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October 11, 2021 CVCOA 5.5 min read

Supporting Aging Services in Central Vermont

Thanks for Your Support!

On October 9th, 2021, the Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) held a fundraiser to support our mission and services. CVCOA staff and board members are touched by the outpouring of support from this event. We truly did come together again as a community, ensuring that older adults will continue to have access to resources needed for healthy aging with independence. 

We are incredibly grateful for our sponsors, donors, volunteers, partners, staff, and community members who support aging services in Central Vermont! We are grateful for all you do for older adults in the community and your continued dedication to supporting Central Vermonters to age with dignity and choice.

This event was one more event impacted by COVID-19 and we made the difficult decision to move to a virtual event. With the safety and wellbeing of the community at the top of our minds, we knew that this was the right decision to protect everyone. Pivoting to a virtual benefit event brought with it some powerful opportunities. We heard about available resources from leaders in the field, celebrated our partner nutrition programs with a Community of Strength Award, honored our wonderful interim co-directors, Jeanne Kern and Davoren Carr, while welcoming our new Executive Director, John Mandeville, engaged in a creative activity and storytelling time with Susanne Schmidt, and listened to a powerful conversation between our Director of Family Caregiver Support and a caregiver in the community. Many thanks to all who made this virtual benefit event a robust and engaging experience!

Since we moved to a virtual benefit event, we worked with the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa to donate all of the food from our planned in-person event to Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County. We will also be contributing funds raised from this benefit event to all of our partner nutrition programs to celebrate and honor their hard work during this challenging time. Staff and volunteers at nutrition program sites provide home-delivered and community meals to older adults in the community, helping to keep people safe while providing nutritious meals. These are frontline workers in the community that often go unnoticed and unrecognized. We owe them our deepest gratitude for protecting and serving the community during the pandemic and beyond!

We look forward to future events in 2022, with hopes of in-person events to celebrate and honor aging with this wonderful community of support. Stay tuned for future announcements about upcoming opportunities. Until then, visit our How You Can Help page to learn more about ways you can give to CVCOA.

Presentation of Community of Strength Award

Congratulations and thanks to these nutrition programs, directors, and their teams for their dedication to serving nutritious home-delivered and community meals to older adults in Central Vermont.  We are incredibly grateful for your continued service, creative problem solving, and devotion to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County – Nicole Fournier-Grisgraber
Chelsea Senior Center – Susan Pirie
S. Royalton Senior Center – Susan Pirie
South Strafford Nutrition Program – Susan Pirie
Orange East Senior Center – Victoria Chaffee
Greater Randolph Senior Center – Emilie Daniel
Meals on Wheels of Central Vermont – Bob Woodard
Mad River Valley Seniors – Catherine Clark
Montpelier Senior Activity Center FEAST Program – Sarah Lipton
Greater Northfield Senior Center – Mary Ann Beaupre
Twin Valley Senior Center – Rita Copeland
Waterbury Area Senior Center – Vicki Brooker
QuinTown Senior Center – Jody Jesso


Our Generous Sponsors – Thank You! 

The Lauzon Family

Green Mountain Support Services
Westview Meadows and the Gary Residence
Community National Bank, N.A.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids            Edward Jones-Rich Jacobs
The Alchemist Stowe          Central Vermont Medical Center

SunCommon          Concept II          National Life Group

Commodities Natural Market
Copley Hospital
DuBois & King
Fothergill Segale and Valley
Grunts Move Junk
GW Tatro Construction
Rock of Ages
David Johns - Wells Fargo
Wayside Restaurant
Hickock and Boardman
Northeast Delta Dental
Vermont Electric Power Company

Special Thanks to these Auction Donors:
Trapp Family Lodge – Chef Jack Pickett – Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Thank You to the CVCOA Board and Volunteers!

Central Vermont Council on Aging is grateful for the generosity of our Central Vermont communities, including volunteers, businesses, and community partners who serve aging Vermonters.

We want to send a special thank you to our direct services staff for all the home visits, Zoom meetings, phone calls, health insurance counseling, options counseling, caregivers supports, kindness, and compassion they give to older Vermonters each and every day.

CVCOA Board of Directors
Emily McKenna – Co-President/Vice President
Becky Wright – Co-President/Vice President
Donna Watts – Secretary
Beth Springston – Treasurer
Denise Dalmasse
Ed Loewenton
Denise Ricker
Donna Harris
Genny Albert
Paula Otenti

A Special Thanks to our Fundraising Planning Committee and Volunteers!

Barb Asen, Becky Wright, Beth Springston, Davoren Carr, Denise Dalmasse, Denise Ricker, Diane Leuschner, Jeanne Kern, John Mandeville, Kathy Paquet, Luke Rackers, Marie MacDougall, Rheneé Placey, Sarah Mason, and Michelle Mahikoa.

 An EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Paula Otenti, our amazing Event Coordinator for Together Again! This event would not have been possible without Paula’s willingness to jump in and take on the responsibility of organizing and supporting this event – thanks Paula!!