RiverWoods at Exeter 2014 Gala Auction:

2014 RiverWoods Gala Auction to Benefit Saint Vincent de Paul - Exeter NH

Help Today. Hope for Tomorrow.

To Benefit Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Exeter

Food Pantry & Community Assistance Center

Saturday, October 18, 2014

5:30 p.m.

The Boulders at RiverWoods



What an incredible night! Thank you! Click to view 2014 RiverWoods Gala photo album

Hundreds attended the recent RiverWoods at Exeter Gala Auction "Help Today, Hope for Tomorrow" to benefit Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Exeter (SVdP). The final total is still being tallied, but it appears the RiverWoods Gala raised more than $100,000 for SVdP and the families they serve! Thank you to everyone who helped make this gala a success, especially our generous sponsors, including LECESSE , Exeter Area New Car Dealers, Donahue, Tucker and Ciandella, PLLC , Hinckley Allen , Greystone , People's United Bank and CliftonLarsonAllen !


VIDEO: 'Twas the night of the RiverWoods Gala...

This video features short clips of some of the sights and sounds of the 2014 RiverWoods Gala:


Thank you to our 2014 Community Sponsor!

Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association


  thank you to our community sponsor Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association

  thank you to our community sponsor LECESSE CONSTRUCTION

Thank you to our 2014 Partner Sponsors!

Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella


People's United Bank

Hinckly Allen


RiverWoods and Saint Vincent de Paul would like to thank our Partner Sponsors


Thank you to our 2014 Friend Sponsors!

thank you to our 2014 RiverWoods Gala Auction Friend Sponsors


Countdown to RiverWoods Gala, "Help Today, Hope for Tomorrow"

Biennial fundraiser features live and silent auction, music, food, wine tastings and more RiverWoods residents and auction volunteers pictured with a few of the items up for bid at this year’s gala. Left to right are RiverWoods resident Jean Ingwersen; Cleo Castonguay of SVdP, Susanna Ulfelder, RiverWoods resident, Penny Teodorczyk of RiverWoods, and Jane Kaufman, RiverWoods resident.

Tickets are on sale now for the biennial RiverWoods Gala, happening Saturday, October 18, starting at 5:30pm, at The Boulders campus at RiverWoods Retirement Community in Exeter. This year’s theme: Help Today, Hope for Tomorrow.

Presented in partnership with Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Exeter (SVdP), the event will feature live and silent auctions, a spectacular smorgasbord of gourmet delights including carving stations and a raw bar, live music, tastings of wine from local wineries and a few hundred revelers from throughout New England.

This year, the auction block boasts a wide array of items from a vacation in Sanibel Island, Florida; to New England ski adventures, Disney World tickets and romantic getaways; concert, sporting event and theatre tickets; spa retreats; home improvement services as well as fine art and hand-crafted furniture from local artisans.

Renowned auctioneer, Mark Fodero, will be master of ceremonies for the event, revealing an array of grand items and hosting bidding battles during the live auction. All proceeds will support critical services that SVdP provides, including providing food and emergency financial support to families in the Seacoast Region.

From the first year RiverWoods opened, the community has held a fundraiser for another local non-profit, and that 20 year tradition of investing in social capital continues this year with the help of generous sponsors, including LECESSE, Exeter Area New Car Dealers, Donahue, Tucker and Ciandella, PLLC, Hinckley Allen, Greystone, Peoples United Bank and CliftonLarsonAllen.

“The powerful partnership between Saint Vincent de Paul and RiverWoods has strengthened our ability to help hundreds of families in our community,” says Cleo Castonguay , President of Society of St Vincent de Paul Exeter. “We have already seen experienced an uptick in awareness, volunteers and donations as a result of the two year partnership with the residents and staff at RiverWoods and we can’t wait to bring it all together at this year’s gala.”

RiverWoods, a charitable non-profit continuing care retirement community, has hosted eight major Gala Auctions since 1994 and has raised more than $400,000 for organization’s such as Child and Family Services (CFS), Seacoast Hospice and New Outlook Teen Center. In 2012, the RiverWoods Gala raised a total of $85,000 for CFS. RiverWoods says the value of their charitable partnerships is shown not only in in dollars, but in the strength they bring to the greater Seacoast community.

“This event is about helping, celebrating and building community,” says Justine Vogel, president and CEO of RiverWoods. “Saint Vincent de Paul does so much, so well, for so many struggling families in our community and we’re honored to help. With the greater community’s help, we’re hoping to give SVdP the biggest boost possible at this year’s gala so they can do even more.”

Tickets to the RiverWoods Gala Auction are $60.00 per person in advance, $75.00 at the door and are available by calling Penny Teodorczyk, 603-658-3031 or by email .


