TOLLAND – Drew Crandall, a descendant of one of the town’s most prominent families, and his business, Keep In Touch, have become the latest major donor to support this year’s Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.
Crandall, Keep In Touch’s president, has made a $1,000 donation to the anniversary celebration, making him and his business the fourth “Crandall” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors to the anniversary effort are listed at tolland300.org.
Crandall and Keep In Touch will be will be honored by the town council, the 300th Anniversary Committee and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on Jan. 27 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.
Crandall said he, Prudence Crandall (the state’s official female hero), and the late Lily Crandall (who donated the popular Crandall Park in Tolland to the town) are all descended from the Rev. John Crandall, who landed in Boston in 1634. In one branch of the family, Constant, Giles, and Samuel Crandall settled in Tolland in the early- to mid-1700s. The first record of Crandall babies being born in Tolland are in 1750.
He said this long history with the town prompted him to support the 300th anniversary celebration.
"The Crandall family has been in Tolland for most of the town’s history,” he said. “The town’s most popular park is named after the family, and my business was started in the Tolland Business Park, so it’s appropriate that my firm would become a Crandall level sponsor."
Located at 30 Lafayette Square in Vernon, Keep In Touch is a marketing communications and media monitoring firm that serves clients across Connecticut. The firm also operates a Business Training Center where executives and employees can attend professional development seminars. This training center is available for rental, with capacity for up to 40 participants. Visit KeepTouch.com for details.
Drew Crandall will celebrate his 10th anniversary this year of hosting “Tolland County Economy,” a show on the Community Voice Channel, Comcast channel 5.
Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked Crandall and Keep In Touch for its generous donation.
“It’s wonderful that a descendant of the Crandall family has made a donation at the Crandall level,’’ she said. “We’re pleased to welcome Drew and Keep In Touch to our list of donors who will help us host many memorable events this year.”
The anniversary committee, historical society, and many civic groups will be holding dozens of events to mark the anniversary this year. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a tour of historic homes and museums on the green June 7. A Founders Monument will be dedicated June 13, and a large regional parade and townwide picnic will end the celebration on Sept. 19. To see the complete list of events, visit Tolland300.org.
More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.
Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.
For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.
To learn more about the 2015 plans, visit Tolland300.org or “like” the Tolland 300th anniversary celebration on Facebook.