July 2, 2022

Essex Foundation Is Beneficiary of Funds From Sale of Alice Powers’ House

Alice Powers

Everyone in Essex knew her or knew of her. Alice Powers was a friendly, involved citizen, who during her more than 25 years in town, was deeply involved in dozens of important causes—from the Essex Land Trust, to Garden Club, to the Connecticut River Museum. And she wasn’t just an ordinary member of the organizations she supported.  She served as President of the Essex Land Trust during the years when decisions were being made concerning the Cross Lots property. She served for a number of years as the chair of the Essex Garden Club Scholarship committee, strengthening the club’s commitment to help local youths interested in college careers focusing on environmental and conservation initiatives.

Alice lived in her house on Maple Avenue until the last years of her life, surrounded by her favorite possessions and avidly tending her beautiful gardens and landscaped grounds. The house was left to The Essex Foundation to be used, according to the conservator, Anna Sweeney, as the Foundation saw fit. According to David Hyde, the President of The Essex Foundation, the house has been sold to Paul Angellini and the funds from the sale will be dedicated to furthering the many community activities in which Alice was interested.  The Foundation, which has been in existence since 1970,  is a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation whose purpose is to receive and administer funds and other property to help meet the educational, social, welfare, cultural and civic needs of the citizens of Essex. The Foundation serves as a pool for funds for individual donors. For example, the Bumpy Warner Scout Building Fund administered by the Foundation has been operating the Scout Building on Bushnell Street for many years. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to use funds to help fill needs that are not met by any other sources or organizations.

Alice Powers was born in Troy, New York. She was a graduate of the  Emma Willard School in Troy and went on to graduate from Smith College in 1942.  Before coming to Essex, Alice was a Vice President for Human Resources at Young and Rubicam, one of the largest advertising agencies in the United States, who, in 1951 produced the world’s first color television commercial. She maintained a host of friends from her agency days, some who had summer homes in Essex and who inspired her to retire here.

Alice loved the outdoors. An avid skier, she served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Amateur Ski Club of New York. She was especially fond of the club’s lodge at Mad River Glen in Vermont. Her passion for skiing took her to slopes throughout Europe.  Golfing was one of her favorite summer sports—and she was an active member of the Old Lyme Country Club. The Essex Yacht Club afforded her access to another favorite sport—sailing. She sailed and crewed on all types of sailboats and motor yachts and loved canoeing on the Connecticut River.  And, she loved to travel—her last big trip, when she was 80, was down the Amazon River in South America.

Bequests made to the Foundation may be restricted or unrestricted in nature. Unrestricted gifts are pooled and managed by the Board of Directors to respond to the most pressing needs and to provide the most effective assistance. Restricted gifts designated for a particular purpose, interest or organization are administered in accordance with the donors’ wishes. More information about The Essex Foundation can be found on the web at theessexfoundation.org or by contacting the Board of Directors at PO Box 64, Essex, Connecticut 06426.