Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the organizers of Dance Away Cancer, Sebastian's 5K and the Rockin'Ham 5K, we would like to thank our community and surrounding communities who either sponsored or participated in our events in the month of April. In one month these events remarkably raised nearly $45,000, all for very valuable causes.

We combined for hundreds of volunteer hours, and we are very grateful for the outpouring of support in our small, but clearly very generous community. We all feel proud and incredibly blessed to live and work here and wanted to take this opportunity to share our sincere appreciation. A quote from Ryunosuke Satoro certainly sums it up: "Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean."

So here is A Triple Thank You from all of us.


Andrea Scott, Jillian Cenate and Kerry Pickering, Rockingham, April 29

Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the staff, board, residents and clients of Groundworks Collaborative, I would like to extend our abundant thanks to the members of House Blend, Singcrony Trio, and Big Woods Voices – three local a cappella groups who generously donated their time and talents to benefit Groundworks Collaborative.


On April 16th these three groups performed the Gimme Shelter concert before an audience at the Hooker Dunham Theater. Last year, the Singcrony Quartet put together the first Gimme Shelter concert to support the Seasonal Overflow Shelter at the First Baptist Church – a program of Groundworks Collaborative. This year's concert raised $500 to support our housing programs – funds that will help us to provide supportive services to currently and formerly homeless families and individuals.

Groundworks Collaborative is the organization created from the recent merger of Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center. The newly merged organization continues to provide all of the services offered by each of the agencies, including the operation of our region's largest and busiest food shelf, and our area's shelters for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Groundworks' mission is to provide safe spaces and ongoing support to families and individuals facing a full continuum of food and housing insecurities. We envision a community in which everyone has a safe and dignified place to call home.

Singcrony Trio is made up of Beth Kiendl, Andrea Matthews, and Carrie Walker; Big Woods Voices is Amanda Witman, Becky Graber, Will Danforth, and Alan Blood; and House Blend is made up of 20 singers from Vermont and New Hampshire. Our thanks and gratitude go out to all of the performers and audience members who donated in support of our mission.

With many thanks,

Josh Davis Executive Director Groundworks Collaborative, May 2

Editor of the Reformer:

The second annual Walk for Amber StorySlam this past weekend (April 30th) was again entertaining and successful. In support of the Amber Bernier Scholarship, we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to our sponsor Strolling of the Heifers. Congratulations to our two time StorySlam champion, Robin Zegge. She's undefeated. Special thanks to our very talented and funny host, Comedy Diva Hillary Boone. Thanks to our excellent panel of judges: Deb Lovey, Tamara Stenn, Patrick Keppel, Matt Chapman, Tim Metcalf and Prudence Baird. Thanks to our scorekeeper, timekeeper & cowbell ringer, Todd Brown. Thanks to our organizing committee & set-up crew Jan Brown, Joni Crandall, Janet Athens, Dan Kasnitz, Heidi Cleveland, Karen Bokum, Rich Congdon and Matt Wright. Thanks to Alyssa Rogers Photography for recording images of the event, Jasmine's Bakery for the unbelievable cupcake donation, (worth the price of admission by themselves!), the Brattleboro Reformer for publishing the press releases and to Chris Lenois of WKVT AM and Fish of WKVT FM for their promotional and emotional support. Last, thanks to Pierre Capy for the donation of coffee and the Mocha Joes grand prize package.

The theme of the 2016 StorySlam was "Things that Matter." Top on our list is the support of the scholarship in honor of our daughter. It matters to us. It matters to the youth receiving the recognition and financial support. It matters.


Dan & Debbie Bernier-Sontag Brattleboro, May 4

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