Folks throughout Chittenden County are getting ready to take to the ice for Howard Center’s March 11 annual Curling Challenge fundraiser, all in support of Howard Center. This year’s event features 32 teams, with several local high schools joining teams from the community, many sponsored by local businesses. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and Dinse Knapp McAndrew are just a few of the sponsors who have teams this year and were some of the original sponsors when the event was created in 2010. Other sponsors include Geri Reilly Real Estate, Price Chopper, Tech Group, Tech Vault, and Kittell Branagan and Sargent. In addition, numerous other businesses contribute to the event’s success.
Ingrid Temer (center) from Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT, presents a sponsorship check of $5,000 to Howard Center’s Catherine Simonson (left) and Sandy McGuire (right). Courtesy photo.
The Green Mountain Curling Club, with assistance from the Rutland Rocks Curling Club, provides instruction and equipment for all participants, and teams compete throughout the day at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. In addition to competing on the ice, teams vie for other prizes—best team name, best costume, and best team spirit, as well as top fundraising prizes.
Money raised from the event will support some of the essential Howard Center programs that help individuals and families in our community, including 24/7/365 crisis services, residential programs, specialized schools, mentoring programs, street outreach, and substance use treatment and recovery.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, www.howardcenter.org (link is external).
Source: Burlington, VT— Howard Center. Howard Center offers life-saving professional crisis and counseling services to children and adults; supportive services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities who need help with education, employment, and life maintenance skills; counseling and medical services for those struggling with substance use disorders, and intensive interventions and supports for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges. Last year Howard Center helped more than 16,000 people. Howard Center is a funded agency of the United Way of Chittenden County.