At Grace Cottage’s Hospital Fair Day on Saturday, August 5, fairgoers were extremely generous, reaching deep into their pockets to buy bargains, “treasures,” food, and activities.
Despite the challenging weather, proceeds raised in one day, excluding the fair expenses, totaled approximately $60,000, almost the same as last year’s tally. This year’s Fair Day proceeds are going towards a new, urgently-needed, heating/air-conditioning/ventilation system that will be installed before this winter.
On behalf of Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital’s employees and patients, we want to send out a huge thank you to Grace Cottage’s Auxiliary. Organizing this incredibly successful event is a Herculean effort, and these volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to collect household items, furniture, books, and toys for sale and auction. There were over 200 volunteers on the Townshend Common on fair day, in addition to those who donate their time to set up the week in advance and take it down the day after, plus those who sort auction and white elephant items for months in advance, and those who bake pies and other goodies before the fair.
The incredible support of our grateful community is part of the reason that this small rural hospital has been awarded the distinction of “A Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in the United States for Patient Satisfaction” and, in the Brattleboro Reformer’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards, “Best Place to Work.” Thank you to our Auxiliary for helping to support the healing that takes place here.
Development and Community Relations, Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital