At last week’s “Over the Moon Celebration,” Tom Brokaw reminded all of us of a famous line from President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Brokaw added that both Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward lived by these words every day.
And what they’ve done for our country – and the world — is pretty amazing.
It was at this same celebratory party in New York City that Newman’s Own announced that it surpassed the $300 million mark in charitable giving, as Joanne Woodward distributed another $1.4 million dollars in charitable contributions to 14 organizations including Feeding America.
The evening’s event was co-chaired by Joanne Woodward Newman and Clea Newman Soderlund, Paul and Joanne Newman’s youngest daughter.
In addition to supporting Feeding America, Newman’s Own Foundation has been a strong supporter of Connecticut Food Bank, providing a van and annual grants to support our programs.
“When people would thank Paul for his charitable giving, he would always reply that he didn’t think he was doing anything special,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “He believed that the real thanks should go to those people who work every day to make ours and the future’s a better world. For Paul, it was a privilege to be just one among these many.”
Connecticut Food Bank thanks the Newman and Woodward family and all the people at Newman’s Own and the Newman’s Own Foundation for their support.
View NBC Connecticut’s great coverage of the event here.