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Note of appreciation: Many helped make ‘Carnevale Vergennes’ a success

It has been over a month since we’ve celebrated the 4th annual Carnevale Vergennes, and though the numbers are not quite finalized, we are confident that we will hit another record amount for fundraising. Again this year the event benefited three area non-profits: the Vergennes Opera House, the Vergennes Partnership and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes.
In the first year, 2014, we raised a little over $6,000, which was shared between two non-profits. In 2015 we more than doubled that with over $12,000 raised. Last year, we added a third beneficiary, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes and we raised over $21,000!
This year, when all is said and done, we estimate that Carnevale Vergennes will have raised just about $24,000 for these three non-profits. Astounding!
What fun we had too! Entertainment was expertly pulled together by musician, performer, actor and Charlotte resident Woody Keppel. Members of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brought their A game and musicians from throughout the area, including the Hokum Brothers made for a full night of exceptional entertainment and dancing … all around the theme for the evening, “The Circus of Life.” And there were games-a-plenty, just like at a carnival, created by Vergennes resident Dawn Wagner with prizes for participants generously donated by area merchants and others. There was food too, provided by a wonderful collaboration between Bar Antidote, 3 Squares Café, Park Squeeze and the Black Sheep Bistro.
Close to 150 guests were in attendance and when not watching the entertainment or dancing, they were busy bidding on silent auction items in the form of “experiences” that were donated by dozens of businesses and individuals. Donations included products, gift certificates, classes, dinners, cruises, weekend stays and so much more. Three grand prizes were awarded during the evening and they included a Newport, R.I., sailing trip, a Vergennes experience package and a very special stay at a 5-star historic hotel in Venice, Italy.
Though it is difficult to thank everyone and every business by name, we do want to give special thanks to our event sponsors. Their collective generosity set the foundation for us to build a spectacular evening. Our event sponsors include: Jeff and Andrew Fritz, Connie and Bill Houston, Attorney Gary Lange, the Markowski Family, RPM: Restoration Performance Motorcars, Vergennes Animal Hospital, Timothy and Lizbeth Ryan, Amanda Bodell and Jeffry Glassberg, Everywear for Everybody, Jackman Fuels, Michael and Lynn Donnelly, WhistlePig Farm, Foote’s Insurance, Renny and Lynne Perry, Don and Julie Peddie,  Garry Simpson Family, Abby and Robert Small, H.J. LeBoeuf & Sons Building & Contracting, Efficiency Vermont, Lauren Sivo Photography, and the stations of the Hall Communications Radio Group.
It takes a small city to do big things and it takes many hands working together to make an evening like Carnevale Vergennes such a success. Our organizations are eternally grateful for your support and we are all, once again, humbled by the generosity of the people in the greater Vergennes community. Thank you, thank you one and all.
Jeff Fritz, President, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes
Renny Perry, President, Vergennes Partnership
Gerianne Smart, President, Vergennes Opera House

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