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Fletcher Allen Receives $13 Million Gift from Bob and Holly Miller

Bob and Holly Miller with John Brumsted, M.D.

Bob and Holly Miller with Fletcher Allen President and CEO John Brumsted, M.D. Credit: Jim Heltz, Green Mountain Video

Fletcher Allen has received the largest gift in its history from Vermont philanthropists Bob and Holly Miller of Burlington. The Millers are donating Holly Court, a 15-acre commercial site in Williston valued at $13 million. The gift was announced at a May 2 press conference.

"We are extremely grateful to the Millers for this very generous donation," said John Brumsted, M.D., president and chief executive officer at Fletcher Allen. "With this gift, the Millers have demonstrated a huge commitment to Fletcher Allen and to its future. This valuable asset opens up a myriad of opportunities for us, including relocation of some non-clinical functions."

"Our association with Fletcher Allen goes back decades," said Bob Miller. "Holly and I are very pleased to be able to make this gift to help provide flexibility in Fletcher Allen's overall facilities planning."

The Millers have been strong supporters of the hospital and academic medical center since the early 1980s when they became involved with the Children's Miracle Network Telethon. They have also made significant contributions to major facilities projects at Fletcher Allen over the past several decades, and Holly Miller is a founding member of the Fletcher Allen Foundation Board.

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Big Change Roundup

This year's Big Change Roundup team celebrates a successful event

Big Change Roundup Raises Over $200K

This year's Big Change Roundup for Kids brought in $203,253.46 to support health care services and programs provided by Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen. The coin collecting campaign — the largest annual fundraiser for Vermont Children's — is a joint effort of the hospital and 98.9 WOKO-FM, with support from hundreds of local businesses and community groups and thousands of school children from throughout the region. Key sponsors this year include Maplefields stores, New England Federal Credit Union, Walmart and Pete's RV Center.

"We are so grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from people of all ages throughout Vermont and northern New York," said Lewis First, M.D., chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital. "It's a wonderful reflection of the commitment this region has to providing the best possible health care for children."

Money was raised in a wide variety of ways from door-to-door campaigns, sports competitions, and daily collections at businesses throughout the region.

Fletcher Allen would like to extend a big thank you to the Big Change sponsors, Dr. First, the Boy Scouts and everyone at WOKO and all of our Bandits and Posses for all their hard work and for making this such a successful event!

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Victoria Reed

CMN Champion Victoria Reed

2013 Children's Miracle Network Champion Full of Spirit and Smiles

Eight-year-old Victoria Reed has been coming to Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen since the day she was born.

A third-grader in Alburgh, Vermont, Victoria was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate and had to be transferred from Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans to Fletcher Allen's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for emergency care.

From that day forward, Vermont Children's Hospital and Fletcher Allen have been a big part of Victoria and her family's life. "They're part of our extended family because they care so much about her," said Victoria's mother, Mona Reed.

Victoria has had 10 operations at Vermont Children's Hospital over the years, and will have another one in the coming months. She also had a great deal of speech therapy, starting when she was 1, to help her develop normal speech. Victoria actually looks forward to coming in for her surgeries. "She is so comfortable going to the hospital," Mona said.

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Evslin Family

Dr. David Schneider with Mary and Tom Evslin

Angel Club Encourages Support for Cardiovascular Research

The Fletcher Allen Cardiovascular Angel Club is continuing its efforts to educate and excite the philanthropic community about cardiovascular research in Vermont, with an upcoming session scheduled for May 13. The Club was formed last year through the efforts of Tom and Mary Evslin of Stowe and David Schneider, M.D., director of Cardiology at Fletcher Allen and professor at the UVM College of Medicine. The Evslins pledged a $1 million performance grant to Peter Spector, M.D., director of cardiac electrophysiology at Fletcher Allen and professor at the UVM College of Medicine, to support heart research into atrial fibrillation, a type of rapid heartbeat that affects approximately 5.5 million Americans. They created the Angel Club to encourage similar philanthropy.

The Club focuses on proposals that are unlikely to receive government or corporate assistance because they are in the early stages of development or because they are taking a particularly innovative approach. At the May 13 event, three cardiology researchers from Fletcher Allen and UVM will share details of their work; philanthropists then can choose specific projects to support or help spread the word about the leading edge research at Fletcher Allen.

Those interested in joining the Angel Club or attending the May 13 event should contact David Warren in the Development Office at (802) 847-5592 or david.warren@vtmednet.org.

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Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Care

Businesses present funds for breast cancer care

Restaurants, Beverage Distributors Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Care

More than a dozen area businesses in the food and beverage industry recently raised $24,000 for breast cancer care provided at the Vermont Cancer Center. The fundraiser was organized by Bob and Betsy Conlon, owners of Leunig's Bistro in Burlington. The annual project has collected more than $150,000 since it was started in 2002.

"Every one of us in town has been personally touched by breast cancer," said Bob Conlon. "When my wife was being treated at the Vermont Cancer Center (VCC) we were very impressed with the quality of care and wanted to do something to say thank you. All of the great partners in this effort do it as a way to give back."

"We're so grateful for the continued efforts of the Conlon's, the many businesses they work with and their customers to support the VCC," said Claire Verschraegen, M.D., co-director of the Vermont Cancer Center. "We rely on this kind of support to provide the high quality of care that our community needs and deserves."

The following businesses participated in the breast cancer care fundraiser:

  • Farrell Distributing
  • Long Trail Brewery
  • Leunig's Bistro
  • The Windjammer
  • The Essex
  • Shanty on the Shore
  • Pauline's Café
  • Sweetwaters
  • Arvad's Grill & Pub
  • Table 24
  • Cork Wine Bar & Market
  • The Common Man Restaurant
  • Barkeaters
  • Harrison's Restaurant
  • Knotty Shamrock

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Team Fletcher Allen

Runners at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon

Join Team Fletcher Allen for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon

It's not too late to join Team Fletcher Allen for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon May 26 and help raise funds to support our oncology rehabilitation program, Steps to Wellness. Two-person and 3- to 5-person relay teams are available. Each runner will be asked to raise a minimum of $250 to benefit the Steps to Wellness program. Best of all, the allocation of relay teams is hassle free through Fletcher Allen; runners who sign up with Team Fletcher Allen don't need to enter the Vermont City Marathon's lottery process. Teams will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about the program or to register a team, go to our Team Fletcher Allen website or call Emily Wright at (802) 847-9548 or emily.wright@vtmednet.org.

Golf Tournament

In the swing of it, at the Fletcher Allen Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament Registration Open, Sponsorships Available

Come enjoy a day of golf while helping raise funds to support children's health. Sign up for our 24th annual Fletcher Allen Golf Tournament to benefit Vermont Children's Hospital. This year's tournament takes place Monday, July 15 at Burlington Country Club.

Registration is now open!

  • Team: $1,000 — includes 1 foursome with a mulligan and a throw.
  • Single Player: $250 — Single players will be matched up with a team or other individual players by tournament organizers.
  • 19th Hole Reception Only: $30
  • Sponsorships: Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $500.

For information visit our website or contact Jackie Woodwell at (802) 847-4508 or jacqueline.woodwell@vtmednet.org.

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