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Special Olympics Vermont Receives $5,000 MassMutual Foundation Grant

Burlington, Vermont, 10-28-2020 – Special Olympics Vermont, has received a $5,000 grant from the MassMutual Foundation as part of a national Community Service Award (CSA) program. Special Olympics Vermont is one of thirty-two organizations nationally to receive an award. The MassMutual Foundation made the grant as a tribute to the volunteer efforts of Dakota Brizendine, a Managing Partner with Commonwealth Financial Group in Burlington, Vermont.     

“We are stronger when we come together as a community, and our Community Service Awards program recognizes a group of financial professionals who embody this spirit, working with members of their respective neighborhoods, towns and cities, helping nonprofits with which they are involved grow and thrive,” said Dennis Duquette, Head of MassMutual Community Responsibility and President of the MassMutual Foundation. “We are proud of the time and energy Dakota dedicates to better her community and delighted to support the great work financial professionals do with organizations across the country.”

Special Olympics Vermont’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

This grant will be to contribute to the equipment, attire, and health supplies that can help transform an athlete's life — both in Vermont, and around the world.

Dakota has been with Commonwealth Financial Group for five years. She has been committed to Special Olympics Vermont since year 2018 and has dedicated countless hours of time and talent to help the organization grow and flourish.

“I am very pleased that my dedication to the Special Olympics Vermont has been recognized by the MassMutual Foundation,” said Dakota. “This grant will provide much needed funding to continue supporting our community through the implementation of sporting events, community building, as well as fundraising.”



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