Attorney Matthew Shafner spent much of his 56-year legal career improving the lives of residents of Eastern Connecticut.

He passed away in 2015 and the next year, his widow, Denise, decided to honor his life and create a legacy by establishing the Matthew and Denise Shafner Fund. A reflection of their shared and abiding interest in giving back and helping others, the fund is focused on promoting education, health, music and environmental preservation.