Category Archives: Fundraising Event

Variety of Musical Genres Entertain at CORNSTOCK on May 21 at Retreat Farm

Area musicians will be showcasing their talents throughout the day at CORNSTOCK this Saturday, May 21 from noon to 6 pm at Retreat Farm on Rt. 30 in Brattleboro, Vermont, to benefit Youth Services. Presented by Chroma Technology, the music will reflect distinct genres throughout the day. The line-up starts off with the 7-person ensemble Putney Jazz, followed by a Capella performers Shoulder Narrows, and concluding with the duos Steve Carmichael & Bill Conley and instrumentalists Mary Cay Brass & Laurie Indenbaum.

Putney Jazz is a Putney School student group focusing on improvisation in the jazz tradition, exploring a wide range of classic and contemporary repertoire. According to Director David Ross, previous graduates have gone on to Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music and their interests can be eclectic.

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Ross cited the example of Spencer Tepper, the band’s student leader, who is exploring music school in classical and jazz trombone when he is not playing video games competitively at an international level.  Another, Emma Townsend, on guitar, Ross described, as currently building her own guitar from scratch as part of a senior project. “The group is regularly featured at Putney events both at the school and in the community and dancing during the performance is encouraged!” Ross said.

Shoulder Narrows

Next up is Shoulder Narrows, started in 2004 by male students at Brattleboro Union High School that wanted to sing a Capella. It is presently a student run, low-voice a Capella group with members from all around the greater Brattleboro area. The group can sing just about any genre in the a Capella style, including pop, jazz, R & B, country and Broadway, according to Jonah Johnson, one of the group’s leaders.

Shoulder Narrows create all the melodies, rhythms, and harmonies with their voices alone by dividing into separated voice parts. “Our group continued to sing together during the pandemic doing our best to bring some light into the darkness through music,” recalled Johnson. Cornstock will be their first performance in two years and Johnson said they hope it will be the start of an a cappella music revival in Brattleboro.

Bill Conley and Steve Carmichael

Seasoned local entertainers Steve Carmichael and Bill Conley are teaming up to perform for the CORNSTOCK crowds. Steve Carmichael has been singing and fingerpicking the guitar in the Brattleboro area for over thirty years, covering a wide range of styles, genres, and songwriters. Bill Conley, most recently the guitarist for Jazzberry Jam, will play dobro and lap steel guitars.

Laurie Indenbaum & Mary Cay Brass

Mary Cay Brass and Laurie Indenbaum will wrap up the day of musical entertainment performing a mix of French Canadian and Scandinavian tunes on fiddle and accordion.

Up to 24 teams can play cornhole every hour, on the Farmhouse Square through advanced registration at $25 per person. Walk-ups are welcome for $50 per person if space allows. Beyond playing cornhole, there is cheering on the cornhole matches, this live musical entertainment, food trucks, the Thirsty Goat Pub and the Creemie Stand for a $5 per person suggested donation at the gate. Lawn chairs and sunscreen are encouraged by organizers as well as masks (optional) and social distancing.

Youth Services Corporate Sponsors for 2022 include Pacesetters Brattleboro Subaru, The Richards Group and Headwater Precision, Presenters: Chroma, NorthStar, GS Precision. Sustainers:Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors;Brattleboro Savings & Loan;C&S Wholesale Grocers;DMI Paving; Law Office ofCrispe & Crispe;Edward Jones Investment;H & R Block;New Chapter;802 Credit Union; Silver Forest of Vermont, Inc; Swiss Precision Turning; Vermont Country Deli and VSECU. Patron Sponsors are Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC; Market 32 Golub Foundation; Stevens & Associates; and Trust Co. of Vermont.  Associate Sponsors are: Cota & Cota, Inc; ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care;Phillips, Shriver, Dunn & Carroll; Shoe Tree and WW Building Supply.

For more information or to register a team of four or more ahead of Saturday, visit youthservicesinc.org/cornstock; email info@youthservicesinc.org; or call Registrar Kim Bonnette at (802) 257-0361 x131.

Fundraising Incentive Prizes for Youth Services’ CORNSTOCK 2022 Announced

Youth Service’s newest fundraiser, CORNSTOCK: Cornhole for a Cause! to be held at Retreat Farm on Saturday, May 21, will offer incentive prizes for participants who choose to raise at least $100 in sponsorship monies from friends and family instead of paying the $25 registration fee for cornhole players.

