On behalf of the Rutland County Long-Term Recovery Committee, I would like to thank Sherri Birkheimer-Rooker of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont, Mary Crowley, and Karen Seward for all of the countless hours and hard work they put into the creation and fruition of The heARTs of Rutland Project. Also an immense thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers and artists that made the event on Nov. 2 at The Paramount Theatre possible.
On Dec. 3 Sherri, Mary and Karen presented a donation of $22,000 to the Rutland County Long-Term Recovery Committee for disaster relief in Rutland County. I cannot begin to express the gratitude our committee has for this kind and generous gesture. These funds will be used to help fulfill unmet needs for victims of Tropical Storm Irene.
Although it may not seem evident in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there are still individuals and families here in our communities that have not completely recovered from Tropical Storm Irene of August 2011. These victims have tried to make do with minor repairs or no repair of any kind. The funds provided will make for warmer, healthier, and safer homes.
This project has most certainly shown that Rutland has heart, and this gesture will definitely warm the hearts of individuals and families in need.
(Disaster Case Manager
BROC- Community Action in South Western Vermont)
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