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Make ‘FriendCHIPS’

Essex CHIPS mentoring program seeks volunteers

More than 20 students in grades 4-8 are waiting to be matched with a caring adult mentor.  To learn about becoming a mentor through Essex CHIPS, join the FriendCHIPS Mentoring Open House on Thursday, July 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall on 5 Towers Road in Essex Junction.  Talks will be given at 4 and 4:30 p.m., and questions can be answered anytime. Come meet other mentors and the Mentoring Coordinator.  Refreshments provided.

As a FriendCHIPS mentor you:

  • Choose the time that best fits your schedule.
  • Meet with your mentee for one hour each week during the school day, during the school year.
  • Meet on-site at Essex Junction or Essex Town schools where games and supplies are provided.
  • Have fun and make a difference in the life of a child.

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For more information about the event or becoming a mentor, contact DarcyCaryl Evans at darcycaryl@essexchips.org or visit www.essexchips.org.

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Music on the beach

The Milton Community Band will perform a summer concert on the beach at Sand Bar State Park at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26.  This outdoor venue is provides a unique opportunity for park visitors to experience live music with the backdrop of beautiful Lake Champlain.  Local musicians will pull from their diverse repertoire of show tunes, parade marches, folk music and more.  Pull up a lawn chair to watch, enjoy the concert from the beach, or relax and listen from your picnic site. The event is free with paid park entry.

Visit the Milton Community Band’s website http://www.miltonband.net/ for more information about the band.  More information about Sand Bar State Park is available at http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/sandbar.htm or by calling the park 893-2825.

Bonfigli family shares award with King Street Center

Burlington’s King Street Center, a community organization providing social, recreational, and academic programs for low-income youth, announced on July 10 that the Bonfigli family has directed a $4,000 donation to the Center to support the Woody Classic Tennis Tournament and King Street’s Kids on the Ball tennis program. The contribution is thanks to the 2014 New England Youth Tennis Foundation Ned Weld Award, posthumously awarded to Dan Bonfigli at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. last week.

Gabby Bonfigli, Dan’s daughter, received the award in his stead, supported by the immediate members of the Bonfigli family.  Gabby said, “I was honored to accept the Ned Weld award on behalf of my dad and my family. He was very active in the community in terms of spreading the game of tennis and I am glad that we can use this award to benefit King Street Center who continues to grow the game in Vermont.”

Vicky Smith, Executive Director of King Street Center added, “We are so grateful to Gabby, the Bonfiglis, and the Youth Tennis Foundation for sharing this special moment with the kids of King Street. No doubt Dan would have appreciated what Burlington’s youth are learning on the courts this summer with the help of this gift and all the sponsors of the Woody Classic Tournament. Of course important tennis skills are gained, but they also get an important confidence boost from excellent mentorship, fitness, and camaraderie.”

Dan Bonfigli played competitive tennis at CVU and then went on to play college tennis for the UVM men’s tennis team. After he finished his playing career, he dedicated his life to teaching others and sharing the love of the game. He passed away in 2008. This year, Dealer.com and King Street Center will again celebrate his legend with the 5th Annual Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic Tennis Tournament, Aug. 8-10 at Burlington Tennis Club. Jill Badolato, Director of Social Responsibility at Dealer.com, said, “While this wooden-racquet tournament is about excellent tennis as well as great fun amongst the fans, our primary motivation to host this event, alongside generous sponsors, is to support King Street Center programs, serving the most vulnerable youth in our community. I love to see these kids on the courts all year round!”

The late Ned Weld, a New England tennis player and USTA leader, raised and contributed thousands of dollars to fund community tennis organizations throughout New England.  With the help of Ned’s estate, the Ned Weld Award was created to be given annually to a person who embodies Ned’s love of tennis and continues his vibrant legacy of helping others enjoy the game.  The mission of the Youth Tennis Foundation is to provide opportunities for children of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, play, enjoy and excel at the sport of tennis. The Youth Tennis Foundation has been a long-time supporter of King Street’s Kids on the Ball program.

Bonfigli family celebrates the Ned Weld Award last week in Newport, R.I. Pictured from left to right: Michael Bonfigli and Luca Bonfigli of Washington D.C., Kathy Bonfigli of Essex, Andy Bonfigli of Grand Isle, Gabby Bonfigli of Colchester, Nelly and George Bonfigli of Shelburne, Marisa Mora and Mark Bonfigli of Shelburne, and Eddie Bonfigli of West Palm Beach, Fla. - PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Bonfigli family celebrates the Ned Weld Award last week in Newport, R.I.
Pictured from left to right: Michael Bonfigli and Luca Bonfigli of Washington D.C., Kathy Bonfigli of Essex, Andy Bonfigli of Grand Isle, Gabby Bonfigli of Colchester, Nelly and George Bonfigli of Shelburne, Marisa Mora and Mark Bonfigli of Shelburne, and Eddie Bonfigli of West Palm Beach, Fla. – PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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Mission Possible urban scavenger hunt

A United Way Of Chittenden County fundraising event designed to help raise awareness and motivate the community to get involved

united_wayThe United Way of Chittenden County announces the return of Mission Possible at the Burlington Waterfront on Aug. 17 and running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mission Possible (MissionPossibleVT.com) is a unique urban scavenger hunt, created and run by volunteers of the United Way of Chittenden County. The goal of the event is to raise funds and awareness for the organization and the programs it supports. Since its inception in 2010, Mission Possible has gained support by young adults in the community and local businesses, raising over $37,000 to support United Way of Chittenden County and their network of programs and funded partners.

“We are really excited to kick off another Mission Possible urban scavenger hunt this year,” comments United Way lead event volunteer Vicky Smith. “It’s going to be a really fun and memorable half-day event that will really engage participants in a fun and challenging way while teaching them about important community issues.”

Mission Possible is open to the public and 20 participating teams of two will have the opportunity to help raise funds for the community and compete in entertaining mental and physical challenges. The scavenger hunt will take teams all over town to explore and puzzle their way through the exciting mapped out course while also learning more about specific local non-profit programs. Over $1,000 in prizes provided by various local businesses will be awarded directly following the scavenger hunt and snacks and lunch will be provided to all participants.

For more information visit MissionPossibleVT.com