Archive | Thank Yous RSS feed for this section

Thank You!!! 20 July 13 Fundraiser THANK YOU!

25 Jul

Meryl & Tamara • Photo by Carolyn Bates

Meryl Streep & Tamara Kilmurray • Photo by Carolyn Bates

The Wilmington Fund VT extends its sincere appreciation to its generous supporters, state and local leaders, the staff at The Hermitage Inn and Meryl Streep for contributing to what we thought was a very special night in the Deerfield Valley.

The event earlier this month was our most ambitious fundraiser and so many people rose to the occasion.  Money raised that night through a fantastic dinner, for which gracious Oscar-winning Streep served as hostess; an energetic concert by opener Colby Dix and headliner Joan Osborne; and a silent auction will now be reinvested in Wilmington as it continues to recover from the damage left by Tropical Storm Irene and grow into a more vibrant, diverse economy and community.

The presence of Gov. Peter Shumlin and Rep. Peter Welch underscored the importance of this period of redevelopment here – and the opportunities that could come from it. We thank them for coming.We also thank all of the attendees for their commitment to the town of Wilmington.

The Hermitage staff, especially Rebecca Lewis and Steve O’Hearn, went above and beyond to make sure guests had a good time, and Barry Weisblatt from Whiteleaf Productions helped produce a top-notch show.

Wilmington is “where amazing happens.”

The board of directors The Wilmington Fund VT
Daniel and Tamara Kilmurray
Samantha Critchell
Deborah Emmett-Pike
Robert Fisher
John Gannon
Bruce Mullen
Julie Lineberger
Ann Manwaring


Donors for Dot’s!

28 Oct

Note:  This post was to be published in July, but was lost in cyberspace!  Apologies for the delay.

Thank you to all who supported the Concert to ReBuild Dot’s.  We raised over $20,000 for the effort!  Thank you to all who purchased tickets making it a very full house on a very hot night.  Thank yous also to:


• Stephens & Associates – Brattleboro, VT

• Orvis – Manchester, VT

• The Haystack Club – Wilmington, VT

• SMR Contracting – Jacksonville, VT

• Mount Snow – West Dover, VT

Non Concert Going Donors:

Linda & Stephen Purdy – Harrison, NY & Wilmington, VT
Betty Emery – Enfield, CT & Wilmington, VT:  This is not for a concert ticket, but just a contribution to “Help Save Dot’s”.  We always loved Dot’s and look forward to it being reopened.  Thanks.
MaryLou & Doug LaPlante – Wilmington, VT:  Looking forward to having yoiu all back.  God’s Blessings, Pastor Doug & MaryLou
Lisa Coneeny & Leslie Fraser – Wilmington, VT: Enclosed please find a donation for the dinner and concert to rebuilt Dot’s.  We would have loved to attend the event but we are booked with other activities in the Valley this weekend (Tough Mudder & the Haystack Member Guest).          We hope it is a successful evening.
Beth & Kenneth Motschwiller – Rockville Center, NY & Wilmington, VT:  Good Luck with the Fundraiser
• Martha & Gordon Watson – Naples, FL & Wilmington VT:  We are unable to come to the Fundraiser on July14th.  What a wonderful effort has gone into re-building our lovely town.  And what a wonderful effort that continues.  Please let us know if we can be of help.
• LineSync Architecture Bar Tenders:  Leah Decker, Ryan Edwards, Sybil Idelkope, Will Su
• Salads & Serving:  CarolAnn Lobo Johnson, Peter Johnson, Deborah Emmet-Pike, Katy Little
• SMS Contracting Clean Up Crew

Help Us Find the Lemonade Stand Donor!

26 Oct

THANK YOU to our anonymous Lemonade Stand Donor!!!  In late summer a second homeowner dropped of an envelope of $131.00 CASH that her step-daughter raised with friends in a summertime Lemonade Stand.

The folks at the Wilmington Town Offices did not get a name or contact information for this generous young contributor for us to properly thank.

If you have any information, please let us know.


