Tom and Susan Byrne have been Chimney Hill owners for over ten years. Throughout the years they have enjoyed sharing the "Vermont experience" with friends and family. When they heard news of the Irene flood and it's devastating impact on our area, they started a fundraiser to help raise money for the rebuilding efforts in Wilmington and the Mount Snow Valley. We are so thankful to have such an awesome community here on the Hill.
"On November 19th, thirty of our family and friends gathered at our home in Edison to enjoy dinner, share Vermont stories and raise money for Wilmington. Over the ten years that John and I have been Chimney Hill owners, many friends have joined us to enjoy ski weekends, leaf peeping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, the fresh air, starlit skies and beautiful mountains. Of course, these visits always included some shopping time in Wilmington and some excellent dinners in restaurants throughout the valley.
When the flooding caused by Irene devastated Wilmington, we were heartsick. We watched the news, checked the Wilmington website regularly and followed updates provided by CHOA. John and I wanted to do something to help. One night over dinner, an idea for a fundraiser grew.
Our guest list included anyone that had visited our home in Chimney Hill. A minimum donation for couples or families was recommended. We had a poster listing three charities and we ran a continuous slide show of flood pictures next to the donation envelopes. That was very motivating! I bought some T shirts at Down in the Valley (and they donated a blanket) and I asked a nephew to sell raffle tickets. By evening's end, we had raised $1,012.00 which was distributed to the Town of Wilmington, to the Deerfield Valley Fund and to the Deerfield Valley Human Web.
The party was great. Our friends brought food, their checkbooks, their good spirits and Vermont stories. It's always fun to talk about a cold winter weekend with no power when it's a distant memory. We all had lots of fun and felt good giving back to the places and people that have given us so much pleasure and such good times."
Article and Photos by Susan Byrne.
Thanks Susan, we couldn't have put it better ourselves.