The generosity of people in Fairfield County seems to know no bounds. Nowhere was that more evident than on Feb. 27, Fairfield County Giving Day, a yearly, one-day online appeal by not-for-profit organizations to raise funds for special projects. Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and sponsored by Bank of America, not-for-profit groups, including Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, vie for donations in a rapid-fire, speed-dating-like marathon that tests an organization’s creativity and the dedication of its donors.
Once again, our donors shone. This year we sought and successfully raised $4,000 for the restoration and period-appropriate framing of four paintings of the Keeler and Resseguie families. The oldest two paintings demonstrated so much wear that parts of the subjects’ clothing was obscured. A third painting was improperly framed. And the fourth painting — that of Betsy Keeler only recently donated to KTM&HC by two generous benefactors — had no frame at all.