SVHC's Jingle Bell raises $80,000

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BENNINGTON — The 5th Annual Jingle Bell on Dec. 1 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester hosted a sold-out crowd of 160 people and raised more than $80,000 for Southwestern Vermont Health Care. It was the final charity event of the health system's 100th anniversary year.

"This event was the perfect end to our Centennial celebrations," Leslie Keefe, SVHC's vice president for corporate development, said in a release. "I am grateful to our generous donors and the Jingle Bell Committee, who made this event a success."

The evening began with a cocktail reception and a raffle for a Von Bargen's Jewelers bracelet and earrings set. The excitement continued with an elegant dinner and a live auction of seven premium packages, including a one-week stay in a French villa, generously donated by Julie Moyle, and a package of sports memorabilia that included items from Michael Jordan and Yogi Berra, and other athletes.

The program concluded with the Putnam Challenge, a call to emulate the generosity of hospital founders Henry W. Putnam and his son, before hours of fun-filled dancing to band Players Nouveau.

The Jingle Bell Committee included Katie Brooks, chair; Connie Blatchford; Courtney Cherna; Mary Jo Gourd; Caren McVicker; and Carol Patterson.

The event was successful in part due to the generous support from sponsors, including Title Sponsors Mack and Equinox Golf Resort & Spa. People's United Bank and the Bank of Bennington were presenting sponsors, while Hays Companies was a lead sponsor. Many supporting and host sponsors contributed, as well.

For information about attending or sponsoring the SVHC Foundation's next signature event, contact the SVHC Foundation at 802-447-5017.

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