August – October Donor Thank Yous

26 Oct

• Mary Procter & Bill Matuszeski – Washington, DC & Whitingham, VT     We’re very grateful to this initiative to rebuild Wilmington and are happy to contribute this donation.          The project to rebuild Dot’s will delight locals & second homers & tourists.  I hope you can put the rebuilding of Ann Coleman’s Gallery next on your list.  She has made a real impact as an artist in the Deerfield Valley and encourages other artists.  And she is a poster child for the losses from Irene.          Sincerely, Mary Procter & Bill Matuszeski

Sophie Ackert delivers donations from her Charity Fashion Show to Benefit the People of the Deerfield Valley in Southern Vermont


• Sophie Ackert – Sandy Hook, CT

• Sandra Wavrick – Brooklyn, NY

• Patricia Frey-Gattinoni & Flavio Gattinoni – Newtown, CT

• Susan & Thomas Gomez – Oxford, CT

• Alan Linett – Sandy, UT

• Jacquelyn & Gregory Horkachuck – Sandy Hook, CT





• The Preservation Trust of Vermont:  Enclosed please find a $500 grant from our Robert Sincerbeaux Fund to assist you with the consultation you had with Debby Bergh Consulting.  I am glad that this worked out well for you.          Thank you for all The Wilmington Fund VT continues do do.  Sincerely, Paul Bruhn, Executive Director

• UBS Matching Gift Program: This is a grant of a restricted donation that arrived at our office.  It was a UBS matching gift for Amy Leff-Temple’s January contribution.         Thank you for all The Wilmington Fund VT continues to do.  Sincerely, Paul Bruhn, Executive Director

Two Thank Yous from Beyond Imagination

10 Oct
When waters run deep. . .hearts open wide!  May the memories of Irene renew your faith in humanity.  (Card and artwork by Melinda Coombs)
We could not have done this without your generosity of time and money.  Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts.  Bill & Melinda Coombs
10.4.12 Deerfield Valley News
Words cannot express thanks
To the Editor:Words cannot express how filled with gratitude I am for all the support in the opening of my new boutique Beyond Imagintation. The success is due to so many people,

The Wilmington Fund VT, without whom this would not have come to fruition. Ed Erhard for the renovations to his building, Bob Hall and his crew for all their hard work, Bill for his long hours of everything, Suzanne and Sara for all they did in help making the opening happen so quickly, Gretchen Havreluk for the help with the business plan and support, Manyu for teaching me so well, Meg Streeter for planting the seed, and friends and family for your help and support.

I feel blessed to be in such a supportive community and to be part of the rebirth of Wilmington. I look forward to seeing you all at Beyond Imagination.

Many thanks,

Melinda Coombs


Read more: Deerfield Valley News – Words cannot express thanks

BEYOND IMAGINATION • 10.4.12 Deerfield Valley News

10 Oct
New boutique owner says experience, support reasons behind venture     by Rachel Olstein Kaplan
Melinda Coombs is ready to welcome customers to her new business venture, Beyond Imagination.

Melinda Coombs is ready to welcome customers to her new business venture, Beyond Imagination.

WILMINGTON- On Friday, September 21, the streets of Wilmington came alive for the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival Village Stroll. Residents and visitors strolled among the shops, tasting soup, wine and cheese, and enjoying the warm September evening. One of the main attractions of the evening was the grand opening of Beyond Imagination – the new clothing and home boutique that held its unofficial opening on the eve of the Village Stroll.

The boutique, at 6 North Main Street, was again bustling Friday for its official grand opening event. The store sells women’s clothing and jewelry as well as paintings and interior design services. Owner Melinda Coombs, of Whitingham, is an artist, designer, and seamstress who brings with her years of retail experience from working at Manyu’s Boutique as well as expertise in running a successful interior design business from her home. Coombs was inspired to open Beyond Imagination after witnessing the outpouring of support after Tropical Storm Irene; she hopes that the boutique will play a key role in revitalizing the community.

Explaining her motivation, Coombs said, “I’m doing this to help the town. The more shops, the more alive we are, the more people will come. I’m doing this for everybody; I really believe it will help all the businesses in town. I believe that the town of Wilmington can be even better than it was before.”

Until last summer, Coombs had worked for 16 years at Manyu’s, the well-known boutique in Wilmington, which stood in the Parmelee & Howe building before closing last year in the aftermath of the hurricane. Beyond Imagination will help fill the absence that many felt when Manyu’s closed, but the new store has a particular flare inspired by Coombs’ personal touch. In addition to clothing and accessories, for sale and on display at the shop are many of Coombs’ handmade jewelry and paintings.

Wilmington resident Julie Lineberger had frequently shopped at Manyu’s. She’s very excited about the opening of the new store. “It’s a little bit different and that’s good. (Coombs) offers home design services and has skill with making slipcovers, shades, and drapery. She has an entire homegoods section and original art work that Manyu didn’t have. It’s Melinda’s own shop.”

