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Gala raises $700K for foundation of slain Sandy Hook first-grader

December 19, 2017

NEWTOWN - An inaugural gala earlier this month raised $700,000 to build an animal sanctuary in honor of a first-grader who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre five years ago, according to a release.

The gala to benefit the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary and Foundation was hosted by television journalist Gretchen Carlson of Greenwich and drew 360 guests, according to a release.

The foundation plans to construct an animal sanctuary on 34 acres in Newtown that was donated by Connecticut state.

The sanctuary will provide rescue and adoptive services for companion animals, farm animal refuge, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, according to a release.

Construction is planned for March.

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