Dwayne Johnson builds a “designer” cornhole set for the top fundraiser of CORNSTOCK

The fundraising goal for the event is $20,000 and it will require cornhole players raising money as well as donations from spectators drawn by the sunny weather, the food trucks and live music, according to Youth Services organizers. There will be special awards for the top individual and top team fundraisers of the day and the highest fundraiser of every hour will be announced on the public address system.

The top individual prize will be a set of “designer” cornhole boards built by fine woodworker, Dwayne Johnson of Guilford. As someone who grew up in Illinois, which he described as a location where “the corn grows tall and corn hole games thrive,” Johnson said he was honored to be asked to make “competition ready and to specs” boards that were special and unique. Johnson describes cornhole as an increasingly popular lawn game in which players take turns throwing bean bags at a raised platform (board) with a hole in the far end until a team or player reaches or exceeds a score of 21.

“I chose the hardwoods of red oak and alder for the cornhole sets because they are heavy and strong and resilient like the individuals who have been served by Youth Services for 50 years,” Johnson explained.  The woodworker committed his career to inspiring young people, having taught trumpet and band to middle schoolers in Iowa for 45 years. Johnson designed each board with a rosette corner to “bring the boards home” to New England, where this design adorns many original door frames.

The teams that fundraise the most will win a pontoon boat ride on the Connecticut River with refreshments.

Donated services, restaurant gift cards and activities will add incentives for individual participants who break $250, $500, $1000 or $5000 levels by using email and social media to encourage donations to Youth Services.

“Most players putting in some effort can easily raise $250 in a couple of days, but we are preparing to be giving out at least 10 prizes for individuals breaking the $1000 level during this, the event’s inaugural year,” said Nanci Leitch, Development Director. “The on-line giving platform is designed to take most of the work out of fundraising. And we have staff dedicated to helping people use it,” she explained.

Restaurant gift certificates from TJ Buckley, Tito’s Taqueria, the Works Cafe and Blue Moose are also on the prize list, according to organizers, who are encouraging other businesses who can, to step forward this week with donations.  Fun activities and products are also part of the prize packages donated from places as varied as Brattleboro Bowl, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters and the Canoe Touring Center.

CORNSTOCK will be held from noon-6 pm at Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, on May 21 at Farmhouse Square on Rt. 30, but teams are encouraged to register as soon as possible to get the hour playing window they want. The $25 early registration fee per player is waived for those willing to find sponsors through peer-to-peer fundraising.  The registration fee doubles to $50 per person the day of the event, if lanes are available.  Spectators are welcome at a suggested $5 donation at the gate.

There is something for everyone: food trucks, the Thirsty Goat Pub, the Creemie Stand, live music and, of course, cornhole matches for groups of 4+ people (of all abilities) every hour on the hour.

For more information or to register a team of four or more, visit youthservicesinc.org/cornstock or email info@youthservicesinc.org or call (802) 257-0361 x131.

Journalist Annaliese Griffin joins Youth Services Board

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Annaliese Griffin, a journalist for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Marshall Project, Quartz and New York Magazine recently joined 11 other community members in serving on Youth Services’ board of directors.  Through twenty programs ranging from restorative justice, to mentoring, transitional living, workforce development and therapeutic case management, the nonprofit agency helps Windham County thrive.

Griffin has served on the Brattleboro Community Justice Center board since 2019 and as a volunteer there since 2016.  She has been a member of several of the center’s re-entry Circles of Support and Accountability, in which a team of trained community volunteers meet with individuals recently released from prison. The group helps with challenges such as finding a place to live and work, healing relationships and building new ones.

Mel Motel of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center recalled that when Griffin served as a member of the Town of Brattleboro’s Community Safety Review Committee in 2020, the journalist brought insights from the committee to her board membership, restorative justice volunteering, and the Center’s Neighborhood Restorative Justice Committee, which has explored ways to bring restorative justice to local neighborhoods and groups.

