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NORWALK, CT – The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk has been awarded a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.

Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to celebrate 35 years since Paul Newman began the food company bearing his name. Newman’s Own Foundation is giving $35,000 to The Maritime Aquarium and 14 other nonprofit organizations that were originally funded and have been supported for over three decades.

The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $495 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.

“Paul Newman wanted to help make the world a better place, and he said, ‘What could be better than to hold out your hand to those who are less fortunate?’” recalled Bob Forrester, president and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and executive chairman of Newman’s Own. “We are privileged to continue his extraordinary mission through our support for The Maritime Aquarium and other organizations doing important work.”

This funding will support The Maritime Aquarium’s efforts in regional environmental education and in conservation programs on behalf of Long Island Sound.

“We are very grateful for the generous support of Newman’s Own Foundation – in this gift, and over the years,” said Alicia Wettenstein, the Aquarium’s director of development. “This latest grant provides the opportunity for the Aquarium to connect with schools, groups and individuals who otherwise would not be able to benefit from our exhibits and programs.”

The Maritime Aquarium is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate visitors about – and to create stewards for – Long Island Sound. It accomplishes this by allowing visitors to get close to some 300 species native to the Sound and its watershed, including sharks, seals, sea turtles, river otters, jellyfish and other animals. One of the top places for family fun in Connecticut, the Aquarium also features hands-on educational programs and displays, public study cruises out onto the Sound, and Connecticut's largest IMAX movie theater, with a screen that's six stories high. TripAdvisor.com reviewers rate The Maritime Aquarium as one of the Top 20 aquariums in the U.S. and No. 1 in New England.

Learn more about Newman’s Own Foundation at www.newmansownfoundation.org.

Get details about exhibits, IMAX® movies, educational programs and more at The Maritime Aquarium this fall at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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