Letter: PAVE offers thanks for community support


To the Editor:

On June 29, Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) held its fundraiser, Moonlight in Vermont, a wine and food tasting and live auction at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn. It was an amazing evening with over 100 guests, and because of the generosity of so many people, it was a great success raising over $20,000.

The evening also provided an opportunity to introduce PAVE's new Executive Director, Nadia Lucchin, who presented Sen. Dick Sears with a recognition award for his years of steadfast support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Sen. Sears, our guest speaker, spoke about the history of legislative action to address the safety and support for victims of domestic violence.

Most importantly, the evening was a testament to the community's support of PAVE, and we wish to thank all of the many businesses and individuals who gave their time, money, and talents to help us raise much needed funds. We especially thank our local event sponsors: Global Z; The Vermont Country Store; Bank of Bennington; The Abbey Group; Abacus Automation; Angela and Chris Bevin; Janet and Eric Holmgren; Rick and Connie Hawley; Sperber Tool Works; and John and Paula Sherman.

The food for the evening was given by Bringing You Vermont, The Publyk House, Raven's Den, The Grille at Mount Anthony Country Club, Garlic John's, Gringo Jack's, Bistro Henry, The Tap House, Miller's Toll, The Village Chocolate Shoppe, Mother Myrick's, Arlington Inn, Pangaea and Madison Brewing's new venture, 421 Craft Bar & Kitchen.

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In addition, we appreciated the many vintners across the country who responded to our call for wine contributions as well as local collectors and vineyards and numerous artists and businesses who gave items and talents to our live auction. We wish to thank Mark Vaughan for his long standing support of PAVE and for soliciting all the wines, choosing the wines for tasting, and serving as the evening's auctioneer extraordinaire. A group of over 20 volunteers helped us put this event together, and we are indebted to the steering committee, wine pourers and food servers who made it all happen.

The funds we raised last week will go directly to support the programs of PAVE: hotline, court advocacy, safe housing, monitored visitation for children with non-custodial parents, and school and community outreach and education. Together these programs help victims and their children move beyond the nightmare of domestic violence to heal and rebuild their lives. On their behalf, PAVE's staff and Board of Directors want to express our gratitude to the guests who came and the community who contributed. Thank you.

Susan Hoffmann-Ogier,


The writer is a member of the PAVE board of directors.


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