Manchester Community College, with the support of local residents Anthony G. and Paula Viscogliosi, staged two important events earlier this month that helped reach fundraising goals needed to launch the Viscogliosi Entrepreneurship Center successfully.
The events included a VIP reception at the historic Philip Cheney Mansion at 50 Forest Street, Manchester, and a ribbon cutting with guest entrepreneurs Tom and Kate Chappell, who founded Tom’s of Maine and Ramblers Way Farm, at the Manchester Community College Arts and Education Center at 903 Main Street. Together these raised more than $109,000 for VEC programs.
The funds raised will contribute to educational programs and networking opportunities.
“The Viscogliosi Entrepreneurship Center will help provide students and small businesses owners with the support they need to help strengthen our economy and create good-paying jobs with good benefits right here in Connecticut,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “I commend Paula and Anthony Viscogliosi for their gracious donation and encourage the community to take advantage of this invaluable new resource.”
The VEC is also supported by a gift by the Viscogliosis, whose international experience as accomplished entrepreneurs, visionaries and philanthropists have led them to Manchester, where they work with local organizations in arts, education and entrepreneurship.