Newman’s Own marks 35 years in Westport with $35K grants

Westport-based Newman’s Own marked the 35th anniversary of its first shipment of Olive Oil and Vinegar salad dressing, announcing $35,000 grants to the 15 nonprofits to first receive philanthropic contributions as a result of those sales on Aug. 25, 1982.

Created by the late actor and Westport resident Paul Newman and author A.E. Hotchner, Newman’s Own devotes 100 percent of its profits to charitable causes, with the company’s product line having expanded to 300 items including organic salad dressings introduced earlier this year. Contributions to date have totaled $495 million.

 Paul Newman’s daughters Clea Newman Soderlund, left, and Nell Newman at ceremonies marking the issue of a commemorative stamp of the late Westport actor. Photo: Jarret Liotta / For Hearst Connecticut Media / Westport News

Connecticut nonprofits in line for the newest $35,000 grants include the Westport nonprofits CLASP Homes, Homes with Hope, Westport Historical Society, Westport Library, and Westport Volunteer EMS; Norwalk Hospital, the Carver Foundation of Norwalk, and Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk; Save the Children in Fairfield; and the Yale School of Drama in New Haven.