2018 Howard Center Curling challenge

Curlers on the ice at the 2018 Howard Center Curling Challenge.

Howard Center and the South Burlington Rotary Club have announced they will join forces to present the 10th Annual Curling Challenge fundraiser in March 2019. Howard Center had previously announced 2018 as their curling finale due to limited resources. Several Rotary members, who had participated in past curling challenges, saw an opportunity to continue this unique fundraiser while supporting both Howard Center and the South Burlington Rotary Club. For the 2019 fundraiser, the two organizations will work together to produce the Curling Challenge and share in the proceeds to support Howard Center services and Rotary activities that benefit many local community organizations.

“Our club has been seeking a new community project,” said South Burlington Rotary Club President George Donovan. “Taking on Howard Center’s Curling Challenge is in keeping with our mission to provide service and support for our community, as well as advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship with area businesses, professionals, and community leaders. We are looking forward to this year’s event, and we hope to increase awareness and support for both organizations.”

Registration for the 2019 Curling Challenge will open in January, and information will be available on the website of both organizations. Community business sponsors will be invited to join in supporting the fundraiser. As an incentive, the South Burlington Rotary Club will offer sponsors at the $1,500 level an honorary three-month club membership from April 1 through June 30. The honorary membership entitles a sponsor representative to participate in weekly meetings, including breakfast, and all special club events during that time.

Howard Center staff will provide support throughout the planning and transition process, and funds raised from the event will be used to support the essential Howard Center programs that help individuals and families in the community, including 24/7/365 crisis services, residential programs, specialized schools, street outreach, as well as substance use treatment and recovery.

“We are grateful for the support of the South Burlington Rotary Club, and we are looking forward to continuing our involvement with our curling partners and making new friends along the way,” said Denise Vignoe, Howard Center Director of Development and Communications.

As in past years, the Green Mountain Curling Club, with assistance from the Rutland Rocks Curling Club, will provide instruction and equipment for all 32 teams of four as they compete throughout the day, March 16, at Cairns Arena in South Burlington.

Viewing the event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register a team in January, visit www.southburlingtonrotary.org or howardcenter.org.

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