Join us for the 2014 RiverWoods Gala to Benefit Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Exeter

Save the Date for the 2014 RiverWoods Gala Auction

You are invited to play a key role in the 9th RiverWoods Gala Auction to be held at RiverWoods on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

We are proud to announce that the proceeds from the Gala Auction will benefit the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Exeter, Food Pantry and Community Assistance Center. In 2013 the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Exeter (SVdP) helped over 800 Exeter area families in a variety of ways including providing food and emergency financial support when all other resources had been exhausted. Last year, SVdP distributed 269,700 pounds of food (worth over $730,000), aided 45 homeless families and individuals, as well as saving 26 households from eviction.

RiverWoods, a charitable non-profit continuing care retirement community, has always been committed to giving back to the greater Seacoast community. Over the past 8 Gala Auctions more than $400,000 was donated to organizations such as Child and Family Services, Seacoast Hospice and New Outlook Teen Center. In 2012 the RiverWoods Gala raised a total of $85,000. We can only do this in partnership with friends like you!

Thank you for your generosity and support of the RiverWoods Gala. Together we can help make a difference in the lives of local families.



RiverWoods Announces Major Charitable Partnership

with St. Vincent de Paul of Exeter

Outreach effort to culminate in October 2014 gala fundraiser

RiverWoods CCRC in Exeter, NH Announces charitable partnership with St. Vincent de Paul of Exeter.
RiverWoods residents and staff with volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) are from left: Joan Bater (SVdP Board), Kathy Christo (SVdP Board), Leah Grant (SVdP Board), Rick Mahoney (SVdP Board), Penny Teodorczyk (RiverWoods), Bob Henrici (RiverWoods resident), Rachael MacDonnell (SVdP Board), Herb Salls (SVdP Board), Nancy Smath (RiverWoods) and Cleo Castonguay (SVdP President).

Residents at RiverWoods Retirement Community have selected Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP) of Exeter as the recipient of the retirement community’s two year partnership to culminate in a major fundraising gala event on October 18, 2014 at RiverWoods in Exeter, NH. 

From the first year RiverWoods opened, the community has held a fundraiser for another local non-profit. The most recent RiverWoods Gala Auction raised a record $85,000 for Child and Families Services of NH (CFS).  The record breaking evening was held at RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Exeter last fall with more than 400 in attendance. RiverWoods staff and residents donated hundreds of hours of time during the two year partnership. 

Residents at RiverWoods recently selected SVdP from a pool of 35 local nonprofits—all of them focusing on family health and well-being. With more than 100 volunteers, SVdP helps local families and organizations in a variety of ways including providing food and other support to people in the Exeter Area. The all-volunteer organization was founded in 1989, and helped more than 6,800 people last year alone. 

“With 35 worthy applicants-- It was a difficult decision to be sure.” said RiverWoods Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Penny Teodorczyk. “Saint Vincent de Paul fills a vital and growing need in this community.  Our partnership is an opportunity for RiverWoods residents and staff to make a positive and sustainable impact for Seacoast residents in need.” 

The 2014 RiverWoods Gala coincides with the retirement community’s upcoming  20 th anniversary in 2014. The retirement community’s two decade long tradition of investing in social capital has meant tens of thousands of dollars for local charities. Both organizations feel the value of this partnership will be shown not only in dollars, but in the strength it brings to the greater community. 

 “Society of St. Vincent de Paul is honored to have been chosen by RiverWoods as their partner,” says Cleo Castonguay, President of Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  “In the past year, the needs of those we serve have grown by about 25%. It’s our hope that this partnership allows us to expand and update programs in order to best serve people on the Seacoast.” 

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2012 RiverWoods Gala Auction Raises $85,000
for Child and Family Services of NH!

2012 RiverWoods Gala Auction, Exeter, NH

More than 400 residents and members of the outside community gathered together for what has becomes a proud RiverWoods tradition.The 2012 RiverWoods Gala Auction raised awareness and a record $85,000 for Child and Family Services of NH. The charity is the oldest non-profit for children in NH and selected by RiverWoods residents because of the organization's strong and vital commitment to children and families. The gala evening is the sixth such event in RiverWoods' history, and featured gourmet food and wine, a wide variety of live and silent auction items, and a true festive atmosphere.

    Thank you to the community and all of our sponsors!

