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2023 Philanthropists of the Year

Watkinson School is proud to announce that Jan and David Klein will be honored with the 2023 Philanthropist of the Year Award at A Watkinson Affair on Saturday, February 25 at Hartford’s downtown Marriot.

The Philanthropist of the Year Award is presented to an individual or family with a history of exceptional generosity through their own financial support, generosity of spirit, and civic responsibility. They set the highest example of leadership which, in turn, encourages others to take philanthropic roles in the Watkinson community. 

Jan and David are founders of the Grace Scholars Fund, distinguished donors, current and past trustees and alumni parents to Jordan ’06. Jan and David reflected on receiving this award, “We continue to support and be involved at Watkinson because our daughter was the beneficiary of the incomparable experience of Watkinson, which prepared her so well for her future. We want to ensure that Watkinson can, for today’s and tomorrow’s students” develop the power to shape their lives and the world around them”. We also passionately believe in Watkinson’s commitment to be intentionally diverse – racially, culturally and economically, and to seek and welcome students who would thrive in this wonderful educational environment, whose only roadblocks to attending Watkinson are financial.”

This award was instituted in 2022 and the inaugural recipient was Kathleen Kane-Francalangia.

To join us in honoring the Kleins, please come to or support A Watkinson Affair.

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