Local Restaurant Awarded for Community Service, Announces Scholarship

Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant is proud to announce the launch of the Donna Formica Scholarship Fund. This unique scholarship fund will support local high school students who have a passion for both culinary arts and community service. The scholarship announcement comes after Flanders Fish was named winner of the Niantic Rotary’s Annual Outstanding Community Service Award and embodies the restaurant’s continued commitment to the community.

Paul Formica, owner of Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, created the scholarship fund to celebrate his restaurant’s 30th year anniversary and to commemorate his late wife Donna, who opened the restaurant alongside Paul in 1983. The scholarship launch was made possible by a $1,000 seed donation from the Niantic Rotary, given to Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant along with their community service award at the 28th Annual Niantic Rotary Gala.

“We are proud to have a business that the community supports, and are happy to support the community in return,” Paul Formica said. “We thank Niantic Rotary for recognizing our commitment to service and we are excited to continue to give back to the community through the Donna Formica Scholarship Fund,” he said.

Since its establishment three decades ago, Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant has demonstrated a commitment to supporting countless community events, local and regional charitable organizations, schools, service organizations, churches and more. Over the past year alone, Flanders Fish provided food donations to 17 different charities including Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaulis Soup Kitchen, Andover Food Pantry, chowder for 1200 people at the Niantic Bay Marathon, Hospice, the Niantic Fire Department and East Lyme Care and Share. They have also provided raffle items to over 70 charitable events and monetary donations to 15 other organizations including the American Heart Association and East Lyme Little League.

Additional funds for the Donna Formica Scholarship Fund will be raised at the 30 Year Roll Back Lunch, held at Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant on March 30, 2013 from 11am-3pm. During lunchtime, the restaurant will offer a menu with items and prices from 30 years ago. A raffle for multiple restaurant gift cards will also be held during the 30 Year Roll Back Lunch. All profits from the lunchtime event will be added into the scholarship fund.