Monday, June 23, 2014

Mohegan Sun employees volunteer at Coogan Farm in Mystic

Monday, or Public Service Day at Mohegan Sun and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, saw employees of its three locations (Uncasville, Pocono Downs and Resorts in Atlantic City) working with their local United Way branches to go out into the community for various service projects. 
Connecticut sent about 75 employees to Coogan Farm in Mystic  to help with its public mission. 
Coogan Farm is an interesting place. As the website puts it, "In September 2013, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, purchased 34 acres of the historic Coogan Farm property on Greenmanville Avenue in Mystic, capping a two-year Campaign to Save Coogan Farm. With the donation of 11 additional adjoining acres, the Nature Center was able to create the 45-acre Nature and Heritage Center at Coogan Farm. It is the last parcel of undeveloped farmland between downtown Mystic, Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium."
Best of all, there's a two-acre garden at the Nature and Heritage Center at Coogan Farm that is growing produce for donation to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, which distributes food to 63 programs that serve 91 feeding sites across New London County.
From left, Maggie Jones, executive director of the Denison Pequotsepos 
Nature Center (which owns Coogan Farm), Ray Pineault, executive vice 
president and chief operating officer at Mohegan Sun, and Sharon 
Peccini, senior vice president at United Way of South Eastern Connecticut at Coogan Farm Monday.

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