Shelburne student plans benefit for Vt. Women’s Fund


A mind, body, and spirit fundraiser to benefit the Vermont Women’s Fund is planned for Saturday, March 16 from 9 am to 4 pm at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.

Champlain Valley Union High School senior, Claire Stoner, organized the event to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit organization as part of her Graduation Challenge Project.

“I really wanted to take the Grad Challenge opportunity to do something for the community that I grew up in,” said the Shelburne teen. “Because it is my senior year, I figured it was a good time to give back. I’m also interested in that area of work for the future,” Stoner added.

The Vermont Women’s Fund (VWF) raises funds and makes grants exclusively to support the needs of women and girls. The grants the women receive help move them out of poverty, establish safe relationships, choose healthy behaviors, build communication skills, master non-traditional occupations, and strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual, and financial well-being causing a positive ripple effect in Vermont communities.

“The Women’s Fund has been a part of my life for a very long time,” Stoner informed. “My mom is their bookkeeper and has introduced me to the organization through fundraising events. I wanted to take this opportunity to challenge myself and see if this career path was something worth pursuing,” she insisted.

The benefit will include meditation with Marilyn Neagley, yoga with Julia Howe Sullivan, Zumba with Jennifer Olson, tai chi with Anthony Galas, restorative yoga, and a silent auction.

“This fundraiser is an opportunity to support a great cause,” Stoner noted “and although what I’m doing is a more difficult type of Grad Challenge, I am thoroughly enjoying it.”

For more information about the mind, body, spirit benefit or to make a tax deductible donation please contact Claire Stoner at (802) 922-6396.

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