ING Foundation to Present Gift to Hartford Public Library

January 16, 2008 Hartford, CT Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

Officials from ING Foundation will present a $50,000 gift to support youth services at the Hartford Public Library on Friday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the Window of Light at the recently renovated library at 500 Main Street, Hartford. The event is open to the public. Representatives from both organizations, as well as city officials, will attend.

“ING is committed to children's education, and we are pleased to present this grant which will help in providing area youth and their parents with enhanced library resources,” said Brian Comer, President, ING Life Insurance and Annuity Company, who will present the gift on behalf of the ING Foundation.

The Hartford Public Library’s 44,000 square feet of new space, including the new Children’s Library, a new books center, multimedia center, and learning lab; as well as the renovation of its 100,000 square feet of existing space, completes a $5.5 million capital improvement of the downtown library, which traces its history in Hartford to 1774.

This public project is made possible through the leadership of the mayor, the Court of Common Council, the citizens of Hartford in passing two bond referendums (in 1996 and in 2000), and to the generous contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations that have supported the library’s capital campaign.

“We are deeply appreciative of this important gift to the Library and ING’s commitment to the families of Hartford. We have a landmark building on Main Street, it belongs to the people, and it supports the services that help an ever-increasing diversity of citizens to learn, grow and succeed every day,” said Louise Blalock, Hartford Public Library’s chief librarian.

Former Hartford Mayor Mike Peters, who played a key role in the solicitation of this significant gift from ING Foundation, is among the dignitaries who will attend the event. “This is a neighborly gesture on the part of ING,” said Peters. “It demonstrates their support of the communities where they do business.”

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Audria B. Benn, ING, 770-980-5715 or 404-934-8743 or

About ING

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management to over 75 million private, corporate and institutional clients in over 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 120,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.

In the U.S. (NYSE: ING), the ING family of companies offer a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 15 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit

About the ING Foundation

The ING Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities where ING operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on sustainable programs in the areas of financial literacy, children’s education and diversity.
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About Hartford Public Library

The Hartford Public Library has more than 500,000 volumes and 700 periodicals in its collection. A provider of strategic programs that respond to citizens’ real needs and interests, the library offers programs for parenting, literacy and language development; programs for technical literacy and competency; and programs for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Hartford Public Library also provides a cultural and artistic forum that reflects the city’s diverse and vibrant community. For more information, visit