RUTLAND, VT (February 21, 2022) Due to continued uncertainty with COVID-19, the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, (VNAHSR) will postpone the popular fundraising event, Dancing with the Rutland Stars.
Tough Call to Make
“This was a tough call to make,” said Carrie Allen, Committee Chair. “This event is an incredibly important event for pediatric programs and services at the VNA & Hospice and it’s one of our favorite ways to raise much needed awareness and support for these programs.”
Commitment Remains Unchanged
“Our primary concern is always the responsibility we feel towards the safety and health of our dance professionals and stars, who make this show the success it is,” said Bernadette C. Robin, Director of Marketing and Philanthropy. “The event day performance, is the culmination of many months, days, and hours of practice. There is also the considerable additional investment of time in making everything from props to costumes. The uncertainty of when and how COVID will progress throughout 2022 and the commitment of our dance professionals, stars, and volunteer event committee was a very real concern in our decision to postpone the event.”
The event has been a vital fundraising event for pediatric programs since its inaugural event in 2010
“No matter the uncertainty of the pandemic, our commitment to children and families in Bennington and Rutland Counties remains unchanged,” said Sara King, CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. “Thanks to strong community support and the dedication of our staff, we will be here for them through the entirety of their healthcare journey with us.”
“For our Philanthropy Team and the event planning committee, “The show must go on” is part of our DNA, and we are exploring options to reschedule the event in 2023” continued Bernadette Robin. “We are also discussing other safe ways for our community to come together to support pediatric programs at the VNA & Hospice.”
About the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region
Founded in Rutland, Vermont, the VNAHSR has grown to include locations throughout Bennington and Rutland Counties. VNAHSR is a non-profit, Medicare-certified home health and hospice agency delivering a wide range of advanced medical care with compassion, dependability, and expertise to people of all ages.
With office locations in Bennington, Dorset, Manchester, and Rutland, we have over 300 trusted health professionals and caregivers committed to providing exceptional care to patients and families.
Proud of our national reputation for quality care, VNAHSR is highly rated for Quality of Patient Care and Patient Satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is recognized as one of the nation’s top-performing home health agencies by HomeCare Elite, a market-leading review that identifies top Medicare-certified agencies.