-chairs Georgia Middlebrook and Suzanne Van Sinderen are working with Sylvia Van Sinderen Abbate, Barry W. Fenstermacher, Bruce R. Glickman, Constance Rogers, Joanna Samson and Martha Zenowich.
The Honorary Committee includes U.S. Senators Christopher J. Dodd and Joseph I. Lieberman, U. S. Representative Nancy Johnson and Lieutenant Governor M. Jodi Rell. Advisors include Nan Birdwhistell of Woodbridge, CT, Jean Handley of Guilford, CT, Jean Van Sinderen Henry of Middlebury, CT, Katharine Van Sinderen Howe of Delray Beach, FL, and C. Newtown Schenck, III of New Haven, CT.
The campaign committee announces that the school has received lead gifts and pledges totaling $400,000 toward the $1 million goal. In addition to gifts of cash or appreciated stock, the school offers gift opportunities that provide lifetime income for the donor. Contributions to Devereux Glenholme, a not-for-profit organization, are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
For further information about the Alfred W. Van Sinderen Endowment Fund or the work of the Devereux Glenholme School, contact Richard C. Sears, Director of Development at the Devereux Glenholme School at (860) 868-7377.