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TAPinto Westfield Profiles Betsy Chance, Executive Director of the Westfield Foundation

TAPinto Westfield Profiles Betsy Chance, Executive Director of the Westfield Foundation

Monday, October 23, 2017

For 23 years, Betsy B. Chance has served as executive director of the Westfield Foundation, established in 1975 by a group of civic-minded leading citizens  — H. Emerson Thomas, Frank Ketcham, Bob Mulreany and Donn Snyder, who each put in $500 to officially form the foundation.

The aim — then and now — centers on enhancing and supporting the quality of life in Westfield. The coffers grew substantially over the years with a mixture of modest contributions rolling in, augmented by extremely generous supporters such as Charles Anderson, who donated more than $1 million. More recently, some contributions have exceeded Anderson's initial largesse. Since its inception, the foundation has distributed $6,400,000 to various organizations. This quarter alone, $93,262 was allocated to multiple recipients, which are listed on the website at thewestfieldfoundation.com.

Betsy Chance explained the way the non-profit foundation operates....

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