Instrumental in the decision of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center to merge with Youth Services’ Restorative Justice programs, Griffin said she is excited to see the merger benefit Windham County communities by bringing all existing restorative justice services under one roof in order to serve people better. “I also expect that the two organizations working together will develop more creative community-based restorative programs, Griffin stated.

Griffin splits her time as a journalist between writing and editing for a number of national publications.  Recently she joined Youth Services’ Public Relations committee where she hopes to use her expertise with the written word.

“Annaliese’s background as a journalist will help us sharpen our media relations efforts and our ability to explain the purpose behind concepts such as restorative justice with the broader community, stated Youth Services board president, Cathy Coonan.  “We also appreciate her enthusiasm for our fundraising events and as we fine-tune our volunteer training we look forward to tapping her experience as a Brattleboro Community Justice Center volunteer,” Coonan predicted.

The most recent addition to the Youth Service’ board, Griffin grew up in Springfield, Vermont and moved to Brattleboro with her family five years ago.

Youth Services’ Annual Golf Tournament received strong community, corporate support

A enthusiastic turn out by local golfers —78 in all — and strong corporate support, made Youth Services’ 34th Annual Golf Tournament a rousing success, generated nearly $15,000 to help underwrite the agency’s programs. The tournament was held at the Brattleboro Country Club on July 24, a breezy 80-degree day with sunny skies.

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The Elizabeth Walker team of Andrea Nelson, Eileen Ranslow, Terry Boyce and Elizabeth Walker won First Gross, with the Brattleboro Food Coop team of Bob Lyons, Sabine Rhyne, Jeff Houle and Tracy Sloan finishing First Net.

The Springfield Housing Authority team of Bill Morlock, Mike Augustauskas, David Nichols and Tracy Johnson took Second Gross with the Cersosimo Industries team of Michael Cersosimo, Brian Knowles, Bruce Davis and Wayne Wright taking Second Net.

Elizabeth Walker won the prize for the Women’s Longest Drive. Sabine Rhyne took Women’s Closest to the Line with Maggie Aldrich winning the prize for Women’s Closest to the Pin.

In the Men’s Division, Brian Knowles took the prize for Men’s Longest Drive. Dave Anderson took Men’s Closest to the Line with Paul Saccoccio winning Men’s Closest to Pin.

Youth Services’ Executive Director Russell Bradbury-Carlin, together with staff member Gail Bourque, ran a Putting Contest which raised close to $200 for the agency.  The winner of the Putting Contest was Bonnie McKellar.

For the sixth year in a row, there was a silent auction and over 50 items and services were raffled thanks to the generosity of local businesses who has supported the fundraiser with contributions in-kind.

Dave Manning helps helicopter pilot Michael Renaud with the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop raffle.

A special feature was the 7th year Helicopter Golf Ball Drop thanks to the Renaud Bros, Inc. helicopter, piloted by Mike Renaud and assisted by David Manning. Individuals did not need to be part of the tournament to buy golf balls, priced at $100 each, nor be present at the drop to win. Buckets of golf balls were dropped from 20 feet on the fairway at the Brattleboro Country Club, with the winner of the $3000 cash prize being Melanie Boese of Brattleboro, VT with ball #46.

Because of struggles with substance abuse in her family, Boese pledges to donate her winnings to Youth Services new Substance Abuse treatment program.  Jeff Morse and Gene Wrinn had the next closest balls. Melanie Boese was also top bidder on the helicopter ride that evening.

Winner of the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, Melanie Boese.

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR (Golf Tournament)

G. S. Precision

PRESENTING SPONSOR (Gala)

Twombly Wealth Management

SUSTAINER SPONSORS

Brattleboro Savings & Loan

Chroma Technology

ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care

Edward Jones Investments

New Chapter

River Valley Credit Union

Silver Forest of Vermont

Vermont Country Deli

 

PATRON SPONSORS

Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors

Brattleboro Retreat

C.E Bradley Laboratories

Chroma Technology

C & S Wholesale Grocers

Crispe & Crispe

David Manning Inc.

Downs Rachlin & Martin PLLC

Green Mountain Tents

Phillips, Shriver, Dunn & Carroll, PC

Rolls Royce Nuclear

Trust Company of Vermont

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS

Cota & Cota Oil Co.

Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation

Stevens & Associates, PC

True North Granola

WW Building Supply

MEDIA SPONSORS

Brattleboro Reformer

WTSA

 

Annual golf torney had strongest turnout in decade this year

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A very strong turn out by local golfers —116 in all — and strong corporate support, made Youth Services’ 31st Annual Golf Tournament a rousing success, generated over $20,000 to help underwrite the agency’s programs. The tournament was held at the Brattleboro Country Club on July 27, a warm 90 degree clear day. This was one of the highest turnouts since 2003, according to Russell Bradbury-Carlin, Youth Services executive director.

The team of Paul LaCoste, Mike Pacheco, Spencer Clason and Todd Waterman from H&R Block/Targett Ledgers won First Gross, with the Savings Bank of Walpole team of Steve Bianco, Gregg Tewksbury, Rick Wisell and Jason Kelley finishing First Net.

The Brattleboro Subaru Ford team of John Mundorf, Kevin Curtis, Ed Winseck and Manny Metaxes took Second Gross with the Brattleboro Savings & Loan team of Hugh Barber, Bill Crowley, George Roberge and Tammy Bischoff taking Second Net.

Allison Barber won the prize for the Women’s Longest Drive. Tracy Sloan took Women’s Closest to the Line with Kate McGinn winning the prize for Women’s Closest to the Pin.

In the Men’s Division, John Mundorf took the prize for Men’s Longest Drive. Dave Anderson took Men’s Closest to the Line with Jason Canaday winning Men’s Closest to Pin.

Youth Services’ Board member Rick Hashagen together with his grandson, Joshua Nordheim, ran a Putting Contest which raised $275 for the agency.  The winner of the Putting Contest was Guy Lindholm.

For the third year in a row, there was a silent auction and over 40 items and services were raffled thanks to the generosity of local businesses who has supported the fundraiser with gifts in kind.

A special feature was the 4th year Helicopter Golf Ball Drop thanks to the Renaud Bros, Inc. helicopter, piloted by Mike Renaud and assisted by his wife, Shirley. Individuals did not need to be part of the tournament to buy golf balls, priced at $100 each, nor be present at the drop to win. Buckets of golf balls were dropped from 20 feet on the fairway at the Brattleboro Country Club, with the winner of the $3000 cash prize being Lynn Herzog of Brattleboro, VT.  Bob Lyons of Newfane, VT, whose ball landed furthest from the pin won the 10-minute helicopter ride.

Pacesetters Sponsors are G.S. Precision; Brattleboro Ford Subaru; The Richards Group and TransCanada. Presenter Sponsors are People’s United Bank. Sustaining Sponsors are Brattleboro Savings & Loan; Chroma Technology; Edward Jones Investments; H & R Block; River Valley Credit Union; Swiss Precision Turning; Twombly Wealth Management; and Vermont Country Deli. Patron Sponsors are BAST Co; Brattleboro Retreat; C.E. Bradley Laboratories; David Manning Inc.; Trust Company of Vermont; Rolls Royce Nuclear; Savings Bank of Walpole; and VSECU. Associate Sponsors are Cota & Cota Oil Co. Parks Place Financial Advisors; and W.W. Building Supply.

All proceeds from the tournament helps support Youth Services’ programs.  Now celebrating its 44th year helping local families thrive, Youth Services transforms lives and inspires futures of more than 1500 local young people and families each year.

For more information or to get involved in Youth Services, call (802) 257-0361 or visit www.youthservicesinc.org

 

Helicopter Golf ball Drop

Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Raffle

 WIN $3000!  Help Homeless youth!

Click Here to Buy A Golf Ball to Compete!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at the Brattleboro Country Club during Youth Services’ Annual Golf Tourney

One golf ball for $100, maximum sold will be 100.

It’s as simple as that!

Buckets of numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter hovering over the 9th Fairway.  The closest ball to the pin wins its owner a CASH PRIZE of $3000!

(WINNER NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN CASH)

(call 802-257-0361 x123  to request specific ball)

DOWNLOAD SIGN UP & RULES SHEET

Sponsored by Renaud Bros., Inc.

SAVE THE DATE for 37th Annual Golf Tournament!

