Monday June 10, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

On May 18, the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development hosted its 24th Annual Benefit and Auction A Taste of the Town. The Taste is Prouty’s signature fundraising event and gala celebration.

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 Taste. We would like to acknowledge John Benouski and his staff at Sodexo at World Learning for their invaluable assistance, Ian Kelley of WTSA for his emceeing talents, and Dan Rostov for his musical accompaniment.

The Primary Sponsors of the 2013 Taste were G.S. Precision, Inc., The Richards Group and The Trust Company of Vermont. Other Sponsors included River Valley Credit Union, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Brattleboro Primary Care, Lawton Floor Design, Brattleboro Ford Subaru and Cota & Cota. Support was also given by the Brattleboro Rotary Club, Chalmers Insurance & Financial Services and WTSA. The Taste would not be possible without these sponsors and our many in-kind donors: restaurants, businesses, artists, and craftspeople who donated food, floral arrangements and auction items. A complete list of these generous friends can be found on our website at www.winstonprouty.org/taste. 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.


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For almost 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 supporters share our vision for a world where all children and families have a strong start.

Chloe E. Learey,

Executive Director, The Winston Prouty Center, June 3 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

BCTV’s 8-hour Live Auction and Band Jam on May 11th was a resounding success thanks to the generosity of our donors, sponsors, performers, volunteers and bidders. The funds raised will help complete our studio renovation project in the Brattleboro Municipal Center for use by BCTV’s community producers. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible:

Item Donors: A Candle in the Night, Adivasi, American Legion Post 5, Eve Baker LMT, Lynn Barrett, Bascom Family Farms, Basketville, The Blue Moose, Bodhifit, Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Brattleboro Bicycle Shop, Brattleboro Country Club, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, Brattleboro Holistic Health Center, Brown Computer Solutions, Joe Bushey, Lorie Cartwright, Chelsea Royal Diner, Code Three, The Commons, Commonwealth Dairy, Curves, Delectable Mountain Cloth, Emerson’s Fine Furniture, Enright & Company, Everyone’s Books, Fearless Computing, First Run Video, Florali, Friends of the Sun, Galanes’ Vermont Shop, Green Mountain Community Fitness, Kathleen Hathaway, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Hotel Pharmacy, In the Moment Records, Jasmine’s Bakery, Just Pies, Kitchen Sync, Martin and Bev Langeveld, Latchis Theatre, The Marina Restaurant, Archer Mayor, Mount Snow, Natalie Blake Studios, New England Youth Theatre, Newfane Country Store, Next Stage Arts Project, North End Butchers, Penelope Wurr, Ken Pick Pottery, Daryl Pillsbury, Howard and Lisa Prussack, The Putney Inn, Putney Road Market & Deli, Putney Winery, One Stop Country Pet Supply, Outer Limits Health Club, Radio Shack, Renaissance Fine Jewelry, Emily Richards, River Valley Credit Union, The Shepard’s Flock, Sidehill Farm, Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center, Sprague & Son Sugarhouse, Strolling of the Heifers, Sweet Spot Style Coaching, Kip Tewksbury, Top of the Hill Grill, Town of Brattleboro, Twice Upon a Time, Valley Rock Choir, T. Breeze VerDant, Verde, Vermont Artisan Designs, Windham Wines, WKVT, Wyn Cooper.

Event Sponsors: Brattleboro Bowl, Burton Car Wash, Champs Diner, First Run Video, g. housen Premium Beverages, Gone Golfin’, Grafton Cheese, Matty C’s Café, Pepsi, Price Chopper, The Marina Restaurant, West Brattleboro Pizza.

Media Sponsor: The Commons.

Performers: Electric Fence, Jimmy Gordon, Draa Hobbs, Tim Johnson, Daniel Kasnitz, Peter Miles, The Melodians, New England Center for Circus Arts, The Brad Roth Group, Steve West, Robin Zegge.

Volunteers: Wyatt Andrews, Lynn Barrett, Pam Bickford, Mieke Blaushield, Dora Bouboulis, Roland Boyden, Millie Bristol, Nancy Brosz, Joe Bushey, Jerry Carbone, Hilary Cooke, Jean Czuy, Patrick DeGiovanni, Maria Dominguez, Susan Dunnington, Linda Evans, Wendy Germain, Russ Grabiec, Bill Holiday, Tim Johnson, Daniel Kasnitz, Martin Langeveld, Deborah Lazar, Wendy Mason, Jeff Mastroianni, Greg McAllister, Rich Melanson, Mike Mrowicki, Alfred New, Desha Peacock, Carolyn Peck, Daryl Pillsbury, Vlasta Popelka, Em Richards, Rhea Rhodes, Bailey Robinson, Hugh Silbaugh, Barb Sondag, Robert Stack, Jill Terrell-Ouazzani, Kip Tewksbury, Karen Trenosky, Cor Trowbridge, Clay Turnbull, Kathryn Turnas II, Tim Wessel, Steve West, Tom Woodbury, Greg Worden.

Special thanks to the O’Connor family for bidding high and often. Please stop by the Studio and take a tour of this remarkable community resource.

Lynn Barrett, Board President

Cor Trowbridge, Executive Director

Brattleboro Community Television

Brattleboro, May 31

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Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the interfaith group of Kenya travelers who sponsored the recent African dinner at the Guilford Community Church, UCC, I would like to thank the members of the larger community who contributed and attended the meal on May 18. For the members of the group who traveled last Spring and those planning to go in November, this was a means of returning gratitude to our hosts by lending support for the orphaned children and simultaneously for reforestation in Kenya. It was an especially auspicious day for our community because not only were we able to celebrate the AIDS walk in the morning but we were able to raise $1,100 from the dinner alone for the children by AIDS in Kenya. Thanks to all who donated food and labor, who came and who donated to the tree planting. As our Kenyan partners say, "It catches three birds on one net" by providing income for the guardians and orphans who together plant the trees. Thank you so much.

If you would like further information call Pastor Lise Sparrow at 803-257-2776.

Dr. Lise Sparrow,

Pastor, Guilford Community Church,U.C.C., June 3