Thursday November 29, 2012

Auction event aids Marlboro College financial aid

BRATTLEBORO -- The Marlboro College Financial Aid Task Force cordially invites the public to help celebrate the release of a new CD of Marlboro students’ work on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden. The event is free, and all proceeds will be used for financial aid at Marlboro College.

The evening will include live music by Marlboro musicians, a raffle and a silent art auction, featuring pieces from photography professor John Willis, art history professor Felicity Ratte and photographer Tobias Gelston. The silent auction will include diverse work from other Marlboro students, staff and faculty, such as a signed book from philosophy professor William Edelglass.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or

Local artists support senior housing expansion

TOWNSHEND -- Valley Cares is holding its first ever art auction to benefit the expansion of West River Valley Assisted Living. The auction will take place on Sunday, Dec. 9, at West River Valley Assisted Living.

There will be a silent auction from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a live auction from 5 to 6 p.m. Local physician, Dr. Timothy Shafer, will be the guest auctioneer for the live event.

More than 30 artists from around the region have donated various pieces, including paintings, drawings, etchings, prints, photographs, pottery and fiber art. The auction will include pieces from Bobbi Angell, Homer Johnson, J.Mark Littlehales, Matthew Peake, Janet Picard, Bill Schommer, Matthew Tell, Lydia Thomson, Chris Triebert, Malcolm Wright and more.

"Art is a strong theme in this corner of Vermont and certainly at West River Valley Senior Housing," said Dawn Slade, Valley Cares’ recreation and volunteer coordinator.

This year’s art auction comes one year after an art show of work by many resident artists and family members of residents. Several residents will again have artwork on display throughout the building this year during the auction.

Proceeds from the auction will go toward the expansion of West River Valley Assisted Living -- service-enriched senior housing that provides care and assistance with activities of daily living. To date Valley Cares has raised more than $2.6 million toward this project, which includes the creation of 12 new apartment units and related common spaces, and the expansion of existing dining, kitchen, laundry and nursing facilities.

Construction is set to begin in January.

The auction is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Becca Schaefer, Valley Cares H.R. and outreach director at 802-365-4115, ext.107.


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