Volunteers gather for a great cause at the third annual Orchard neighborhood sale to benefit the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

A Neighborhood Success: Benefit Sale Raises Money for Alzheimer’s Association

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Thursday October 05, 2017

The third annual Orchard benefit sale raised over $5,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont. A community event, the effort attracted 21 volunteers and twice the number of donated goods than last year’s sale.

Mary Gleason, one of the sale’s organizers and a community banking officer, said, “We are fortunate that my employer, Northfield Savings Bank, lets me have the use of this very high traffic location for the sale. They are really great about supporting employees’ work in the community.”

According to Gleason, the Orchard benefit sale started three years ago with three neighbors who brainstormed ideas for the National Volunteer Day. “We have a great neighborhood and we wanted to bring people together to volunteer for a cause,” she says noting that many of the neighborhood group either knew someone with Alzheimer’s or had lost someone to the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death in Vermont and that, in 2016, more than 1,200 Vermonters were living with the disease. Gleason says, “The third annual Orchard benefit sale is over, however, the need to raise money for programs and research for Alzheimer’s disease is not!” So the group will soon be planning next year’s benefit and they expect the sale will continue to grow. In 2018, they hope to hold the sale earlier in the summer and will look for a larger space to store donated items.

This year, as the 2017 sale ended, volunteers worked to pack up items and take down the 40 plus tables, returning the bank’s parking lot to its original state. Leftover items from the sale were donated to a resale shop in Vergennes, whose proceeds go to hospice and respite care.

To find out how you can be involved in next year’s Orchard benefit sale, contact Mary Gleason at 802-233-5972.