2012 Community Sponsors:


LECESSE CONSTRUCTION - a RiverWoods Gala Auction Sponsor

People's United Bank - a RiverWoods Gala Auction Sponsor

Brown and Company Design - A 2012 RiverWoods Gala Auction sponsor


2012 Partner Sponsor:

Greystone - a RiverWoods Gala Auction Sponsor


RiverWoods seeks nonprofit for major two-year partnership

Jan. 18, 2013
By Aaron Sanborn 
Exeter -- Do you represent a Seacoast area non-profit organization looking for a unique partnership and fund-raising opportunity? If yes, RiverWoods wants to hear from you.
The continuing care community is seeking to partner up with an area non-profit for the next two years; a partnership that will culminate in 2014 with a fund-raising gala for the chosen nonprofit.
The most recent gala held in October 2012 raised $85,000 for Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. Galas held in 2010 and 2008 raised $70,000, and $50,000, respectively.
PICTURED RIGHT FRONT: RiverWoods residents Tom and Mimi Adams at the 2012 RiverWoods Gala Auction. The event raised a record $85,000 for local families. Nonprofits interested in partnering with RiverWoods have until Thursday, Jan. 31, to submit an application. Applications can be accessed by clicking here
"This is not only an opportunity for a nonprofit to raise money, it's an opportunity for a local nonprofit to communicate their mission," said Cathleen Toomey, vice president of marketing at RiverWoods.
RiverWoods' residents will select the nonprofit based on the nonprofit's focus on family, health and well being.
During the course of the two-year partnership, representatives from the selected nonprofit are invited to RiverWoods to talk about their mission, while residents of RiverWoods volunteer for the nonprofit during the two-year period, according to Toomey.
"It's a great multi-generational opportunity. Both staff and residents really get involved," she said. "We all get to know each other really well by the end of the two-year period and by then the RiverWoods community is really invested in the agency."
The gala at the end of the partnership serves as the big fund-raiser for the nonprofit and as a celebration of the partnership, Toomey said.
"I think by the end of the partnership the non-profit will find that they reached a lot more people and a lot more people know about their mission," she said.

Exeter Gala Raises $85k for NH children

RiverWoods gives record donation to fellow nonprofit
By Robyn Keriazes
December 11, 2012

NH Retirement Community raises record amount for fellow non profit EXETER --  After a record-breaking RiverWoods Gala Auction, non-profits are vying for a spot as the next big fundraiser's beneficiary.

The continuing care retirement community's auction on Oct. 13 raised $85,000 for Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. More than 400 people attended the event.

"We're just stunned. We're so thankful to everyone who has helped make it a success," said RiverWoods Executive Assistant Penny Teodorczyk. "We so loved the process of working with CFS, and it makes all the process worth it when you're able to give such a sizable donation that you know will do so much good for children in the Seacoast area."

RiverWoods at Exeter fundraiser brings in record amount for local families in need. This is the most money that RiverWoods has raised at any of its major fundraisers, which have been held once every two years since RiverWoods opened in 1994. The 2010 gala raised $70,000, and the 2008 gala raised $50,000.

"I'm just in awe," said Pam Harkins, a RiverWoods resident who served on the auction committee. "I thought we hadn't raised as much as the last time, and then we beat it by $15,000. I couldn't believe it."

Teodorczyk attributed the event's success to the generosity of donors and sponsors and speculated that the improving economy may have put more people in a position to give.

Auction items were donated by community members including RiverWoods residents and local businesses. According to Teodorczyk, the highest-raising item was a getaway to Italy.

The money raised will support outreach services for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth; prenatal and early-childhood services for low-income families; child abuse prevention work; mental health counseling and therapy; and early intervention work for children who have developmental concerns.

The event was the culmination of a two-year partnership between RiverWoods and CFS. Other ways RiverWoods residents have helped CFS throughout the past two years include cleaning its Camp Spaulding in the fall, volunteering for its Christmas is for Kids Radiothon and running in a charity road race.

"We're just very impressed with the staff, the board and the residents at RiverWoods. They're really one of the most committed groups that we've worked with," said Mike Ostrowski, president of Child and Family Services.

Close to 100 RiverWoods residents volunteered throughout the planning and execution stages of the event, said Ben French, marketing communications coordinator for RiverWoods.

"It's something our residents have done all their lives, and when they move here they like to continue supporting their communities in any way they can," Teodorczyk said.

Now, RiverWoods is looking for a beneficiary for its next major fund-raising event in 2014. Residents have chosen the theme "family health and well-being" for the partnership, which includes topics such as housing, hunger and child health.

"I want to see an organization that does the most good for the most people, where everyone can recognize and identify the need," Harkins said.

Organizations interested in pursuing a partnership have already begun contacting RiverWoods, French said.

The deadline for non-profits to apply to become the recipient of the 2014 fundraising event is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The final decision will be announced in April. Applications can be accessed by clicking here .


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