We sponsor various events and fundraisers throughout the year to support the recovery and rehabilitation programs for our veterans.
E-Bike Raffle Winners Announced!
Ashton Morvan, 23, of Northfield (pictured at right), was the lucky winner of a Jasion electric bicycle, the grand prize in our fall fundraiser. Second prize of $200 was won by Robert Nelson of Randolph, and third prize of $100 was won by Jamie Bariteau. The raffle, which kicked off on Labor Day Weekend and culminated with the drawing on November 11, Veterans Day, netted almost $5000 for the Veterans' Place. Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets. You are our heroes! And to those of you who did not win, you are supporting a very worthy cause, and there is always next year!
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the 8th Annual Granite City 5K on November 5. The event netted nearly $20,000 in proceeds for our services and programs. Whether you sponsored us, ran, walked, bid on the online auction, or donated an auction item, you contributed to the success of this annual fundraiser.
Norwich University Air Force ROTC Cadets Headline Granite City 5K
Nearly 80 runners and walkers ranging in age from 6 to 86 waited at the starting line for the 10:00am start of the 8th Annual Granite City 5K Run/Walk for Veterans on November 5. A little over an hour later, the last walkers to cross the finish line of the 3.12-mile course—a colorfully clad mother and daughter team—received a hearty round of applause.
Taking first place honors with a time of 18 minutes, 12.8 seconds was 20-year-old Nate Palter, a Norwich University junior who registered for the competition with 24 fellow airmen and women from Air Force ROTC Detachment 867. One of them, freshman rook Joseph Rauch, finished 37 seconds later, good enough for second overall and first in the 19-and-under age group. Palter, who runs cross-country for Norwich, was gracious in victory. “I was thrilled to finish first and alongside several of my Norwich Air Force cadets,” said the Computer Security and Information Assurance major. “We all look forward to serving our great Nation soon, and we want to support Veterans organizations such as this because we have a special bond of affection for the men and women that have served before us.”
Capturing first place in the 19-and-under female category was Grace Richardson, another AFROTC cadet. “As a newly enlisted member in the Vermont Air National Guard, I was excited to go out and represent Vermont and Norwich University at this event,” said the freshman rook from Phoenix, Arizona. In accepting her award, Richardson acknowledged classmate Delilah Avery, who crossed the finish line less than a tenth of a second behind her. “I had a great time honoring the legacy of those that served before us, and the finish with my fellow Air Force cadet was very close,” she added. Richardson also gave a warm shout out to American Legion Post #1819 for generously sponsoring the AFROTC cadets.
Other notable performances include top female finisher Jessica Cotnoir, a nurse practitioner from Williamstown, who crossed the finish line at 27:10. Taking the honors for the oldest participant was 86-year-old Joan Hart of Barre, while the oldest male to lace up was Dick Ferno, 79, of Williamstown. Finally, 64-year-old Darrel Lasell of Williamstown took first in the men’s over-50 category (and a respectable 20th overall) in 27:19.7, despite having completed a Fallen Leaves 5K only half an hour earlier in Montpelier!
The GC5K—the largest single fundraiser of the year for The Veterans’ Place—is a collaboration between The Barre Partnership, SAL Squadron #10, and Barre Elks Lodge 1535, with support from the Veterans’ Place Board of Directors. Special thanks are owed to the following Northfield Community sponsors who helped The Veterans’ Place reach its fundraising goals: Sorrel-Maynard Post #63, AL Post #1819, Depot Square Pizzeria, North Main Service, Northfield Granite & Marble, Northfield Pharmacy, Gillespie Fuels & Propane, Northfield Savings Bank, Trombly's Greenhouse, Kenyon's Hardware, Trans-Video, Law Office of William Smith, Falls General Store, and Mayo Healthcare.
Sleep-out for homelessness
march 17&18, 2023
Thank you to everyone for making
our inaugural sleep-out a success!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NEXT YEAR'S SLEEP-OUT: MARCH 17&18, 2023
The Veterans’ Place, Inc., with the help of Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement, hosted its inaugural “Sleep-Out for Homelessness” encampment on the Crescent across from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. The event was intended to raise awareness of Veteran homelessness, and all proceeds raised by donations directly benefit The Veterans’ Place. As an added service component, items such as socks, hats, gloves and scarves were collected prior to the event and put in angel bags to be delivered to the Good Samaritan Haven in Barre, which provides shelter and services to persons experiencing homelessness.
Almost 30 people volunteered to sleep out in tents overnight, among them, Norwich students (cadets and civilians), community members, six members of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 26-1, two Veterans' Place residents, and one former resident.
Friday night's program included a talk by Montpelier Police Officer Victor Hinojosa and a campfire at the Shaw Outdoor Center with beef stew and veggie chili prepared by our own Chef Pete. Local guitarist Mike Macijeski provided some ambient music during the meal, which was followed by a sharing of personal experiences of homelessness by Veterans.
Saturday morning's program featured decorated army combat veteran Morgana Isenberg, a Veteran Outreach Program Specialist from the Vet Center in White River Junction. Isenberg shared a few of her own experiences, including a period of homeless-ness, and talked about the services she provides. In addition, Isenberg's mobile Vet Center was parked at the Crescent and available for people to check out.
The Veterans' Place wishes to acknowledge the contributions of NU's Center for Civic Engagement, Tops Markets, AL Post #1819, Darn Tough Socks, The NU Knit and Crochet Club, and Bob Weggler and the Norwich University Men's Rugby Team, without whom this event would not have been possible.