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Annual Mingle Offers Mud Season Fun

April 24, 2013

At the 4th Annual Mud Season Mingle on April 18, the Vermont Center for Independent Living offered an antidote to those tired of being mired in muck.

Mud Season Mingle attendees included VCIL board members, legislators and other community and business leaders. Refreshments, including a special “dirt cake” adorned with gummy worms as well as cream puffs drizzled with “mud,” were enjoyed by all. Office tours were available during the event and staff members were on hand to answer questions from people wanting to become more familiar with VCIL.

VCIL is a statewide nonprofit organization based in Montpelier that offers programs and services for people with disabilities.

VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville welcomed people to the event and encouraged them to make a donation to the organization, which is experiencing financial challenges especially in the face of looming federal budget cuts.

“My father used to tell me, ‘You have to give until it hurts,’” said Launderville, adding that the director of a board upon which she serves advises people to give until they feel good. “I encourage you all to give until it feels really, really good,” quipped Launderville.

A highlight of the event was the music provided by Mary L. Collins and Don Tobey of the Summit School of Traditional Music & Culture. These gifted guitarists/singers sweetened the evening with their beautiful melodies.

For the first time, this year’s Mud Season Mingle featured a raffle with prizes generously donated by Bear Pond Books, Buch Spieler, Guy’s Farm & Yard, Village Pizza and Peg Franzen of Montpelier. Botanica Florals and Shaw’s also helped to make the event a success.

“Don’t let mud season get you down. Instead spring over to VCIL for a break and some cake,” said Development Officer Dhiresha Blose, adding that she hopes the Mud Season Mingle will draw more people next year and that the raffle will be even bigger and better.

For more information about VCIL’s programs and services or to make a donation, please call 802-229-0501 or 1-800-639-1522 or visit