Stowe Vermont – November 13, 2012 – Stowe Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $10,000 to Copley Hospital and $10,000 to The Vermont Foodbank. The donations are the net proceeds from Stowe Charities’ signature event, the 2012 Stowe Wine and Food Classic. “The Classic” is held each year in the fields at the Trapp Family Lodge. In its 14 year history, the event has raised close to $250,000 for Vermont charities
Attendance for the full slate of weekend activities increased this year as the event has become the premier food and wine event in the North East attracting some of the region’s top chefs and restaurants.
The 2012 event paired featured signature dishes from Vermont’s leading chefs with top rated wines from around the world, including the featured wineries of Ravenswood and Bedrock. The weekend was kicked off with a tasting at the West Branch Gallery in Stowe before moving to the Trapp Family Lodge for artisanal cheese and local craft beer pairings, an oyster and wine seminar, a Gala Saturday night dinner and the Sunday Grand Tasting event. The 15th annual Stowe Wine and Food Classic is schedule to be held June 21-23, 2013 at the Trapp Family Lodge.
“We are thrilled that the event continues to grow not only in attendance but also in profile so that we can spread the word about the great work done by our beneficiary charities,” said the incoming President of Stowe Charities, Inc. Donna Cox-Davies. “And as we broaden the reach of the event with visitors coming from New York, Boston, Montreal and across the US, we can also profile the world class chefs and vendors from Vermont.”
Donna is the owner of D2 Solutions, LLC, a Morrisville-based marketing communications and public relations agency. Drawing on her years of charity work and fund raising experience in both the US and Canada, Donna became involved in the event’s planning committee two years ago and was named to the Stowe Charities Board of Directors last year. Donna replaces the Board’s outgoing Chairman Ed Schwarz of Fine Wine Cellars.
About Stowe Charities Inc.
Stowe Charities, Inc. is a 501c(3) charitable organization formed in 2008 for the purpose of raising funds for charitable organizations in Vermont. Each year Stowe Charities, Inc. presents its signature fundraising event, the Stowe Wine and Food Classic, which is a one-of-a-kind food and wine experience, taking participants from farm to table and vine to glass. Over the past 14 years the event has raised close to $250,000 for Vermont area charities including this year’s beneficiaries, Copley Hospital and The Vermont Foodbank.
About Copley Hospital
Copley Hospital is greater LamoilleCounty’s non-profit community hospital. It was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Copley provides excellent, compassionate care in several core services, including: women’s and children’s health services, emergency services, general surgery and orthopedics, along with access to a variety of medical specialists including cardiology, OB/GYN, oncology, sleep medicine and urology on its campus in Morrisville. Committed to fostering wellness, Copley sponsors community education opportunities, focusing primarily on diabetes, obesity, heart health, and personal safety. Last year, Copley provided more than $1 million in charitable care. Visit www.copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8888 for more information.
About the Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2011, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters. A member of Feeding America, it is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.
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