SVHC's Jingle Bell raises $130,000

BENNINGTON — The 4th Annual Jingle Bell on December 2 at the Hermitage Club in Wilmington hosted a sold-out crowd of more than 200 people and raised $130,000 for Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).

"The success of this event is thanks to our dedicated Jingle Bell Committee, our generous donors and community members, and our extraordinary sponsors," said Leslie Keefe, SVHC's vice president for corporate development. "We are inspired by the tremendous outpouring of support for our mission to provide exceptional care and comfort to the people we serve."

The evening began with a cocktail reception and a raffle for a pair of diamond hoop earrings from Von Bargen's Jewelers. The events continued with a dinner and a live auction of eight premium packages, including courtside VIP box seats for the U.S. Open of Tennis in New York donated by Richard and Pamela Ader and a 7-day trip to Las Cabos, Mexico, donated by Dr. and Mrs. John and Marie LaPenta. The Putnam Challenge, a call to emulate the generosity of hospital founders Henry W. Putnam and his son, rounded out the evening's program before dancing to the New York Players.

The proceeds from the Putnam Challenge are dedicated to the construction of a new SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus. The clinic will be located on the same site as the current one in Wilmington. In the model of the newly constructed clinic in Pownal it will feature a covered drop off, spacious exam rooms and on-site lab and X-ray services.

The Jingle Bell Committee included Katie Brooks, Sarah Fisher, Crista Gannon, Charles La Fiura, Judy La Fiura, Bruce Mullen, Nancy Mullen, Arlene Palmiter, Shelley Park, Robert Ruhl, Halie Ruhl and Kristen Wallace.

Sponsors included the Hermitage Club, Salem Dentistry and Flowers by Cara.

The SVHC Foundation's next event is the Centennial Gala, scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at the Hubbell homestead in Bennington. Contact the SVHC Foundation at 802-447-5017 for details.


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