Letter Box


Editor of the Reformer:

Girls on the Run Vermont would like to acknowledge the time, creative vision and generosity of ‘Team Décor’ -- Priscilla Cotton, Mark Malloy, Karen Abel and Tim Mathiesen -- amazingly talented, energetic designers in our community who donated countless hours in renovating our offices in the BDCC building just off Putney Road.

As a Brattleboro based statewide non-profit now in our 15th year, we’ve been growing rapidly as an organization and now serve nearly 3,000 3rd to 8th grade girls annually with our Girls on the Run fitness and wellness program.

In order to keep up with this growth, we needed to increase our staff, office space and storage area, accordingly. Thanks to the wonderful artistry and technical prowess of Team Décor, we now have a work-environment that is welcoming, roomy and inspiring, and one that will allow us to reach more girls throughout Vermont more effectively and efficiently.

Thank you Team Décor -- you are amazing!!

With much gratitude,

Nancy, Robyn, Annie, Cara & Leslie

Girls on the Run Vermont, April 24 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On April 19th a group of tremendously talented storytellers -- Elna Baker, Ian Chillag, Cindy Pierce, and Peter Aguero, along with the evening’s Host, Peter Sagal (of NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! fame) - told hilarious and heartfelt stories to a sold-out Latchis Theatre audience, raising roughly $40,000 to recognize Morningside Shelter’s 35th year of service to our community. The staff, board, residents, and clients of Morningside Shelter wish to thank everyone who worked together to make Storytellers on a Mission a HUGE success!

This event could not have happened without the coordination of The Hatch, a local group of four friends who produce live events to raise funds for non-profits in our community -- and have fun doing it! The Hatch is underwritten by generous support from Foard Panel and Farnum Insulators -- which offsets the costs of producing the event -- and has media support from Vermont Public Radio.

Additionally, we owe tremendous thanks to the individuals and businesses who sponsored the evening, including our Presenting Sponsors: Andy & Reg Rockefeller, Trust Company of Vermont, and Jack Wesley & Julie Peterson, as well as three anonymous donors. Thank you to our 35th Anniversary Sponsors who included: Anon’s Thai Cuisine, an Anonymous Morningside Board Member, Bevin & Chris Dugan, Bluestone Wealth Management, Bob Soucy & Heidi Kendrick, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association, Bruce & Catie Berg, Cheryl Wilfong, Chroma Technology, Evie Lovett & Jeff Shumlin, F.W. Webb’s Bath Center, Girls on the Run, Hilltop Montessori School, Jack & Judy Davidson, Jacquie Walker & Steve Anderson, Jancewicz Roofing, Joan & George Weir, Kate Jellema & Seth Harter, Landmark College, New Ground Creative, Oak Meadow School, Potter Stewart Law Offices, Putney School, Richard Epstein, Ruggles & Hunt, Silver Forest of Vermont, Stevens & Associates, Subtle Ebb, The Richards Group, Vermont Academy, and Vermont Woods Studios, among other anonymous contributors. We would also like to thank Whetstone Station for providing dinner for the Storytellers before the show.

The funds raised by this event will help us to complete some necessary improvements around our 1840s farmhouse shelter facility here in Brattleboro. The 29-bed Shelter -- which was home to 120 unduplicated people last year, roughly a third of whom are children -- provides a safe space and ongoing support to families and individuals facing challenges of maintaining stable housing. With so many people moving through the house throughout the year, our shelter endures a great deal of wear and tear. These funds will help us address a number of home improvement projects that require more than our annual general maintenance budget.

We are happy to report that Storytellers on a Mission for Morningside Shelter was recorded and will be broadcast on Vermont Public Radio on Memorial Day weekend.

With many, many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this incredible gift to Morningside Shelter in our 35th year,

Joshua Davis, executive director

Morningside Shelter

Brattleboro, April 23


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