In late December, members of the Newfound Area Charitable Foundation (NACF) Board presented Little Antlers Learning Center with a $5,000 donation to help fund the outdoor playground at the childcare center.
While the center’s outdoor playground has other supporters, such as Littleton Hospital’s Alpine Clinic, the donation was made in memory of a dear friend Brian Collins, who recently passed. Brian was an avid racer, friend, and volunteer of the NACF’s Annual Run Your Buns Off 4.2 Miler Road Race held at the Newfound Lake on Labor Day weekend each year.
According to NACF Vice President, Garlyn Manganiello, Brian was a beloved and dedicated member of the running community and is deeply missed. “Brian’s passion for running and his genuinely caring personality is what made him an icon in the running community. He was there from day one when our little road race began, and we loved having both him and his son Emmett participate in our annual event,” said Manganiello.
The NACF Board chose to make the donation to the Little Antlers Learning Center in honor of Brian, knowing that he would have been happy to see future generations encouraged to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Audrey Goudie, NACF President and co-race director, said “The donation aligns with our mission to promote healthy activities for all, and connecting this gift in memoriam of Brian just made it a perfect fit for us.”
Little Antlers proudly accepted the donation and are honored to have been the recipient of this meaningful donation.