On Friday, July 1, family, friends, retired and current teachers, and members of the Bristol community came together to celebrate what would have been Sandy Caggiano’s 75th birthday. The event was held at newly constructed riding pavilion at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center in Bristol.
The birthday celebration was an opportunity for the Caggiano family to share stories and memories of Sandy with both those that knew her as well as those that had never met her. The event also helped showcase two very important community organizations in Bristol – Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center and the Family Resource Center at South Side School.
Sandy Caggiano was a teacher who worked in the Bristol school system for 30 years. She truly cared about her students and their families and was affectionately known as “Mama” to those close to her. After a battle with cancer, she passed away on April 20, 2010. To honor her memory and all that she cared about, the family of Sandy Caggiano has established the Mama Sandy Caggiano Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to support the Family Resource Center at South Side School.
In a press release, the Caggiano family thanked and acknowledged all who attended as well as donated to the Mama Sandy Caggiano Fund – especially Greer’s Chicken, Maple End Package Store, Bob Kayan, and the staff of both Shepard Meadows and the Main Street Community Foundation for their support and assistance in holding this event to honor Sandy Caggiano.
“This event was truly a community collaboration – it took many people along with local businesses and organizations to enable us to bring everyone together to remember my mom on what would have been her 75th birthday. She instilled in all of us, the importance of giving back to the community and this event was a way for my family and I to give back in her memory. We are very pleased with how many people attended to honor our mother,” said Dawn Nielsen, Sandy’s oldest child, in a press release.
The fund will provide an annual grant to the Family Resource Center at South Side School located in Bristol to support children and families serviced by this program.
Linda Rich, Director of the Family Resource Center at Southside School attended the event and spoke to the attendees telling them that she was so touched and moved that a Bristol family would set up a fund that would benefit other families in Bristol to honor their late mother. “I never met Sandy, but know through her family that she was committed to giving back to her community and have instilled this in her children, who along with their dad have set up a fund at the Main Street Community Foundation to benefit the families in need through the Family Resource Center at Southside School. I am so touched am moved by their generosity,” said Rich in a press release. “I am excited to partner with this great family to support children and families here in Bristol,” she added.
To learn more or to donate to the Mama Sandy Caggiano Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation, visit the Main Street Community Foundation website at www.mainstreetfoundation.org.