BRATTLEBORO -- On June 21, Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) held its 12th annual "Chipping Away at Poverty" Benefit Golf Tournament at the Brattleboro Country Club. The six tournament co-sponsors were IPG Benefits, New Chapter, Black River Produce, CIGNA Healthcare, Westview Terrace Apartments, and National Fiber.
Under the most perfect of weather conditions possible, over $11,000 was raised to support SEVCA’s essential anti-poverty programs serving low income individuals and families in Windham and Windsor counties.
Weatherization and Crisis Fuel Program vendors, regional businesses, local service providers, and other SEVCA friends and supporters sponsored and/or engaged in friendly competition to raise money for the agency, many returning from previous years.
A hole-in-one contest sponsored by Durand Toyota Ford gave participants the chance to win a new Toyota Corolla and other valuable prizes. Although there were some close calls, there were no winners. There was also a putting contest for a possible $5,000 cash prize. Although no one sank the 80-foot putt for the grand prize this year, Harald Schmidtke won a smaller cash prize for getting closest to the cup and donated it back to SEVCA. Players also enjoyed participating in a 50/50 raffle and a ‘Vegas Hole’ competition, in addition to the team and individual golfing competitions.
Tournament winners were: 1st place team -- Raven Bay Associates; 2nd place -- Kinney Pike Insurance; 3rd place -- Mutual of America. Men’s Closest to the Pin -- Peter Burke. Women’s Longest Drive -- Peg Maxfield. Men’s Longest Drive -- Steve Ward. Women’s Closest to the Pin -- Margo Bryce. The winner of the Vegas Hole contest and raffle was Kathryn Burke, who donated her winnings to SEVCA. And the winner of the 50/50 raffle was Margo Bryce.
In addition to the above major sponsors, SEVCA wishes to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their sponsorships and other support: ‘Double Eagle’ Level Sponsors -- Kinney-Pike Insurance and Simon Operation Services. Putting Contest Sponsor -- National Fiber and Westview Terrace Apartments. Golfer Gift Bag Sponsor -- Clark-Mortenson. Hole Sponsors -- Cocoplum Appliance, Clark’s I.G.A., Cota & Cota, Northeast Delta Dental, and W.W. Building Supply. Team Sponsors -- B. F. Family Moose Center, Farnum Insulators, Fiber America, J & W Auto, Mutual of America, Office of Economic Opportunity, Perkins Home Center, Raven Bay Associates, Sunset Tools Inc., and Whitney Blake Company. General Supporters -- Leone, McDonnell, and Roberts; Lucas Industries, Magee Office Plus, and Smith Electric. In-Kind Contributors -- C.E. Bradley Labs, Bellows Falls Country Club, Brattleboro Country Club, Hooper Golf Club, Killington Resort Golf Club, Okemo Golf Club, Pine Grove Springs Country Club, Putney Co-op, Harald Schmidtke, United Natural Foods, and Walmart.
SEVCA also thanks Brattleboro Country Club and Kaotik Graffiti for contributing to the event’s success by providing quality products and services at reasonable prices. Special thanks goes to volunteers Billie Heller, Allison St. Aubin, and Bryanne Kingsbury; there to help on behalf of Clark-Mortenson Insurance, who had named SEVCA their "Charity of Choice" for the year.
SEVCA is the Community Action Agency created in 1965 to address the needs of low-income residents of Windham and Windsor counties. It is perhaps best known for its crisis resolution programs that provide financial assistance, case management, service linkage, and advocacy to low-income households facing lack of food or heat, eviction, foreclosure, illness, and other serious emergencies. SEVCA services help them stabilize their lives, make their homes safe and energy-efficient, take steps toward self-sufficiency. These goals are achieved through such programs as Crisis Fuel Assistance, Housing Stabilization, Food Stamp Outreach, Weatherization and Emergency Home Repair, Economic Development, IDA Matched Savings Accounts, Tax Prep Assistance, Thrift Stores, and Head Start.