7:30 – 10 a.m. UCS Go the Distance 5KKick start your day with some invigorating exercise. Registration for the United Counseling Service’s (UCS) Go the Distance 5K, Kids Fun Run, and SVHC’s World-Record Jump Rope Race begins at 7:30 a.m. at UCS, 316 Dewey Street in Bennington. The 5K race begins at 9 a.m., and the Kids’ Fun Run begins immediately following the race. Visit active.com to register in advance.
10 a.m. Parade Line-upJoin the ranks of SVMC's Centennial Community Day Parade and march from United Counseling Service, 100 Ledgewood Drive, up through the hospital's main campus.
10:30 - 11 a.m. Parade and Opening CeremoniesThe Cambridge Band will begin at the UCS Parking Lot and parade up Hospital Drive to the Fair Grounds, the parking lot between Medical Office Building and Centers for Living and Rehabilitation. The Parade specifically honors our cancer survivors and their families, our guests of honor for the day’s festivities. The Parade will be followed by opening remarks.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Day-Long ActivitiesEnjoy a free, old-fashioned barbecue, fair-style treats, games and prizes, rides, touch-a-truck exhibit, photo booth, and more! It’s all free and open to all in honor of 100 years of caring. Plus, you can discover the fun at the Cancer Center Community Crusaders Cupcake Contest fundraiser, DJ, and vendor booths.
12 p.m. Youth PerformancesTune in for a performance of "Ja-Da," a song written in 1918, by Bennington Elementary Chorus; a performance by the Mount Anthony Union High School Choruses; and a number by the gymnasts of MAYCA Studio.
12:15 p.m. World-Record Jump Rope Race StartThat’s right! Community members are joining together to make an exciting attempt to break a world record for the largest jump rope race. Online sign-up is available within UCS’s Go the Distance 5K on active.com and throughout the morning of the event. The race starts at the Monument Avenue Entrance Lot.
12:45 p.m. Renowned Circus Artist Joshua J. Superstar of CircOvation
1 p.m. An Official Proclamation, a Few Remarks, and CakeThe official ceremonies for the day include the reading of Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Centennial Proclamation and comments from SVHC’s President and CEO Tom Dee. This part of the program will culminate with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” by the renowned Frosty Four and birthday cake for all.
2 – 4 p.m. Music, Music, MusicLocal legend Julie Shea will keep the party going right on through the food, games, and fun of the day, including a special tribute to those lost to cancer and their families and caregivers.
4 p.m. Closing RemarksWe’ll end the day with thanks for our community and staff before looking forward to our next century of caring.