The Spirit of the Summer Gala—an event designed to bring the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) community safely together in a virtual way—welcomed more than 400 attendees and raised more than $78,000 July 17 – 31, 2020.
“The Spirit of the Summer Gala was an incredible success by all measures,” said Leslie Keefe, the vice president of Corporate Development at SVHC. “It was so inspiring and just what the community needed at this time.”
The event included a video presentation from SVHC leaders and a concert by world-renowned vocalist Maxine Linehan. The event’s highlight was the debut of an original song Linehan and her husband, songwriter, and producer Andrew Koss wrote together. It is called “Stronger Together.” Written specifically for the event, the song honors of frontline healthcare workers locally and worldwide.
“This was a tremendous gift from these two exceptionally talented musicians,” said Leslie Keefe, vice president for Corporate Development at SVHC. “Against the odds, the song and Maxine’s performance made this year’s event every bit as special as the Galas of the past.”
The event finished with a fun and exciting playlist from media sponsor WEQX 102.7 FM, so virtual attendees could dance at home.
Virtual attendees were encouraged to order to-go meals from local restaurants on July 17, which supported the event with a percentage of the proceeds from event-related meals. Miller’s Toll in Bennington created a signature cocktail specifically for the event, and attendees who contributed $200 or more received a commemorative gift.
Raffle winners included the following lucky attendees:
- $10,000 Cash: Patti Miller
- Fine Art Painting donated by George Van Hook: Robert Haley
- Pair of Apple Watches donated by Dr. and Mrs. Justin P. Salem: Sue Burns
All proceeds of the event benefit SVHC’s efforts toward continued readiness for and recovery from COVID-19.
“We owe very special thanks to our volunteer committee members, our incredibly generous sponsors, and each and every attendee,” Keefe said. “This health system is successful due, in large part, to the support it receives. We are so grateful.”
Richard and Pamela Ader Foundation
Radiology Associates of Bennington
Roby Harrington III
MSK Engineering and Design
VNA Hospice of the SW Region of Vermont
Jon and Laurie Cohen
BKD CPAs and Advisors
Shaftsbury Insurance Agency
Hayden Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
At Home Senior Care
Chrissy and Jason Morrissey
Four Chimneys Inn
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Rogge
Susan and Michael McKenna
Shaw's Supermarket - Manchester
Jason P. Morrissey Law
Carol Patterson, Co-chair
Christiana Salem, Co-chair