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BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE on April 1 benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program

Families, friends and teams from work are encouraged to save the date of Saturday, April 1 to celebrate the 36th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake to benefit  Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring program affiliated with Youth Services. The fundraising event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with teams signing up now for a one-hour time slot at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the signature event of Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across the country and is the primary fundraiser for BBBS of Windham County. The success of this event ensures that we are able to continue providing a high quality mentoring program to the wonderful children and youth right here in Windham County!

FIRST, register your team fundraising page by clicking on “set up your fundraiser” then click on “start your own fundraiser” think of a really cool name and set up your page.  Determine your team’s fundraising goal (we require a minimum goal of $50 per person).

NEXT, Register your team for a bowling time by clicking HERE

THEN, start asking friends, family, neighbors, employers, and coworkers to lend a hand by making a donation of their choice.

And Finally…. join us at Brattleboro Bowl on Saturday, April 1 for a fun-filled event with free food, a raffle, giveaways and prizes for individuals and teams that raise the most pledges!

**If you don’t want to start your own team, join someone else’s or donate to the team of your choice!

Learn more about BFKS 2017 here

If you prefer to raise money off-line or in addition to on-line, download:

Team Roster

Bowler Pledge Sheet

Team Captain Packet

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Tammy Richards wins Catamount Half Marathon

The Catamount Half Marathon & 5K Race was held on a beautiful fall day, Sunday, October 4 in Brattleboro, VT. The race benefiting Youth Services of Windham County. Tammy Richards, 41 of Williamsville, VT was the overall winner with a time of 1:22. In second place was David Foster, 45 of Manchester, NH with a time of 1:26. Third was Mike Adrian, 47 of Newfane, VT with a time of 1:30.  Dana McClelland, 33 of Vernon, VT was fourth at 1:31 with Tom Frost, 50 of Rindge, NH coming in fifth. The race started at the Brattleboro Retreat grounds on Route 30, crossing both the Dummerston Covered Bridge and the historic Rice Farm Road Bridge as well as following Route 30’s scenic West River corridor. Youth Services  recruited several dozen water station volunteers.

Youth Services’ Pacesetter Sponsors are Brattleboro Subaru, GS Precision and TransCanada. Lead race sponsors were Marlboro College & Graduate Center, and Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters. To see other race times, visit www.catamounthm.com  Youth Services has posted additional photos on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/youthservicesinc?fref=ts

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Runners and Volunteers Sought for Catamount Half Marathon and 5K Races on

 

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Brattleboro, VT—The Catamount Half Marathon, presented by 3 C Race Productions on Sunday, Oct. 4 is being held for the second time in Brattleboro, VT and benefits Youth Services of Windham County.

According to its organizers, the race will start again this year at the Brattleboro Retreat grounds on Route 30. It will run a very scenic course through rural Vermont crossing both the Dummerston Covered Bridge and the historic Rice Farm Road Bridge in Brattleboro, VT as well as along Route 30’s scenic West River corridor. The accompanying 5 K race will give family and friends of the half marathoners their chance to compete as well.

In addition to runners, Youth Services is recruiting 20-30 volunteers to staff each of the six water stations and help direct racers on the race course from 8 a.m. to noon the day of the event. As a result of manning water stops and handling course marshal duties, twenty percent of all entry fees will go directly to support Youth Services programs which provides transformative prevention, intervention and development programs for young people and families in Windham County, VT communities.

3 Race Productions is the same team behind the New England Half Marathon Tour featuring the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon (NH); the Killington Half Marathon (VT); The Freeport Half Marathon (ME); the Fall River Half Marathon (MA); the Colt State Park Half Marathon (RI) and many more.

According to organizers, all runners will be treated to a first class experience featuring ChronoTrack B-Tag Chip Timing by Yankee Timing; technical shirts for all half marathoners; t-shirts for all 5 K runners; finisher medals for half marathoners; pint glasses to overall and age group winners; 6 water stops; port-a-potties on the race course; post-race refreshments including fresh fruit and pastries; a top notch make-your-own goodie bag; and more.

The Half Marathon/5K entry fees are $60/$30 before Sept. 27; $70/$35 up until Oct. 3; and $80/$40 on Race Day. Lead race sponsors are Marlboro College and Graduate Center and Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters. To register, visit www.catamounthm.com To volunteer, email info@youthservicesinc.org or call (802) 257-0361.