Linzee Coolidge Award Recognizes Extraordinary Philanthropic Contributions

This week, the City of Gloucester was pleased to announce the creation of the Linzee Coolidge Philanthropy Award. This extraordinary honor will forever recognize individuals who demonstrate substantial and sustained contributions to the City in the tradition of Linzee Coolidge, who has contributed more than $3.6 million to dozens of worthy community causes and organizations since 2011.

Linzee

(image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

Linzee Coolidge and his wife Elizabeth “Beth” Coolidge have supported a broad range of initiatives in Gloucester, including Cape Ann Animal Aid shelter, restoration of Gloucester City Hall, renovation of Newell Stadium, restoration of Schooner Adventure, Ocean Alliance, Maritime Gloucester, the Gloucester Education Foundation, the Rocky Neck Arts Colony, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester Committee for the Arts, and the Open Door food pantry.

Scooner Adventure

(image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

The Linzee Coolidge Philanthropy Award is designed to foster substantial and ongoing altruistic contributions to the community. Moving forward, it will serve as the community’s highest level of recognition for giving and will only be presented to individuals who demonstrate substantial generosity and contributions to the City that meet or exceed the level of lifetime contributions in the tradition of Mr. Coolidge.  An award committee comprised of four citizens appointed by the Mayor of Gloucester will review applications and determine future Coolidge Award honorees.

Linzee Cape Ann Animal Aid

(image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

A medallion bearing the phrase “Generosity, Inspiration, Caring, Cooperation” was presented to Coolidge on Tuesday, December 16th in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall. In her remarks, Gloucester Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk stated that “nothing gives me greater pleasure than announcing the creation of a prestigious award in recognition of Linzee Coolidge’s exceptional philanthropy in the city.”

Gloucester-Town-Hall-Reno

(image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

“Linzee has touched the lives of so many people and supported countless worthy causes in Gloucester,” said Mayor Kirk. “His leadership in supporting community programs large and small deserved to be forever venerated as a model of giving back.”

Newell Stadium

(image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

Coolidge, who is a direct descendant of President Thomas Jefferson and retired real estate investor, has served on boards of organizations like the Boston Athenaeum, St. Mark’s School and Brigham & Woman’s Hospital.

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