The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. presented business owner and philanthropist Curtis D. Robinson, of Southington, with a special gift on Monday, Oct. 12. He and his wife, Sheila Durant-Robinson, are philanthropists for the Curtis and Sheila Robinson Foundation.
Robinson built a wing at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for people suffering from prostate cancer and has been recognized for his work to address racial and health disparities. He often gives to nonprofits and schools; supporting scholarships, feeding the hungry, higher education and workforce development programs.
The Oct. 12 ceremony was hosted by Tabitha and Justin Manafort at Powerhouse Motorsport in Plainville. Khamani Peters, 16, a QANC participant, made the presentation. State Sen. Henri Martin and state Rep. William A. Petit spoke as well.
Queen Ann Nzinga Center, a local nonprofit organization, is designed to empower youth through the arts. Robinson shared his story with program participants a few years ago and encouraged and inspired them.
“Mr. Robinson is an exemplary role model for the children and teens who participate in the Queen Ann Nzinga Center programs,” said Dayna Snell, executive director at the center, located in New Britain. “His success inspires youth to reach their full potential, dream big, never give up and always give back.”