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2020-21 Annual Fund

Those we serve are at the heart of everything we do—helping people to grow, develop, recover and lead their best possible lives.  

We welcome your unrestricted donations to our General Fund or your contributions to one of our named funds. With your help we can continue to provide much-needed individual and group services and education, and reduce mental health stigma in our community.  

General Fund

Donations to our General Fund will be used to support services and programs in all areas, as determined by current needs. 

Charlie's Fund

Charles “Charlie” Goodwin was hardworking, always holding down several jobs. His love of animals inspired him to volunteer at Second Chance Animal Shelter. Charlie’s Fund supports efforts to raise awareness of the importance of wellbeing by reducing the stigma often associated with seeking treatment. The fund assists with programming and education designed to fight stigma and support understanding. People with mental health conditions are not alone, and Charlie’s fund helps us get the word out.

Erin Skaar Memorial Fund

Erin cared deeply about both the two- and four-legged residents of Bennington County. Those who knew and loved her would say, “She would care for any critter that crossed her path in need of love and nurturing.” Erin extended her heart to others, and her memorial fund will carry out her wish to help alleviate suffering. Contributions will be used to facilitate a way out for those in violent relationships, improve advocacy for children, enable participation in equine-assisted psychotherapy, and conduct outreach to the greater Bennington community.

Gregory S. Hillman Fund

Gregory S. Hillman was a spirited young man who had attended Reed College. He was a highly accomplished musician and athlete, always there for friends in need. Hillman Fund supports youth suicide prevention initiatives, including providing Youth Mental Health First Aid training and additional youth suicide prevention programs at no cost to the community.

Various 5k participants warming up with coach Andrea Malinowski. Many are dressed in superhero costumes. 2020 Superhero 5K Sponsor: Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal, MVP Health Care, Heritage Family Credit Union, Northeast Benefits Management

Superhero 5K went virtual for 2020!

Thanks to the support of our super sponsors, heroic planning and organization by UCS staff, and enthusiastic community participation, our virtual Superhero 5K was a success—participants trained for weeks ahead, ran outdoors or on their treadmills, and got a bit healthier and happier in the process! 

The Barn Sale Committee posing for a picture on the steps of Riley Rink - where the sale is held.

The Barn Sale raised over $70,000

After a year’s hiatus, our 2021 event was warmly welcomed by bargain hunters from near and far. 

Proceeds from the annual Barn Sale are earmarked for UCS’s Northshire programs, including substance abuse recovery, outpatient mental health counseling, youth and family services, psychiatry, and other individual and group services supporting mental health. 

Committee Chair: Craigin Salsgiver

A branch of The Bank of Bennington

Mentoring at UCS: Thank you to The Bank of Bennington

Although our annual Bowlathon was canceled due to the pandemic, longtime Mentoring sponsor The Bank of Bennington stepped up with a contribution equal to its usual sponsorship, helping us keep our vital program in the pink.

Together, we are building a stronger community.
Thank you to our 2020-21 donors!

$10,000 and up 

John and Barbara Ann Reilly 

 

$5000–$9,999  

Anonymous 

VCF Vermont COVID-19 Response Fund 

Constance West 

 

$2500–$4,999  

Judith Buechner 

Peter and Claudia Kinder 

 

$1,000–$2499  

Anonymous (2) 

Gillian and Austin Chinn 

Brian and Janice Cunningham in honor of David O’Brien’s dedicated service to UCS 

William J. and Linda B. Drunsic 

Cheryl L. Ehrgott, Esq. 

Peter and Lisa Hillman in memory of Gregory Scott Hillman 

Robert and Cora May Howe 

Langdon Wheeler and Kathy Metcalfe 

Town Fair Tire Foundation 

Vermont Community Foundation

 

$500–$999 

Anonymous 

Christopher M. Elwell 

Mary and David Hazelton in honor of Lori Vadakin 

Juliette Combe Larson 

Cheryl Parker O’Connor 

Craigin H. Salsgiver 

Secure Shred 

Aaron Warner 

 

$250–$499 

Anonymous (2) 

Abacus Automation 

Jennifer Beattie 

GVH Studio, Inc  

Richard and Ann Jackson 

The Mulcahy Family in memory of Julie Held 

Charles and Elaine Letourneau 

Linda Lyons  

Pam and Keith Nemlich in memory of Gerrit Kouwenhoven 

Joseph O’Dea 

Kevin J. Sprague 

Lori Vadakin 

Jess and Rosalinda Weiner 

Town of Winhall 

 

