Glastonbury ABC Thank You Letter

Glastonbury, A Better Chance, a local nonprofit organization recently celebrated our 40th anniversary on May 30th. We have enjoyed tremendous support all these years from the community of Glastonbury. Your generosity and commitment is greatly appreciated and critical to the success and future of this important program. We look forward to sharing our journey with you well into the future.

We would like to acknowledge the some of the people who helped make this celebration a success.

Beth Anne Couture, Bill and Sue Dufford for allowing us to host the party at their beautiful property on Tryon Street, South Glastonbury. The Grey Barn is the perfect space for an event and represents the agricultural history of our town.

Glastonbury High School Vice Principals –
Rebecca Comenale, and Mary Abrams for their ongoing support and partnership.

Our current host families: the Segals, Murphys, Madnicks, Cotthaus’, Dykins’, Guilianos, along with former host families, the Coles, Blinns, and Smiths.

Glastonbury Whole Foods for a thoughtful contribution to the event.

St. Luke’s Church of South Glastonbury for use of the many chairs!

The Spicy Green Bean of Glastonbury restaurant for catering the event! We heard rave reviews about the food. Jay was a great support and amazing bartender. Thank you!

Students from Glastonbury High School’s Key Club, who volunteered to help with parking, set up and clean up.

The Funky Dawgs Brass Band – Member Aaron Eaddy, GHS class of 2010. Check out their website –

Friends of Glastonbury ABC for behind-the-scene hands-on help: Gary Clark, Tom Faustman, Dylan Rawlins

To learn more about our program:
See photos from the event on Facebook page – Glastonbury A Better Chance, Inc.

Rhonda Rawlins, Vice President
Glastonbury, A Better Chance

Martin Luther King Celebration

Bonnie-Clark-and-Rhonda-Rawlins-MLKThe Martin Luther King Celebration 2014 took place at Smith Middle School, Glastonbury on Monday, January 21st.

The focus of this year’s event was Letters from Birmingham, based on the letter by the jailed Martin Luther King to white southern church leaders who had criticized the civil rights movement. His letter defends his strategy against racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.

Actor David Greer, as Martin Luther King, performed an insightful view on the mood and thoughts of the civil rights leader as he wrote one of MLK’s most quoted and pivotal writings.

Performers, Julia Rosenblatt, Cindy Martinez, and Taneisha Duggan of Hartford’s theater group, HeartBeat Ensemble, along with Co-Director Steven Raider-Ginsburg presented a moving interpretation of Letters from Birmingham. Weaving in contemporary issues, and reminding us of the ongoing struggle in race relations, they acknowledged progress made, while inspiring the audience to continue on a positive  path.

Deacon Arthur Miller of HartfEmanuell-and-Rudra-work-at-MLK-eventord led the evening in prayer and shared his thoughts on this important holiday. He spoke about growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s and personal experiences during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. An author and radio host, Deacon Miller also is director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Hartford. The performances and presentations were followed by a relaxed and candid question and answer session with the audience.

ABC Scholars, GHS Senior, Kelly and Junior Rudra helped to set up the Glastonbury ABC information table and provided attendees with programs and seating for the event.

Additional photos from the evening’s performance can be found on our facebook page – Glastonbury, A Better Chance, Inc.