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Community Fund Fund-Raiser A Success

May 6, 2015

VIRS’ 10th Annual Yolande Henry Community Fund Fund-raiser, held May 2 at Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium in Burlington, was a wonderful success! The performer, Arkady Belozovsky, was fabulous — his stories and adventures were both funny and inspiring, and it was a joy to see so many members of the Deaf community come together in support of the Community Fund.

The Yolande Henry Community Fund pays for sign language interpreters for weddings, funerals and family gatherings in Vermont which are not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), thus sparing the families considerable interpreter expenses for these important life events and assuring that Deaf loved ones are able to attend. The Community Fund is funded entirely by this annual fund-raiser and by individual contributions.

Special thanks to the interpreters who donated their time: Stephanie Cramer, Bridget McBride, Lindsey Bixler, Mechelle Palmer, Joan Pellerin and Patrick Galasso, and to the volunteers who helped with ticket sales and other logistics: Lynette Reep, Janet Dattilio, Margaret Paul, Mary Gordon, plus Sarah Launderville, Kim Brittenham Missy Boothroyd and Shannon Reynolds, from VCIL. You all helped this event to be smooth and worry-free!

An extra thanks goes out to Sorenson Communications who donated a beautiful 39-inch color TV for the raffle, and whose name was inadvertently left off the list of contributors who were thanked in the program.

Also, warmest thanks to those who weren’t able to attend the fund-raiser, but who donated generous amounts to the Community Fund anyway. We are so grateful for everyone’s support!