BRGNS Fundraiser Was a Success

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Black River Good Neighbors

Black River Good Neighbor Services of Ludlow held its Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm over the weekend of October 1. The results exceeded everyone's expectations.

"A huge success" is how Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS Thrift Shop and Food Shelf, described the event. "The flow of customers was brisk from the opening on Friday until just before closing on Sunday." Audrey continued, saying "We've become an event that people look forward to. People came from as far away as Canada, Maine, New Hampshire and many other parts of Vermont. They realize that the bargains and the quality of merchandise are hard to beat."

The Board of Directors and the staff of Black River Good Neighbor Services want to thank the community for the many donations of clothing, housewares and furniture. Thank you to the many volunteers who worked long hours. Thank you to the Ludlow Country Store, DJ's Restaurant and Subway, who donated healthy, tasty food that kept all of the volunteers' energy levels up. Thank you to the individuals who baked goods and donated them for sale. The Board would also like to thank Ludlow Town Hall and Okemo Mountain for providing clothing racks for the sale items.

Jim Fuller, President of the BRGNS Board of Directors, added, "None of this could have happened without the generous donation of the buildings by the Fletcher Foundation and the Fletcher Farm School of Arts and Crafts. Jim also wanted to give a special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dwyer who allowed BRGNS to store furniture in one of their buildings. "The storage they provided allowed us to collect furniture throughout the year, which resulted in a huge part of our fund raising success" said Jim. Also adding to the success of the Rummage Sale were Susan Damone Blach who provided a hand-made quilt valued at $1,200 for raffling off. It was won by Phyllis Kathan of Ludlow. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Potter provided a hand made Doll House as a silent auction item that was won by Mike LeClair of Chester.

"We have the best volunteers and Board Members who donated an amazing number of hours, and we appreciate all of those in our community who believe in and support our mission," said Jim.

All the money that was raised will help cover fuel, food and rent assistance for those who qualify in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth. To make donations, or if you have any questions, please call Audrey Bridge at 228-3663.

The BRGNS Spring Rummage Sales dates have been set, so mark your calendar for May 21 to 23, 2010.

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