Matching Grant From Putnam Foundation

September 27Print, 2018

Dear Community,

With our heartfelt thanks to the following people and companies, Let It Shine is delighted to announce that the community has succeeded in raising the $5000 necessary to earn the matching funds from the Putnam Foundation which will provide a pumpkin for each child in 23 schools in our area!

Donors who gave during the grant period:

Earl Robicheaux Photography, Barney Sherwin, Rupert & Honey Zinn, Melissa Herman, Louise Zerba, Jane and Gary Shapiro, Lisa Edwards, Mickey Pullen, Kris Roberts, Ruth Sterling, Bensonwood, Amherst Label, Life Is Sweet, Marriot, Service Credit Union, Corey Williams, Frazier and Sons, Nanotech, ABTech, Fenton Family Dealerships, and of course, The Putnam Foundation!

Help us cross the finish line with the final 1/3 of our fundraising by visiting  There, you can keep up to date on our status, volunteer, and make a tax deductible donation! Come celebrate 4500 works of art from our local school children at Keene Pumpkin Festival in the heART of downtown Keene, NH on October 28thfrom 1-7 pm!

On behalf of Let It Shine,

Tim Zinn

43 Grove St. Keene

Sponsors2018GrantSeptember 4, 2018

1, 2, 3 Pumpkin Festival!

Download Illuminations News September 1, 2018

With the event license approved 100 days ahead of the festival, Let it Shine has a 3-part plan for funding the fest.

Phase1 is done: $13,856 has been raised thanks to the generosity of lead sponsors Nancy Sporborg, Price Chopper and The Stage; new donors Scully Architects, Keene Door, The Vacuum Store, BMC, and Janos; returning sponsors Keene Orthodontic Specialists, StingRay, Hamblet Electric, Savings Bank of Walpole, Raynor Dental; and generous gifts from new friends and old listed on A pledge for inkind services from the City of Keene is also included in the first phase.

Phase 3 requires raising $15,336, a challenge for sure.

Phase 2 is REALLY EXCITING and must be completed by September 28. A surprise MATCHING GRANT from the Putnam Foundation is being announced today. If the community pitches in and collects $5,000 for school children’s pumpkins, that sum will be matched by the Putnams to cover the full price of all the pumpkins for the children to carve. If you were considering a gift of $25, $50 or $100 to Keene Pumpkin Festival, you can double that gift by giving now.

Deadline September 28, one month before the fest.

Please give today! Click here.

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