DFI Receives Major Capacity Building Grant from the Foundation for MetroWest

DFI Receives Major Capacity Building Grant from the Foundation for MetroWest

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Kelsi Gunarathne, the DFI Cultural Projects Manager, speaks to the manager of Rincon La Cabana about the Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest

Kelsi Gunarathne, the DFI Cultural Projects Manager, speaks to the manager of Rincon La Cabana about the Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest

In December 2018, Downtown Framingham, Inc. was awarded a $10,000 capacity building grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to support a part-time Cultural Projects Manager. DFI quickly brought on Kelsi Gunarathne, who recently completed an unpaid internship with DFI in December 2018.

Kelsi Gunarathne, DFI Cultural Projects Manager

Kelsi Gunarathne, DFI Cultural Projects Manager

I love working for DFI because it is such a passionate non-profit that puts such diligence into their work and has a director that goes above and beyond to take on anything that comes her way to improve this beautiful growing community. I love downtown Framingham because it is such a unique community that each year amazes me with the amount of prosperity you see with businesses and community leaders. It also has amazing restaurants, pubs, and retail stores.
— Kelsi Gunarathne, DFI Cultural Projects Manager
On December 10, Courtney Thraen, Executive Director of Downtown Framingham, Inc., accepted the award at the Foundation for MetroWest Gala.  Photo Credit: Scott Metzger

On December 10, Courtney Thraen, Executive Director of Downtown Framingham, Inc., accepted the award at the Foundation for MetroWest Gala.

Photo Credit: Scott Metzger

Kelsi visted Golden Circle to encourage donation of a silent auction item for the King of Hearts Dance.

Kelsi visted Golden Circle to encourage donation of a silent auction item for the King of Hearts Dance.

Kelsi graduates from Framingham State University (FSU) this May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a minor in business. Kelsi continues to intern with the MetroWest Economic Research Center at FSU, where she focuses on research, analysis, and data pertaining to statewide unemployment. In her spare time, Kelsi is captain of the Framingham State Varsity Softball team.

DFI is very grateful to have Kelsi as an official staff member, and her enthusiasm for supporting the organization has been an incredible morale boost!

Kelsi continues to contribute heavily to DFI!

Kelsi continues to contribute heavily to DFI!

By Courtney Thraen, Executive Director of Downtown Framingham, Inc.

February 1, 2019