Archive | May, 2012

Thank You to our Donors!

23 May

• Hidden Pond Foundation – Morristown, NJ: In response to a recent request from Daniel and Tamara Kilmurray, it is with great pleasure thet I enclose a check. . . This donation is to be put specifically toward the Wilmington Fund.          My wife Janet and I are honored and privileged to support the restoration and redevelopment of the historic Town of Wilmington.  We wish the Kilmurrays and the rest of the Wilmington Fund board members great success in their fundraising efforts and applaud them for their efforts in bringing this historic town Back to life after the tragic flooding from Hurricane Irene.  Sincerely, J. Peter Simon

• William Simon Foundation – New York, NY: Thank you for the letter and information that you sent on behalf of The Wilmington Fund.  We think highly of the important work you are doing to help the city of Wilmington recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Irene.  With regards, Bill Simon, Co-Chairman

• Anonymous – Morristown, NJ:  This donation is being made to specifically support the Wilmington Fund and its efforts to restore the historic town after the tragic flooding from Hurricane Irene.

• Purjes Foundation – Hackensack, NJ:  Ed Purjes and myself are very happy to make this donation to the Wilmington Fund.  We would appreciate it greatly if these funds were used for the purpose of rebuilding Dot’s Restaurant.  Thanking you in advance for your cooperation in this manner.  Respectfully yours, Dan Purjes

• Herbert Cummings, Trustee for Monica Cummings

• Mary Eagan, Marie Eagan – Levittown, NY:  Hope this helps!  Thanks

• Rosanna Leone – Massapequa Park, NY

• Sunne Village Association – Brewster, NY:  Please accept this donation from the homewoners in Sunne Village Association, West Dover, Vermont.  We hope it helps in the restoration efforts as you see needed.  Regards, Vivian Taylor, Sunne Village Association Treasurer

• Liz and Mark Richards – Brattleboro, VT

• Mark Fuhrman – Old Bethpage, NY

• Peter Yeskel – Annapolis, MD:  Please find enclosed a donation to the Wilmington Fund. . .  This donation is made in the honor of John and Beth Greene.  Best of luck with the difficult task of the rebuilding of Wilmington.

• Robert Kaufman – New York, NY via Vermont Community Foundation

• Gail & Craig Llewellyn – Wilmington, VT


Parmelee & Howe Lease Information

19 May

Parmelee & Howe Building
4 North Main Street
Wilmington, Vermont 05363

Property Description

The Wilmington Fund VT, Inc. (WFVT) owns and operates the recently renovated Parmelee & Howe commercial building in Wilmington, Vermont.  Perhaps the best and most visible commercial location in Wilmington as all traffic passing through the town filters through this location at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 100.  The 5340 square foot two-story brick building was originally built in 1934, but major renovations are just now being completed, including HVAC, electrical, and interior work.

At present, there are four available spaces:

1st floor corner of Route 9/Route 100 (1211 square feet) – $2000
1st floor Route 100 (672 square feet) – $1000
2nd floor corner of Route 9/Route 100 (1316 square feet) – $800
2nd floor office (174 square feet) – $150

These spaces can be combined or leased separately.

Leasing Process

If you are interested in leasing space in the Parmelee & Howe Building, please send us a Letter of Interest.  This brief letter should include:

Description of your business
Business experience (for an existing business, provide a brief history of your business; for a new business, provide information on your business and management experience)
Market analysis (identify target market, competitors, and potential market share)
Financing needs (include sources and use of funds)
Space(s) you are interested in leasing

Please submit your Letter of Interest via email to [email address]. Certain prospective tenants will then be asked to submit a full business plan.  The Vermont Small Business Development Center provides excellent guidance on developing a business plan.  You can find this information at

Financial Assistance

WFVT does not have the resources to fund your entire business.  While WFVT may provide limited financial support to a tenant on a case-by-case basis, all tenants are expected make significant financial contributions (cash or loans) to their business.


Letters of interest are due on June 1, 2012.

Business Plans are due on June 15, 2012


If you have any questions, please contact John Gannon ( 802-490-4327 or Bruce Mullen ( 802-464-8998.

Parmelee & Howe Building Looking for Tenants

17 May

The Wilmington Fund, VT is finishing renovations at the historic Parmelee  & Howe building and is ready for tenants.

In late 2011, a charitable foundation, The Wilmington Fund, VT was formed to help rebuild and revitalize our Town following the devastation of Irene.   Our goal is to acquire and save some important buildings in the Village and well as aid charitable projects such as the Northstar Bowl, Dots, and others.

Our renovations at the Parmelee & Howe building will be completed by June, and we are now seeking small business tenants to come in at favorable lease terms to help reinvigorate our community’s economic base.  We will have four potential spaces available, two downstairs and two upstairs; for shops, galleries, food establishments, or office space.  The Parmelee & Howe building is one of Wilmington’s prominent structures.  It has a history of housing many successful businesses, including a hardware store, pharmacy, boutique, art gallery, and coffee shop among other uses.  The building’s location at the traffic light intersection of Route 9 and 100, makes it critical for showcasing our downtown rebirth and is ideal for pedestrian traffic.

Interested tenants should contact the Fund at 14 Castle Hill Road, or call John Gannon at 802-490-4327, or Bruce Mullen at 802-464-8998 for further details.  Interested tenants should prepare a Letter of Interest by Friday June 1st, and a detailed business plan by Friday June 15th.

For more information, please see:

Concert to Rebuild Dot’s

11 May

To purchase tickets to Rebuild Dot’s, go to the Concert to Rebuild Dot’s page on this site!  Details regarding Dinner with the Artists will be provided upon purchase.

Thank You from Friends of the Valley Foundation!

3 May

To the entire Wilmington Fund VT Board,

Please accept our sincere gratitude for your generous donation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  You donation came at the perfect time.  Our Foundation was short with the total needed for the pinsetters at North Star Bowl.  Due to your Fund and members of our Valley, we were able to reach our goal.  The lanes and pinsetters are installed.

We look forward to working with the Wilmington Fund VT to rebuild Dot’s and whatever other projects present themselves in the future.  As we all know, this Valley is a special place.  We are all very blessed to be a part of it.

Friends of the Valley Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  No goods nor services were provided in exchange for your donation.

Again, thank you for your support.


Friends of the valley Foundation

Lynn L. Bucossi, Secretary

Friends of the Valley Foundation, PO Box 1641, Wilmington, VT 05363