$100–$249 

Anonymous (2) 

Leslie Addison and Jim Sullivan 

John and Karen Ahearn 

Bernard and Celia Bandman 

Pat and Jack Bennett 

Roger and Julia Bolton in memory of Nick Danforth 

Bill and Ruth Botzow 

Ben Brumaghim in memory of Jeanne Brumaghim 

Kenneth and Lila Cestone 

Charles and Kathryn Chamberlain 

Kathy and Roger Clark 

James and Laura Clune 

John and Lisa Cueman 

Dawn Danner 

Mark Davis 

Wade and Roberta Devlin-Scherer 

Jane and Stephen Duda 

Donald Ferrell in honor of my beloved Joanna Mintzer 

Danielle Fogarty 

Penelope Galusha 

Barbara Geer in honor of Pam Bolus 

Audrey Giumarra 

John and Bonnie Halpin in honor of Robert Thompson 

Huc Hauser 

Darlene J. Hazelton in memory of Ray Andrews 

Rich and Martha Heilemann 

Andrew Hildick-Smith and Claire Jacobus 

Stuart and Colleen Hoskins 

Hugh Johnson 

Betty Kenyon 

Ellen D. Kouwenhoven in memory of Gerrit Kouwenhoven 

Robert Fallon and Joan Leenig 

Frederick and Maureen Loy 

Heidi Lynn 

Claire Lyons 

Ellen Maloney and John Ezell 

Lorna and Tom Mattern 

McEvoy Charitable Fund 

Michael and Susan McKenna 

Curtis Merrow 

Michael Molloy 

Muller Family Charitable Fund 

David and Gail O’Brien in honor of Vic Martini 

Julie Pagliccia  

Ralph and Mary Provenza 

Betsy Rathbun-Gunn 

Raymond James 

Judith Rudiakov in honor of Lisa Rudiakov 

Nancy and Jim Russell 

Alice and Ross Sandler in honor of Joanna Mintzer’s birthday 

Peter and Nancy Scattergood Donavan 

Daniel and Eileen Simpson in memory of Julie Haynes Held  

Rev. Thomas and Nancy Steffen in memory of Gerrit Kouwenhoven 

Christine Stroffoleno

 

Up to $99 

Anonymous (2) 

Rita Allard 

Alan Bashevkin and Nancy Pearlman 

Lois M. Beardwood 

The Benefity Community Impact Fund 

Bennington Express Lube 

Ron Brunk and Ron Palmieri 

C.L. White, Inc. 

Patricia B. Campbell 

Sandra Castelbaum 

Marlyn Couture in memory of Kimberly Couture Rist 

Jordan E. and Derry Dickinson 

Dean Dixon 

John and Margaret Donovan 

Noreen and Frederick Dunn 

John and Mary English 

First Baptist Church 

Jon and Heidi French 

Linda and Thomas Goertz 

Ruth Goldstone 

Vallis Goodermote 

Marie and Louis Guariniello 

Kathy and Henry Hall 

Dorothy C. Halvorsen 

Hannaford 

Dean Hanson 

Elaine Harwood in memory of Cathy Shepherd 

Scott Hewitson 

Bruce and Lynda Hobson 

Ruth Hoffman 

David and Shirley Hosley in honor of Jeffrey Casey 

Zoey Howe 

Mary Jepson 

William and Lori Jerome 

Edwin I. Lawrence 

Richard Lederer 

Alan and Terry Lindsey 

Mary Jane Liporace 

Gennaro and Diana Lobosco 

Patricia G. Lovell in memory of Karen L. Doyle 

Dolores K. Mahlmann in honor of Andrea Malinowski 

Allison Malmborg 

Linda R Maness 

Katherine Marcoux 

Olivia R. Marko 

Janet Maroney 

McClintock Law Office PC 

Mary McGuinness 

Ross McIntyre and Helen P. Whyte

Claire Merritt in honor of Joanna Mintzer 

Philip and MaryBeth Monahan 

Martin and Valerie E. Oakland 

Kristen E. Olmstead 

Ron Palmieri 

Leo and Susan Plante 

Wendy Powell 

Virginia and Albert T. Ray 

Helen Rogers 

Katherine Rose 

Kevin Stadnik 

Richard Sylwester 

Robert and Sarah Treat 

Ally Vadakin 

Heather Vernon 

Wassick Tire Service 

Grace Winslow 

 

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