Suzanne Strattner, of Jacksonville, works full time at the boutique. When she heard that Melinda was opening the store, she called immediately to inquire about a position. Strattner describes Beyond Imagination as beautiful, spacious, and welcoming to all. “We even provide cushy chairs for gentlemen so they can relax while the ladies are shopping.”

According to Strattner, “There is not another store like this in town. There aren’t other stores that have such a wide range of clothing and fashion. From cozy sweaters to comfy jeans to the little black dress that every girl needs. We have it all, and in a wide range of sizes with price points for everyone.”

Coombs first thought of opening the store when she was approached by members of the Wilmington Fund VT in the spring of 2012. While hesitant at first, she quickly realized that her experience had prepared her for the venture. “I realized it was something that I definitely could do. That the town would benefit and I would benefit in the end. I missed Manyu’s as much as everybody else.”

The journey since spring has been challenging and Coombs has had to persevere to make the store a reality. The Parmelee & Howe building, where Coombs originally planned to open, was sold in mid-June. Coombs was forced to return merchandise she had purchased and scrambled to find a new location for the boutique. She eventually found retail space on North Main Street right next door to Manyu’s’ original location. While the owner renovated the building which had suffered major damages in Tropical Storm Irene, Coombs worked on her business plan and putting together finances for the endeavor.

Finding the resources to support the new business was a challenge. In addition to investing personally in Beyond Imagination, Coombs received a low-interest loan from Vermont Economic Development Authority and a generous grant from the Wilmington Fund VT.

The Wilmington Fund was set up in the fall of 2011 to help support Wilmington’s recovery and promote commerce and business activity. The board of directors is confident in Coombs’ abilities. According to Dan Kilmurray, the fund president, “She had been a manager at Manyu’s. She is a real talent and I am highly confident that she is going to be very, very successful.”

Lineberger, the fund secretary, described Coombs as a fantastic choice, adding, “I knew that she was Manyu’s right-hand person for so long. She has a very good design sense and I knew she would carry on the quality and caliber of Manyu’s, which is what we need. To draw people from surrounding areas, you need to have that same caliber of shop. She is doing something a little different but is striving for that same level of excellence.”

Customers, employees, and investors alike are excited about the business and many see it as a symbol of hope and revival in Wilmington. Strattner says, “When I first moved here, Wilmington was a real destination place. A walking town with cute little shops. People would come here and spend their whole day here, have lunch. It’s really great to be part of the rebirth of Wilmington. It needs to come back after the devastation from the flood.”

Coombs, who was nervous before embarking on the endeavor, added, “After being open for only three days, I am feeling a lot more confident. Most people are walking out of the store with a bag.”

By all indications, Beyond Imagination is on track to be a success. As Carol Grant, a longtime customer of Coombs’ interior design business assures, “Melinda always succeeds ‘Beyond MY Imagination!’.​​​​​​​​​​”

Visit Beyond Imagination at 6 North Main Street in Wilmington or online at

Read more: Deerfield Valley News – New boutique owner says experience support reasons behind venture

Gratitude for Spring & Summer 2012 Donors

22 Sep

May & June & July 2012

• Vermont Community Foundation as recommended by Robert Kaufman

• Peter Yeskel: in honor of Beth and John Greene

• Petra & Mark Williams

• Gail & Craig Llewellyn

• Kristi Craig – Ionia, MO:  in honor of Bette Crawford

• Christopher Jewell – Riverside, CT

• IBM Employee Matching

• Barbara Ewert – Warwicki, NY

• Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School – Palo Alto, CA:  Dear John, I am really sorry that you were not able to attend our celebration of Tzedakah on May 23rd.  During the ceremony we allocated the funds we had collected and presented the checks to each organization.  This ceremony was very moving for us because we all knew that we were helping the world one step at a time in many different areas of need.  Currently, we are all very proud of ourselves and know that we have in fact made an impact on the world.          Enclosed please find the allocation from the Hausner Seventh Grade Avodah La’Olam Philanthropy fund to Wilmington Fund VT.  We look forward to hearing about the accomplishments this money has helped in the repairing of Wilmington.  Sincerely, Isabel Horowitz and the Housner Seventh Grade.

