foundation event furthers its missions at science gala
women in science
the Petit Family Foundation’s Evening Honoring Women in Science, Jeffrey R.
Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric, stands with
Dr. William A. Petit Jr, chairman and president of the Petit foundation, and John Rathgeber, president of
Connecticut Business & Industry Association.
fundraiser was headed by honorary chairman and speaker Jeffrey R. Immelt, the
chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric. Immelt was a classmate
of William A. Petit Jr. at Dartmouth College, graduates of the Class of
speakers were Jennifer Whiffen and Anabella Villalobos who have achieved high
levels of success in the field of science. Whiffen is a senior biomedical/design
engineer with Covidien surgical devices manufacturer in New Have. Villalobos is
a vice president of neuroscience and antibody drug conjugate medical chemistry
has been chairman and CEO at GE since 2001, rising through several global
leadership positions since joining the company in 1982.
the gala, it was announced the Petit Family Foundation was providing a $50,000
grant to establish Michaela’s Garden on the roof of the science
project is named for Michaela Rose Petit who died in 2007 at the age of 11.
Michaela, her sister, Hayley, and her mother, Jennifer, all lost their lives in
a violent home invasion.
loved the flowers and foliage plants that she and her father planted and
maintained over the years at their Cheshire home. One bed of flowers in particular
was dear to Michaela: her Four O'Clocks. To honor her memory, "Michaela's Four
O'Clocks" have been replanted with seeds harvested from
the previous year. As a result there are now hundreds of Four O'Clock Gardens in
the world — all the progeny of Michaela's Garden, which like
the foundation's other projects, focuses on celebrating their interests and good
O’Clock seeds are available at the AMP office at 32 Whiting St., Plainville.
the event, guests also experienced the hands-on exhibits, dined and participated
in the silent auction.
final figure of monies raised by the Women in Science gala has not been
December 15, 2011 11:21 am | Updated:
11:28 am, Thu Dec 15, 2011.