Editor of the Reformer:

As we approach spring our blood donors deserve a big thank you for giving the "Gift of Life" this past year. For the year 2015, we collected a total of 823 pints of blood. The need for blood never diminshes. Blood donors, with all blood types are needed, particularly O negative, A negative, B negative and platelets. Donating blood is a simple way for blood donors to make a difference in the coming year.

We thank our contributors: VFW for the use of their building, Dunkin Donuts for donating doughnut holes, Subway for their subs, WTSA, WKVT and the Brattleboro Reformer. We look forward to their continued support for our drawings in 2016.

We especially thank our dedicated volunteers and the Red Cross staff from Manchester, N.H. – without you, our drives would not be possible.

Blood donors have the opportunity to donate blood the first Tuesday of every month at the Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post 1034, 40 Black Mountain Road. Donor hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A heartfelt thank you to all.

Mildred M. Maloskie, chairperson, Blood Drives, ARC, Brattleboro, March 28

Editor of the Reformer:

On March 5th, the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development hosted its 2nd Annual Mini-Golf Classic Par for the Cause at its new home on the former Austine Campus. The Par is Prouty's new signature fundraising event and gala celebration. All proceeds from this event will go to support the purchase of the campus and renovations to the space we will be using for the Prouty Center.


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We are grateful to the many volunteers (including members of the Board of Trustees, Prouty staff and families) who gave of themselves to ensure the success of the Par. We would like to acknowledge John Benouski and his staff at Sodexo at World Learning for their invaluable assistance.

We would like to thank our event sponsors, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, G.S. Precision, Inc., The Richards Group, The Trust Company of Vermont, and World Learning. The Par would not be possible without all of our sponsors and supporters. A complete list of these generous friends can be found in the program book on our website at www.winstonprouty.org/parforthecause. We would also like to thank Brown & Roberts, Windham Flowers, The Shoe Tree and Eric Annis, among others, for their generous donations to our raffle. We are honored to have community partners who believe in our mission to provide inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families.

For over 45 years, the Winston Prouty Center has been committed to supporting the growth of children and their families and recognizing all children as important members of their communities. We are grateful that so many share our vision for a world where all children and families have a strong start to live the promise of every child.

Chloe E. Learey Executive Director The Winston Prouty Center Brattleboro, March 15

Editor of the Reformer:

Although many people aren't yet thinking about summer plans, we have been very busy at Green Mt Camp, preparing for our best summer yet! One of the many tasks we are focusing on now, even before the mud is gone, is raising funds to ensure that this unique camp can continue to thrive. Toward that end, several local businesses and organizations have partnered with us as we gear up for our Centennial next year... celebrating 100 years of memories!

We are most grateful to the Dummerston Congregational Church who hosted a family concert on March 12th featuring folk singers Putnam Smith and Ashley Storrow and a bake sale that helped GMC in their fundraising efforts. They also sponsor scholarships so more girls, regardless of family circumstances, get to experience a week of carefree childhood fun!

Just a few days later, the Sunrise Rotary was generous enough to name GMC as the recipient of their fun-tastic Trivia Night proceeds and it turned out to be a very fun (and delicious) evening! Over 75 people showed up last Monday night, March 14th, in spite of the rain and wintry mix weather and had a wonderful time! Entera Catering provided a scrumptious meal and the winners of the 50-50 raffle and the evening's top trivia prize also donated their winnings to the camp!

These events and the generosity of so many friends of GMC, both individuals and businesses, remind us how fortunate we are to live in a community that is so supportive of all the good works done by the many non-profits in our area!

Green Mt Camp opens June 20th and offers both day camp and overnight options for girls ages 5-13 but we could not do it without the support of this amazing community~thank you to all who help make another season possible!

Billie Slade Executive Director Green Mountain Camp, March 20

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