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Business Jet Traveler » August 2013
Ben’s Lighthouse for Newtown’s Children
Ben’s Lighthouse for Newtown’s Children
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 4:45pm

Helping the families affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in December 2012 is a cause that is close to our hearts. The publishing offices of Business Jet Traveler and parent company AIN Publications are in nearby Danbury, Connecticut, and several members of our team live in Newtown.

Our publisher, Tony Romano, who has three young children in the Newtown school district, is involved with Ben’s Lighthouse, the charity we’re spotlighting this month. We usually require that charities we feature have a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, but we’re making an exception for Ben’s Lighthouse, which is still too small and new to be considered for a rating.

Ben’s Lighthouse for Newtown’s Children (benslighthouse.org) was created in honor of six-year-old Ben Wheeler, a lover of lighthouses, who was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. Its permanent endowment funds workshops and community service, expansion of existing programs and development of new ones. The goal: to provide the children of Newtown and surrounding towns with a nonviolent and caring culture.

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