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Fleet gift benefits Jorgensen series
February 22, 1999

Clowns around every corner, painted faces of delighted children, and an auditorium filled with colorful drawings have been among the sights this year at the University's Jorgensen Auditorium during the 1998-99 children's series sponsored by Fleet Bank.

On February 14, John Blackwell, vice president and district manager of the eastern region for Fleet Bank, presented Jorgensen Director Rodney Rock, with a $5,000 check, the second half of Fleet's $10,000 sponsorship of Jorgensen's 1998-99 Fleet Children's Series.

The series began last October with an opening party and drawing contest. More than 300 children from around the state entered the contest. Performances in the series include Pooh Corner, Beauty and the Beast, Curious George, and The 101 Dalmatians. Rock said the series, nearly sold out to more than 3,000 subscribers, has been the most successful season to date in the children's series.

"Fleet's dedication to children has had a significant impact on the lives of families in eastern Connecticut," said Rock. "It is a privilege to partner with an organization that recognizes the value and importance of the arts in the lives of young people."

A long-time supporter of the arts at the University, Fleet Bank also has sponsored several chamber series concerts at Jorgensen Auditorium.