Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice folks and volunteers are teaming up with the Pitcher Inn and The Warren Store in Warren Village to present a Harvest Celebration as a fundraiser for the nonprofit home health care agency.
With the approval and support of the town of Warren, the celebration will take place in Warren Village on Main Street on October 28, and feature the music on the deck of The Warren Store, something akin to the annual Warren Fourth of July street dance and party. A fall feast prepared by The Warren Store and Pitcher Inn, will be served by CVHHH staff and volunteers. Libations will be available at The Warren Store or at Tracks, downstairs in the Pitcher Inn.
The event runs from 2 until 5 p.m.
Vermont Senator Peter Welch, a supporter of CVHHH, will be on hand for the event.
Tracy Kelly, Pitcher Inn manager and George Dorsey, Pitcher Inn owner, will be at the September 26 meeting of the Warren Select Board discussing their plans for the street dance, celebration, and fundraiser. At that meeting, specifics of parking and other logistics related to closing a portion of Main Street will be determined.
Kelly said that CVHHH was an obvious choice for a fundraiser in Warren Village, given the impact the organization has in the Mad River Valley and how widely used it is and how well regarded it is.
“How grateful we are in The Valley to have this nonprofit organization providing palliative and hospice care while creating or maintaining independence in the privacy of home of those in need. In some way we have all benefitted from their kindness, compassion and professionalism providing full support during healing or end-of-life process. All of these make this charity an obvious choice for a fundraising celebration, and I hope it may encourage our community to take interest in volunteering as some of my neighbors have,” Kelly said.
CVHHH provides home health care, hospice and palliative care and mother-child care to 23 communities in Washington and Orange counties and is one of only two independently operated nonprofit home health care agencies in the state. From January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, CVHHH provided 1,408 home visits in Waitsfield, 1,145 in Warren, 440 in Fayston, 1,035 in Moretown and 1,302 in Duxbury.
For Dorsey, his support for hospice came as a result of working with hospice care providers for his parents and their efforts to make their last days as comforting and calming as possible.
“Witness former President Jimmy Carter’s decision to stop chasing treatments in medical centers and to spend his time in hospice at home with his loved ones,” Dorsey said.
“Hospice workers radiate grace,” he added.
Tickets can be purchased in advance on the CVHHH website or at the gate on the day of the event.