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Individual contributions are the single most effective way for a nonprofit organization to raise money.  But, hosting events raises awareness while creating a profit.  In addition, events demonstrate to ALS patients, as well as to their friends and family, that people are working towards combating the disease.  In addition, fundraisers allow survivors of ALS victims to revisit and remember.  Yes, the memories are bittersweet, but by raising awareness and money for research and present ALS patients, most survivors feel as though they are making a difference.  And they are.

Upcoming Events

We are currently planning our second events in Chicago and New York, as well as our fourth annual CT fundraiser!  Please contact Heidi if you wish to help out with these future events, or if you have an idea for a fundraiser in a city near you!  Thank you!  Please keep posted for more details on these future events.  

      Previous Events

The Curtis R. Vance Spring Celebration 2000, May 21-22, 2000, Danville, Vermont.  Raised over $7,500 for The Curtis R. Vance Foundation.  Dinner/dance gala and silent auction.  Thank you to all who attended and donated items for the auction! 

The Curtis R. Vance Memorial Golf Tournament, September 13, 2000, St. Johnsbury, Vermont.  This event was organized by a close friend of Curt's.  He put it all together, and raised over $1,000 for the foundation.  Thank You Jon!

Heidi's mother, Ginger, turned 50 in October, 2000.  Heidi, her two sister, and their father gave Ginger a surprise party and asked that in lieu of gifts, people donate to the foundation.  Thank you all!  You raised $3,000!

New York City Bowling Event, October 27,2000.  Beth Chamberlin, star of CBS's The Guiding Light, co-hosted an annual bowling event that raised money for three charities.  The Curtis R. Vance Foundation received just under $7,000.  Thank you all, and especially Beth!

The Curtis R. Vance Foundation's First Annual San Francisco Fundraiser, The Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco, California, Friday, April 20, 2001.
This event was made possible with the help of many of Heidi's friends, including Julie, Christine, Mary Beth, Matt, Brian, Ten Mile Tide, and MANY others.  Thanks to all of our friends and parents who attended, donated, and celebrated life in memory of Curtis Vance.  We raised over $9,000! 

The Curtis R. Vance Foundation's First Annual Chicago Fundraiser, The Elbo Room, Chicago, Illinois, Saturday, April 28, 2001.
This evening included performances by Johnny Polonsky, The Girls, 40 Minute Finish, and Slipstream (whose guitarist's mother suffers from ALS and attended the show -   thanks to the Alvarez family and friends for all of their support!).  This event was made possible with the help of board member, Jen Hefner, Joe Dapier, Henry Jannsen and The Elbo Room, Bob and Jackie Hefner, the four previously mentioned bands, Charlie Trotter, A La Carte, WNEP theatre, Les Lee and Innerview home, Century Centre Cinema, and others.  Congratulations to everyone on their hard work; we raised over $4,000! 

The Curtis R. Vance Spring Celebration 2001, Saturday, June 23, 2001, St. Johnsbury and North Danville, Vermont.
This full day event included a Golf Tournament at The St. Johnsbury Country Club, followed by a dinner/dance gala and silent auction at The Curtis R. Vance Memorial Orchard.  
22 teams of 4 played 18 holes of golf at a beautiful course (thank you for the gorgeous weather... it poured everywhere but on us!).  Next year we know we will fill the tournament with 30 teams!  Thanks go to the St. Johnsbury Country Club, ATD Signs, Cabot Creamery, Northern Petroleum, St. Jay Auto, and all of those who played and contributed!  Hundreds of supporters, both family and friends, attended the dinner/dance/silent auction at a serene spot in the Northeast Kingdom, The Curtis R. Vance Memorial Orchard.  Despite the downpour, everyone enjoyed excellent food, prepared by Marty Beattie, and the silent auction, (over 90 items... thanks go to all of those who donated) and great music by The Bel-Aires.  This event was made possible by a collaborative effort!  And, we raised over $12,000!  Thanks go to the entire community!  See you all next year!  Same time.  Same places.

Open House Holiday Celebration, Saturday, December 8, 2001, The Erdmann Residence, Wethersfield, Connecticut.  
The Curtis R. Vance Foundation extended this invitation in the hope that family, friends, and supporters of ALS awareness would come together during the holiday season to celebrate life, and hope.  They did, and in doing so, they raised over $6,000!  Thank you!!! 

The Curtis R. Vance Foundation's First Annual Boston Fundraiser, The Rack, Boston, Massachusetts, May 11, 2002. 
A great event!  About 200 people joined us for an early evening of appetizers, pool, and a silent auction (Go Pats!).  Thanks to all of those who participated.  We had a wonderful time, and raised over $6,000!  We'll be doing it again next year, so stay tuned!  Again, thanks to The Rack for donating the space, pool tables, and aps! 

The Curtis R. Vance Spring Celebration 2002, Saturday, June 22, 2002, St. Johnsbury and North Danville, Vermont.
This full day event included the foundation's second annual Vermont Golf Tournament at The St. Johnsbury Country Club, followed by dinner/ live auction/ entertainment at The Curtis R. Vance Memorial Orchard in North Danville.  It was a great event,and fun was had by all!  Thanks to all of those who came out for the wonderful day, and a special thanks to Curtis' family for all of their hard work to make this event a tremendous success!  We raised over $10,000!  We are looking forward to it again in 2003!

The Curtis R. Vance Foundation's First Annual New York event, Wednesday, November 13, 2002.  T.G. Whitney's, 244 East 53rd Street, New York, New York.  Thanks to all who joined us for drinks, light appetizers, and a silent auction!  A great time was had by all and numerous attendees were thrilled to hear Heidi's presentation on the CRV Foundation and ALS research.  A special thanks to T.G. Whitney's for donating their entire two-story venue, and light appetizers.  And, incredible thanks to all who helped raise just over $4,000! 

2002 Holiday Celebration - Open House, Saturday, December 7 , 2002, The Regius Residence, Farmington, Connecticut.  
Once again, The Curtis R. Vance Foundation extended this invitation in the hope that family, friends, and supporters of ALS awareness would come together during the holiday season to celebrate life, and hope.  They did, and in doing so, they raised over $5,000!  Thank you!!!  And, a special thanks to the Regius family for opening their home and hosting such a wonderful fundraiser! 

The Curtis R. Vance Foundation's Second Annual Boston Fundraiser, The Rack, Boston, Massachusetts, Friday, May 2, 2003.  Thank you for helping the Curtis R. Vance Foundation support ALS research at MGH!  We were proud to have the support of MGH and were thrilled to be sponsored by Boston.com!  Thank you for joining us for appetizers, pool, and a silent auction.  You helped us to raise a little over $4,000! 

How can you help? 

Do you have an idea for a fundraiser?  Do you know a family, or a group of families that have lost someone to ALS and have wanted to DO SOMETHING, but haven't known what to do?  Do you know a person presently living with ALS who would want to be part of a fundraiser, but isn't sure how to go about it?  This foundation is fully aware of the cost of living with ALS.  How about a fundraiser to raise awareness, and benefit both an ALS patient, and this foundation?  Contact Us with any ideas or comments.