RiverWoods Announces Major Charitable Partnership with St. Vincent de Paul of Exeter
Outreach effort to culminate in October 2014 gala fundraiser
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 20th 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.”
2012 RiverWoods Gala Auction Raises $85,000
for Child and Family Services of 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.
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RiverWoods seeks nonprofit for major two-year partnership
Exeter Gala Raises $85k for NH children
December 11, 2012
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."
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.
RiverWoods 2012 Gala Auction to Benefit Local Families
By Aaron Sanborn
June 29, 2012
EXETER —Residents at RiverWoods Retirement Community are gathering auction items and sponsorships for the non-profit's Live and Silent Auction to benefit Child and Family Services of New Hampshire (CFS). RiverWoods' 8th Gala Auction is set for Saturday, Oct. 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. This year's auction features golf outings, ski getaways, symphony and theatre tickets, handcrafted items, a sleigh ride for four and more!
From the first year RiverWoods opened, the community has held a fundraiser for another local non-profit, and that eighteen year tradition of investing in social capital continues this year with the help of generous sponsors, Bernson Legal, PLLC, Brown & Company Design, People's United Bank, Lecesse Construction and Greystone & Company. The recipient, CFS, was selected by a resident committee from a pool of local non-profit organizations. Event volunteers hope other civic minded individuals and businesses will join the auction effort as well.
"The RiverWoods community is honored to be raising support and awareness for Child and Family Services." said RiverWoods CEO, Justine Vogel. "CFS provides vital services for one of the most underserved and vulnerable populations and we know the RiverWoods community, as well as the greater Seacoast community will step up to lend a hand."
In 2010, RiverWoods raised a record $70,000 for CFS at a similar live and silent auction and gala evening. More than 300 attendees from the greater seacoast community attended. The staff and residents of RiverWoods donated hundreds of hours of time to plan and prepare for the evening. RiverWoods and other event sponsors hope this year's fundraiser will be an even bigger benefit for local families in need.
In addition to chances to bid some wonderful auction items, attendees will also enjoy wine pairings and gourmet delights. Celebrity auctioneers for 2012 include Mike Morin of WZID and Kevin Skarupa, WMUR-TV Meteorologist.
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Resident and staff auction committee members from RiverWoods and Child and Family Services of NH with a few of the items up for bid.Some of the items up for bid at this year's auction include...
- Italian Casa Getaway for 4:
Seven night stay for four in Manciano, Italy.The area that is known as the Maremma embraces and lavishes enchanted beauty like no other place!
- Sunday River Getaway:
Six nights accommodations at the base of South Ridge at Sunday River Ski area, the house has four bedrooms and can sleep 12, full kitchen, one and a half baths, living room, porch and deck. Includes four lift passes.
- Salt Lake City Getaway:
One week stay in Cottonwood Heights on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah and within 20 minutes of four Ski Resorts! The condo has two bedrooms plus a pullout futon in the living room. There is a full kitchen, two baths, living room, dining room, sun porch and deck.
- Boston Escape:
Two tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and an overnight stay in the Fairmont Hotel.
- Portland Night Out:
Two tickets to the Portland Symphony Orchestra's "Magic of Christmas" and a $100 gift certificate to FiftyFive in Portland, ME
- Red Sox Tickets
- A signed baseball by Mike Aviles
Paintings, Quilts, Stained glass, Original photography
- Handcrafted Adirondack Fish Chair:
- Restaurant and Spa gift certificates
- Jewelry, watches
- Golf Outings
- Handcrafted Nantucket Basket made by RiverWoods resident Dick March
- One week stay at Sanibel Island, Florida:
Two bedrooms, 2 bath homes with pool and screened lanai. Five minute bike ride to the beach.
- Underground Railroad Quilt:
Individual squares depicting the journey of slaves. These signs were hung on people's homes guiding the slaves on their travels through the underground railroad. The quilt (seen below) was made and donated by RiverWoods resident Mimi Landis.
- Sleigh ride for Four at Charmingfare Farm
- Handcrafted furniture
- Museum passes