Live Streamed from Plattwood Park
October 3, 2020 (Rain Date October 4, 2020)
Deep River, Connecticut
Deadline for Sponsorships and Logo Submission:
$500 – $5000 levels: September 4 to ensure logo will be on Lantern Canvas Bag
$50-250 levels: September 18
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A little over a year ago, The Nest Coffee House, a program of A Little Compassion, Inc., opened in downtown Deep River. From the beginning, our goal has been to create employment opportunities and social connections that nurture growth in an atmosphere that embraces our employees and participants for who they are and what they bring to our community. The Nest has grown to a staff of 23 with a wide menu of breakfast and lunch offerings, coffees, and delicious ice cream, But it’s not just about the growth of our menu, number of employees, and growing number of fans and customers. It’s also about the lifelong benefits to the young adults in our community. Through their work at The Nest, they develop the skills they will need to overcome the daunting barriers they face in finding and keeping meaningful work.
Now more than ever our non-profit needs your help. On Saturday, October 3, 2020, A Little Compassion, Inc (ALC), will host our 2nd Annual Water Lantern Celebration in Deep River to benefit ALC and The Nest Coffee House. Last year, we hosted 300 participants at Platwood Park, each of whom launched a hand-decorated floating lantern inscribed with inspiring words dedicated to friends and loved ones. Life looks a little different this year, but we are determined to bring our community together to celebrate the lives of individuals of all abilities. While we will not gather physically this year, we will come together via live stream to witness the reflective beauty of hundreds of floating lanterns as they are launched at Plattwood Park. *
You can help us make a difference! Through support from community businesses like you, we can continue to offer employment and social opportunities for young people with disabilities living in Deep River and surrounding communities. With this goal in mind, we are seeking sponsors for the Water Lantern Celebration. In addition to knowing that your sponsorship will allow A Little Compassion to continue the programs and services for young adults with disabilities, our sponsorship benefits provide advertising and social media exposure and let your community know that you have reached back to our little nonprofit with a big mission.
Sponsorship levels, benefits, and deadlines are described in the attached materials.
We look forward to your support and invite you to visit The Nest where opportunity brews confidence and everyone is welcome to our soft place to land.
*This year, due to COVID-19 and EEE safety concerns, all lanterns will picked up from The Nest for decorating starting on September 5th. This will give folks plenty of time to decorate their lantern to send a positive message to all, lift up and honor an individual in our community who bravely face and overcome challenges due to disability every day, or as a tribute to a loved one. The lanterns will be dropped off at our Plattwood Park Drive Through on the day of the event by participants beginning at 5:00 PM. The launch will start at dusk by a crew of volunteers live streamed for the entire event. All lanterns will be retrieved from the pond following the event and recycled. Thank you!
LThank You To Our 2020 Water Lantern Sponsors!
Northern Lights Sponsor $5,000
SPARK at Yale
Blaze Sponsor $1,000
Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller and Shah
Norm Needleman and Jacqui Hubbard
Gil and Dale L’Italien
Beacon Sponsor $500
Sound Rigging Services
Yoga & Pilates for Health
Planning Across The Spectrum
Shoreline Aerial Photography
Flame Sponsor $250
Lisa Tiezzi, Realtor, William Pitt Sothebys
Deep River Safe Harbor Marina
Essex Yacht Sales
Lantern Sponsor $100
Deep River Garden Club
Essex Savings Bank
Paul Foundation Inc.
John Zanardi Oil Company
The Perfect Pup
Karen & Andy Abercrombie-Scott
Iron House Fitness
Beacon Home Inspection
Gale & Patrick Dilger
Spark Sponsor $50
Hally Jo’s Corner Café
Attwood’s Auto Appearance
East Coast Precision Manufacturing
Sue Sbrolla & Ed Alger Jr.
Deep River Hardware
Atwood’s Auto Appearance
Jordan Manning and Beth Johnson
Stacie & Mike DiNello
Deep River Roasters
Rotary Club of Deep River