SVHC's Harvest Ball Raises Record Donations

October 20, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—October 20, 2016— Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) hosted a sold-out crowd of more than 340 people at the 7th Annual Harvest Ball on September 10 at the Hubbell Homestead in Bennington. The event raised nearly $300,000, more than any event in the organization’s history.

The event, hosted by the SVHC Foundation, honored two individuals with 2016 Vision Awards. William Ketterer, MD, received the 2016 Health Care Leadership Award, and Brian Knight received 2016 Distinguished Community Service Award. The Vision Awards honor two individuals, a physician and a community member, for their efforts to advance the health system’s vision of healthier communities.

“It is through the contributions of people like Bill and Brian that this health system has become what it is, a place the communities we serve can rely on for the best medical care available anywhere,” said incoming chair of the Board of Trustees Tommy Harmon. “We are deeply grateful for their influence and their example.”

In addition, David Meiselman, Esq., immediate past chair of the SVHC Board of Trustees, was recognized for three years of service in that position. He has been on the Board since 2011.

Attendees answered the Putnam Challenge, a part of the evening’s program where attendees are called upon to emulate the generosity of hospital founders Henry Putnam, Sr., and Henry Putnam, Jr., with a total of $130,000 for continued updates and renovation to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. A match of $100,000, announced on the night of the event, brought the total to $230,000 for improved comfort and experience for local cancer patients.

“We are inspired and humbled by this tremendous show of support for our mission and the health of our community,” said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC’s president and CEO. “The generosity we’ve seen here sustains our commitment to providing exceptional care and comfort to the people we serve.”


The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation is the charitable giving and fundraising arm of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, Eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and Northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. In addition to the SVHC Foundation, SVHC consists of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, and SVMC Mountain Medical at the base of Mount Snow in West Dover. It also includes Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. To learn more, visit