The holiday season has arrived, and with it has brought the true spirit of giving. Last week, at the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer, a drawing was held for 200 gallons of heating fuel. There was a catch. The winner, a local business member, had the responsibility of finding a family in need to give the gift of warmth. Beth Shrader, Director of Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, received the gift through a random drawing. It couldn’t have been a better fit. Beth will use her resources through BAPC and Youth Services to find a family anywhere in our service area who could really use some help this year. This is the third consecutive year that Cota & Cota has given away 200 gallons of heating fuel at the BACC Holiday Mixer through our Ken Cota Gift of Warmth Program. Past recipients have been Kathy Waters of Youth Services, and Steve Cormier of 96.7 WTSA fm. Both used their positions to reach out to the public and find the right candidates for the gift.
After getting such a huge response from the WTSAfm giveaway last year, we have decided to donate a gift of 100 gallons each to two radio stations this heating season – WTSAfm and WXLF. Each radio station has taken on the task of anonymously finding qualified candidates in our service area who could really use some extra help this year with their heating costs. Check out their websites for more information about the giveaways. Let’s help our neighbors by giving the give of warmth!
On Wednesday, November 20, 188 people gathered at the High School in Springfield, VT for it’s 6th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner. The proceeds benefitted the Springfield Family Center Food Shelf and Springfield Art & Historical Society. Guests purchased a dinner of soup, pasta, and bread served in a handmade ceramic bowl, which was theirs to keep. The Springfield High School Culinary Class prepared the food using ingredients donated by local businesses. Most of the bowls were made by students of Springfield High School. The clay was donated through the Okemo Community Challenge Grant, and Melissa Howe from Endless Creations Pottery helped with the glazing and firing. Dinner was followed by a performance by the Springfield High School Chorus, Madrigal Singers and Wind Ensemble. The event, organized by SHS art teacher Lisa Murray, was a huge success!
Have you ever wondered why the staff at Cota & Cota speak with great pride about our company? Or why we are always willing to volunteer on behalf of our employers? Cota & Cota leads by example. Here is just one example (shared by Jaimi Russell) of what makes us proud to work for such a great organization that continuously goes above and beyond to help those in need:
“I received a call from John Scialdone, who volunteers for the organization Friends of Veterans of VT/NH. He called on behalf of two veterans who were in desperate need of help with an oil delivery. He asked if Cota & Cota would be willing to help in getting oil to two veterans in need. I spoke with Casey and he agreed to donate 150 gallons total to the two veterans. John’s church was willing to split the ticket with us for each individual veteran (75 gallons each) so each veteran received a delivery of 150 gallons.
Thanks to Casey, two veterans in need received the help they so desperately needed and deserved. We were able to make one delivery that same day. The other was made the following day. I felt like a million bucks calling him back to let him know we could do it!”
Update from Jaimi Russell, who volunteered for the Ludlow area Rotary.
“I helped Jim Rumrill (Ludlow Office Manager) chaperone 20 students from all around the world…Sweden, Chile, Iceland, Spain to Italy, Bosnia, Belgium and Germany just to name a few! We toured the USS Constitution, walked the 294 steps up to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument, visited the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Aquarium. We also went on a Duck Tour to learn more about the city of Boston on land and water. We saw a Harvard Hockey Game, and Blue Man Group show. It was an amazing weekend and fun was had by all!”
On Sunday, November 10 we were honored to lend a hand in the 5k run/walk for Khol. The race, held in Townshend, was a benefit for the family of Khol Hitchcock, who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. Six Cota & Cota volunteers handed out water to participants of the 5k benefit from two locations. Many community members donated items such as pies, cakes, maple syrup and hand knit scarves to be raffled off. Some local businesses donated gift certificates. The fundraiser was a huge success, and the money raised will help Khol’s family offset medical expenses as he recovers. Our hearts go out to the Hitchcock Family!
If you have watched Upper Valley Chronicle the past couple of weeks then you have seen Casey Cota and Deb Satterfield discuss the history of Cota & Cota, and what makes us stand apart from the competition. Harold Elliott will appear in episode 3 of this three part series. To see Harold’s interview, tune in to Upper Valley Chronicle on Saturday, November 9 at 6:30pm – (Comcast channel 20). Missed the first two episodes? Watch them here!
Morningside Shelter held their 3rd Annual Hike for the Homeless on October 5, 2013. Thanks to generous community support, nearly $20,000 was raised to benefit the Shelter, which is located in Brattleboro, VT. Cota & Cota’s team, (L-R) Matthew Satterfield, Jill Kelley, Deborah Satterfield, Jaimi Russell, Harold Elliott, and Jennifer Ruderman Priestley, raised nearly $300. It was a great hike with fun company for a good cause!
Sponsored by the NFL, the “Punt, Pass & Kick” program curriculum is designed to teach youths practical skills about the fundamentals of football and team building. In September, Jenn and Casey Cota, Eric Chapin and Chris Moore brought the program to Hadley Field in Bellows Falls, VT. The Cotas sponsored the event, which was managed by Jenn Cota. Kids were helped by Casey, Eric and Chris. The kids had a great time showing their football skills. The winners move on to Massachusetts for the next round.
On September 4, the Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce awarded Cota & Cota it’s 2013 Business of the Year. Jim Tully accepted the award on behalf of Cota & Cota. The event, now in it’s third year, was held at Halladay Harvest Barn Inn. Michelle, GIna and Josh of Greater Falls Pharmacy (2012 Business of the Year) were there to pass the torch.
(L-R) Roger Riccio, GFRCC Director; Katie Dearborne, Board; Michelle, Gina and Josh of Greater Falls Pharmacy; Chris Cota
Three years ago, Casey Cota noticed a need for helping young athletes purchase football equipment. His solution? Organize a football camp to benefit the Connecticut Valley Pee Wee Football League. Children in grades 3-8 gather for one week every August for football camp. The league has now grown to over 100 participants. High school volunteers help with coaching duties to acquire the community service hours they need to graduate. There are also quite a few Cota & Cota employees that volunteer as coaches throughout the week as well. At the end of the week, participants get a t-shirt and pizza party. Big thanks to Casey for organizing the camp, Eric Chapin, and the following Cota & Cota employees for volunteering their time to see that everyone wins: Jim Tully, Harold Elliott, Bill Otis, Tucker Wilkinson and Grant Christiansen. You guys have made a difference!