NEW BRITAIN - A New Britain native has established the New Britain High School Hurricane Spirit Fund, a fund that will benefit students participating in the high school music program.
The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain announced the designated fund will pay it forward to current and future generations of students.
The fund was established by former NBHS student Paul Quistberg, Class of 1980, in order to celebrate and recognize Hurricanes school spirit. Quistberg is a UConn alum who earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1984. The fund will benefit students in the Music Club, marching band, orchestra, chorus, Madrigal Singers, color guard, Canettes, cheerleaders and related performance and classroom activities.
“My New Britain upbringing and education made all the difference in helping me succeed in life. I can’t think of a better cause to support to pay it forward to the next generation,” Quistberg said.
Quistberg said he would like to raise $150,000 for the fund in honor of New Britain’s sesquicentennial. He said he will offer a one to one match for the first $25,000 contributed to the fund. Quistberg said he hopes the community will consider supporting the fund. Potential donors can request more information at The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain location at 74A Vine Street, New Britain or on the foundations website.
Quistberg is married, has three adult children, and along with his wife supports numerous educational, community and faith based organizations. He began his professional career in Hartford at the international accounting firm KPMG before attending the University of Chicago to earn his MBA in Finance. Quistberg has worked at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Bank of America and most recently Fidelity Investments.
Although Quistberg no longer lives in New Britain, he said regularly visits the city to visit his parents, who still live in his childhood home. He said he remembers the intense spirit he felt from his days of involvement in the New Britain music program. Quistberg said he wants to encourage students to keep that energy strong for years to come.
“Dream big, work hard, stay humble and realize your New Britain work ethic will help you succeed in life,” Quistberg said.