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A Gift from Daniel Offutt: an Art & Innovation Center

January 29, 2019 — The estate of Daniel E. Offutt III has offered to donate $5 million to renovate and expand Weston’s public library to include a new arts and innovation wing.

First Selectman Chris Spaulding announced the gift at a meeting of the Board of Selectmen on January 28th. We spoke with Dr. Spaulding shortly afterwards.

“I’m ecstatic,” said the First Selectman. “This is a remarkable opportunity for Weston. It’s hard to imagine how we could do it without this amazing gift. It’s a great way to celebrate the life of Dan Offutt, who loved the library and was a valued patron.”

“For the town,” he continued, “it’s a perfect fit of our culture in the arts and where we’re heading with innovation. I am, and we all should be, incredibly grateful to Dick Orenstein.” Richard Orenstein is the executor of Mr. Offutt’s estate.

Mr. Offutt’s estate has been increasingly generous to Weston over the past several months, including a commitment to help build EMS quarters, a large donation to Friends of the Weston Public Library, two larger grants to Weston Historical Society, and funds to help EMS purchase a new ambulance.

During that time, discussions between Dr. Spaulding and Mr. Orenstein evolved to include library trustees and Karen Tatarka, Weston’s public library director. Continue to read.....https://www.weston-today.com/articles/190129-library?fbclid=IwAR1dZHM5l4mG_IwK3HeWjt45rwJAD7L-gA9uFNNfNEfSgP7w9SKdCZ2L73c


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