• Margaret & Richard Stewart – Trumbull, CT

• Martha & Gordon  Watson – Naples, FL

August & Early September 2012

• Mrs. Angelo J. Picone – East Hartford, CT:  We’ve been coming through the Town of Wilmington for fifty years.  We knew Ray up on Ray Hill, always stopped at Dot’s.  So glad to see you coming back!!  Good Luck, Josephine

• Turkeltaub Family

• Barbara Ewert: in memory of Anne O’Sullivan

• P.I.E. Facilities of NY Inc  (Adam Kriveloff) – New York, NY

• Peggy & Walter Jones – Halifax VT & Englewood, NJ:  Dear Julie, This donation is from Walter & Peggy Jones.  If you have a newsletter on the information updating the Fund’s activities, I would like to receive it.  Regards, Walter

• Kaumil Gajrawala – New York, NY

More Dot’s Supporters

• Judith K. Tredway:  Thanks for the chance to support Dot’s.  This year will be the first time in Wilmington without Black and White Milkshakes for breakfast.  Looking forward to seeing Patty and John in a spirit of hope and excitement.  Thanks again, Judy

• Beth S. & Kenneth W. Motschwiller – Rockville Center, NY:  Save Dot’s

Dot’s Rebuild Concert Donations
• Haystack Club Operating Company     (Concert Sponsorship)
• SMR Contracting   (Concert Sponsorship)
• Stevens & Associates   (Concert Sponsorship)
• Orvis    (Concert Sponsorship)
• Lisa Coneeny & Leslie Fraser
• Leona & Murray Brochin
• Beth & Kenneth Motschwiller
• Margaret & Richard Stewart
• Martha & Gordon Watson
• MaryLou & Doug LaPlante c/o Wilmington Baptist Church
• Betty Emery
• Linda & Stephen Purdy

Dot’s Silent Auction Donations
• Ann Manwaring – $15.00 winning bid by Crista Gannon for the Sling Back Camera Bag
• Barbara Holliday – $175.00 for winning bids by Kristin Mumford and Lisa Sullivan for the sets of Artist Proof Prints
• Beverly Perna – $200.00 winning bid by Carole Goodman of Saint Louis for the Dot’s Lithograph
• David Ganter – $225.00 winning bid by Alison Chaltas for the Wedding Cake Table
• Erik Barnes, Director of Golf, Mount Snow – $125 winning bid by Alison Chaltas for the Greens Fees at Mount Snow Country Club
• Jennifer Langden, Director of Lodging, Mount Snow – $90 winning bid by David Schneider for a weekend getaway at the Grand Summit

Village Walkway Donations
• Whitingham Halifax Lions
• Urshula & Ken Wood
• Alan Stewart
• Ann Ottaviano
• Bruce Phillips
• Susan Byron
• Barbara Suraci
• Mark Hanna
• Joan Wiener & Stanley Shapiro

In Appreciation of 2011- 2012 Winter Donors not previously noted

22 Sep

December 2011

• Meryl & Chuck Witmer

• Allison & David Sachs

• Tamara & Dan Kilmurray

• John Skok

• Hanna Wakim

• Anne Marie & Paul Galietto

• Mitch Rubin

• Karin Manwaring

• The Hassenfeld Foundation

• Jennifer & Joseph Garrity

• Brahman Capital Corporation

• I Leff

• The Winters Family

• The Michael & Carol Lowenstein Foundation

• Kristen & Benjamin Quick

• Robert Stein

• John J Brown

• Russ Hornsby/Cepia LLC

January 2012

• Adam Manwaring

• Grant Manwaring

• Ann Manwaring in lieu of Gift to Bruce & Ellen Manwaring

• Ann P Manwaring

• Nancy & Douglas Manwaring

• Ellen & Bruce Manwaring

• Rachel & Randolph Gwirtzman

• Deborah Emmett-Pike & Steven Emmett

• Gilbert Laird Bieger

• Dee Beaty

• The NY Community Trust as recommended by Robert Kaufman

• Leon Wagner:  The Wagner Family Foundation

• Amy Leff

• John Gannon

• John Amerman

• Martin Koekstra

• Robert Horwitz & Catherine Redlich via Schwab Charitable Fund

February 2012

• The Ken and Julie Moelis Foundation

• Beth & Gary Jacobson

• Kristen & Rick Cacciapaglia

• Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts

• Michael Jay Chernick

• Nancy & Bruce Mullen

• Maureen & James Hausmann

• Laura & Brian Hull

• Rosalie & Andrew Schindel

March 2012

• Indira & Shahab Khan

• Margaret & Robert Woolmington

• Anonymous

• Elizabeth Brooks

• Joyce & William Allen

• Alice B. Greenspan

• Mr. David Seitz

April 2012

• Alyssa & Clifford Greenberg

• Marc Fuhrman

• Anonymous

Much Gratitude to each and every donor!

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