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Terrapin Foundation and Ken Hays join Mayor Finch to Celebrate Ground-Breaking for the All-Access Playground at Beardsley Park

Terrapin Foundation and Ken Hays join Mayor Finch to Celebrate Ground-Breaking for the All-Access Playground at Beardsley Park

8/3/2015 – TODAY: Mayor Finch Celebrates Construction on New All-Access Playground in Beardsley Park (1:00 p.m.) “It’s important to ensure that all of our children have access to the same opportunities. This new playground, which has been a collaborative effort from the start, will provide a fun, safe and inclusive environment for kids and families of Bridgeport to enjoy.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch WHO: Mayor Finch, City Council members, Isabell Richardson, community leaders. WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for new all-access...

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2014: “Rex Jam” Fundraiser for Kid’s Music Education at Gathering of the Vibes

2014: “Rex Jam” Fundraiser for Kid’s Music Education at Gathering of the Vibes

We teamed up with the Rex Foundation during moe.’s set for a “Rex Jam” at Gathering of the Vibes this year. Terrapin Foundation volunteers, under the leadership of  Terrapin Foundation President Wendy Gniady, served as money collectors amongst the crowd, and the total amount collected was matched by both Vibes and the Rex Foundation. When all was said and done, $4,500 was raised to benefit local non-profit KEYS (Kids Empowered By Your Support) who provides music instruction for kids without the financial means to...

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2014: Annual “Toys for Tots Holiday Spectacular” to Benefit Yale Children’s Hospital – New Haven, CT

2014: Annual “Toys for Tots Holiday Spectacular” to Benefit Yale Children’s Hospital               – New Haven, CT

Terrapin Foundation joined forces with the kind and generous band Kung Fu once again to coordinate the toy collection for the 4th Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Spectacular at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. This year, the bands performed two sold-out shows on Dec 19th and 20th, and toys rolled into the Terrapin Foundation toy collection table! Fans bringing toys received both half-price admission and a raffle ticket for a chance at tickets to three different music festivals! Kudos to Gathering of the Vibes, Catskill Chill, and Discjam...

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2014: Terrapin Foundation Poster Contest for the Food Drive at Gathering of the Vibes

2014: Terrapin Foundation Poster Contest for the Food Drive at Gathering of the Vibes

2014 Food Drive Poster Contest Winner is Joel Descheen! Congratulations, Joel! We work throughout the year at community music events to assist shelters in our community with feeding and clothing those in need.  We rely on donations received from the annual Gathering of the Vibes to help greatly with this mission.  Each year we sponsor a poster contest to motivate everyone to remember to bring food donations to the festival for donation to the CT Food Bank to help families in need. Keep your eyes open in springtime 2015 for our next poster...

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2014: Terrapin Foundation & Gathering of the Vibes Food Drive

2014: Terrapin Foundation & Gathering of the Vibes Food Drive

Gathering of the Vibes Non-Perishable Food, Personal Hygiene Products, and Clothing Drive 2014 marked another epic response to our call for donations from the VibeTribe.  Over the course of the weekend, festival attendees brought in a total of 8,575 lbs. of donations (8,051 lbs. of food and personal hygiene products and 524 lbs of new or gently used clothing.) In addition to this, food vendors and Gathering of the Vibes chipped in an additional 600 lbs. of non-perishable food and perishable food and water. Food banks are more than just...

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July 2014: Remington Beach Cleanup at Seaside Park, Bridgeport CT

July 2014: Remington Beach Cleanup at Seaside Park, Bridgeport CT

Calling All Volunteers! For the fourth year in a row, the Terrapin Foundation held our annual beach clean up day at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. With the help of our dedicated volunteers, we cleaned up the beach area along Soundview Drive, loading dozens of garbage bags with glass, plastic bags, beer cans, and we even found a tire. Keeping our neighborhoods and our environment clean and safe is an important part of the Foundation’s mission. According to the EPA marine debris has a negative impact in several ways. Environmentally it is...

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2013 – 2014: Mike Potashnick School of Rock Scholarship Distribution – Bridgeport, CT

2013 – 2014: Mike Potashnick School of Rock Scholarship Distribution – Bridgeport, CT

In partnership with the School of Rock, Terrapin Foundation instituted the Michael J. Potashnick School of Rock Scholarship in late June of 2013.  We’re thrilled to have  awarded music education scholarships to deserving young students in our community over the past year.  These students received music camp scholarships or music lessons at the School of Rock in Fairfield, CT.  We’re very excited to continue this scholarship program and look forward to identifying area students in need to receive music camp scholarship awards...

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Dec 2013: Third Annual Toys-for-Tots Holiday Spectacular

Dec 2013: Third Annual Toys-for-Tots Holiday Spectacular

Terrapin Foundation and Gathering of the Vibes joined forces with Kung Fu, the Stepkids, Twiddle, and Norrin, on Saturday, December 21, to host the 2013 “Holiday Spectacular” for a sold-out crowd at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. The bands rocked, everybody danced, and by the end of the night, over four large toy bins and multiple plastic sacks were filled with donations and ready for Santa’s sleigh. Fans were asked to bring a new, unwrapped gift for Toys-for-Tots, and Terrapin Foundation collected and brought the toys...

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2012: Terrapin Foundation & GOTV Food Drive Poster Contest!

2012: Terrapin Foundation & GOTV Food Drive Poster Contest!

Congratulations to Rebecca Rouse for winning the 2012 poster contest for the Terrapin Foundation & Gathering of the Vibes Non-Perishable Food, Personal Hygiene Product and Clothing Drive. Rebecca’s poster received the most votes amongst the eight finalists and the most votes overall. Every person that donated at least 20 items towards the Food Drive (except Ramen – 5 Ramen packets counted as 1) received a high-quality print of this poster, as well as our undying gratitude. Please join us in congratulating Rebecca! Congratulations...

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July 2011: New Splash Pad for Kids Donated to Luis Marin Park in Bridgeport, CT

July 2011: New Splash Pad for Kids Donated to Luis Marin Park in Bridgeport, CT

Today there is a new addition to Luis Marin Park in Bridgeport to help people cool down on hot summer days. A new splash pad was unveiled at the park, courtesy of The Terrapin Foundation and Gathering of the Vibes. The children running around and dodging sprays of water with smiles on their faces on the east side of Bridgeport prove the splash pad is creating a fun vibe in the park. “It’s not easy to host the Vibes in one way. We have the greatest park in the world maybe, but for a week we share it with 30 thousand people who come...

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