SVHC's Jingle Bell Raises $170,000

January 22, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—January 22, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation’s (SVHC) 2nd Annual Jingle Bell held on December 5 at the Hermitage Club in Wilmington, VT, hosted a sell-out crowd of 230 guests and raised $170,000 for the relocation of the organization’s Deerfield Valley Clinic, the new linear accelerator for the SVHC Regional Cancer Center, and other health care initiatives.

The Jingle Bell included a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing to the New York Players. The program also included a raffle and live auction.

“We are so pleased by the turn-out for this event in just our second year,” said Leslie Keefe, SVHC’s vice president for corporate development. “We want to especially thank our hosts, Jim and Donna Barnes of The Hermitage Club, our Jingle Bell Committee, and the numerous local business and community members that donated fabulous items for our raffle and live auction—and not to be forgotten are our spirited attendees, it’s their generosity that made the evening an incredible success.”

The Hermitage Club was the presenting sponsor of the 2nd Annual Jingle Bell, and lead sponsors were Berkeley Research Group, BMA Architects, Flowers by Cara, and Sausville Construction. Raffle and live auction items were donated by: Von Bargen’s Jewelry; Don Albano; Mr. Gary Churchhill; Mount Snow; The Taconic Hotel; Jim and Donna Barnes; Barry and Marsha Reardon; Bruce and Nancy Mullen; Kristen and Mark Wallace; Richard and Pamela Ader; Walker Kimball as well as many others. The Jingle Bell Committee was made up of SVHC and community volunteers, and helped develop and organize the event.

Next year’s Jingle Bell will be on December 3rd at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont, for information contact the SVHC Foundation at 802-447-5017.


Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the SVHC Foundation; the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit