Annual golf tournament raises $9,000 for Howard Center

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Annual golf tournament raises $9,000 for Howard Center

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 3:39am -- tim

Laurie Tostenson, Betsy Cain, Matt Dugener-Chapter President Back row: Walter Reed, Jay Welenc, John King, Ed Vizvarie

Vermont Business Magazine Members of the Vermont Chapter of the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) recently presented Howard Center with a check for more than $9,000, raised through the group’s annual golf tournament at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the event which benefits Howard Center's Outdoor Challenge programming. The Outdoor Challenge activities give youth the opportunity to participate in therapeutic outdoor adventures while building lasting skills. Since the first year of the tournament, the IEHA has contributed more than $162,127 for outdoor challenge programming.

The tournament is the work and effort of many, including Ed Vizvarie, Howard Center Director of Facilities, who has enthusiastically helped coordinate the fundraiser for 22 years. Vizvarie says, “I am proud to be a member of IEHA and work for Howard Center. I get to see firsthand how all the funds from this event are used to support children and education. Besides, it’s such a fun way to spend a day and raise money for a great cause!”

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 we helped more than 16,000 people. Howard Center is a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont.