June 1, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Taylor Knoop, Development & Community Relations Director
Handbags for HOPE Supports Windham’s Early Educators
BRATTLEBORO, VT – The United Way of Windham County held its annual Handbags for HOPE event on Thursday, May 25 in Brattleboro, VT. The event raised a record $16,000 for United Way’s Fund for Quality Early Education, which provides grants to early educators for professional development, program enrichment, and program improvement and is administered by Windham Child Care Association.
All proceeds of the Handbags for HOPE event benefit the United Way’s Fund for Quality Early Education, which provides grants to early childhood educators and caregivers. The Fund was established in 2008 to address the need for quality early education and to provide opportunities for Windham County providers to access continued education, collaborate with other providers, and to engage in the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS), Vermont’s quality rating.
Handbags for HOPE featured a silent and live auction of over 100 unique items, with Jean Gilbert offering spirited commentary as auctioneer. The auction items included designer bags by Kate Spade, Coach, and Michael Kors, artisan-made bags, totes, purses, evening bags, backpacks, and many one-of-a-kind items. Auction items were donated by local stores and businesses, designers, artists, and community members.
Delicious food was provided by Grafton Village Cheese, Hardy Foard Catering, Top Tier Baking Co., and The Vermont Country Deli, with a cash bar provided by the VFW Hall. The event was sponsored by The Merchants Bank Foundation, Union Institute & University, Downs Rachlin Martin, Stevens & Associates, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Brattleboro Subaru, Derby Building and Woodwork, Let’s Grow Kids, River Valley Credit Union, Walpole Savings Bank, The B’s Nest, The Richards Group, The Brattleboro Retreat, with in-kind support by The Brattleboro Reformer, Kelly Fletcher Photography, WKVT and WTSA.
The mission of the United Way of Windham County is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community. Working with volunteers, donors, service providers, businesses, and others, United Way is creating HOPE for Windham County by investing in health, opportunity, prosperity, and education initiatives. For more information or to donate to the Fund for Quality Early Education, visit www.unitedwaywindham.org.