• Firebox dinner a success
    April 25,2014

    Firebox dinner a success

    On behalf of the 900 seniors served by the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, our staff and board thank everyone who made our April 12 Firebox Dinner Fundraiser a success. We raised $1,025 from the event despite changing from a ticketed to a free (by donation) dinner event. We honor the Montpelier Fire Department for limiting the damage to the center’s building in the fire that struck in 2009. Our silent auction of two antique fireboxes continues through May 19, so there’s still time to bid on one of these pieces of Montpelier history and add significantly to that total.

    At our April 12 event, retired Assistant Chief Bob Snetsinger gave a meticulously researched, detailed account of the history of the department, including rare slides of historic equipment and fires, and children delighted to try on firefighting gear and learn about the alarms.

    Event support was provided by Chief Robert Gowans, who brought fire safety educational materials and led a “guess the fire” challenge; Glen Marold, who displayed antique collectibles; Paul Carnahan of the Vermont Historical Society, who displayed Montpelier Fire Department archival materials dating to 1814; Russell and Dan Clar for the firebox postcard project; and Good Taste Catering for kitchen support.

    Food donations came from Applecheek Farm, Gaylord Farm, Greenfield Farm, Tangletown Farm, Black River Produce, Shaw’s Berlin and Price Chopper. Special thanks to volunteers Lori Miller, Mariah Lane, Sylvia Kingsbury, Sue Stukey, Barb Smith, Rebecca Shepard and Brenda Snetsinger.

    The funds raised help us fulfill our mission to enhance the quality of life for older adults through opportunities that develop physical, mental, cultural, social and economic well-being in a welcoming, flexible environment. To learn more about the auction and our services, stop by 58 Barre St., call 223-2518, or visit www.montpelier-vt.org/msac.

    Janna Clar


    The writer is the director of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center.

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