LUDLOW, Vt. – On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Okemo Community Challenge held its annual fundraiser, Flannel with Flair, at Okemo Mountain Resort’s Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. Guests shed their ski gear and donned their best flannel for an evening of dining, dancing and a combination of live and silent auctions. Dinner was prepared by Okemo Executive Chef Scot Emerson and staff. The Josh Panda Band provided the music. The “Fund A Need” component of the event raised money to bring back Ludlow’s Fourth of July fireworks. The fireworks will be held on July 2, 2017, at the West Hill Recreation Area.
The Okemo Community Challenge (OCC), founded in 1996, has raised close to $2 million through the generous support of local businesses, homeowners and visitors to fund challenge grants for our local non-profits. OCC actively supports our schools, whose declining budgets make it difficult to provide students with state-of-the-art technology and enrichment programs. OCC has funded Streetscapes and the Ludlow Garden Club, organizations that brighten up our Main Street. Fletcher Memorial Library, Black River Academy Museum, LPCTV, Friends of Ludlow Auditorium, Black River Area Community Coalition, Windsor County Youth Services and the Gill Odd Fellows Home have all received support from OCC.
The OCC board (Diane Mueller, Kathy Burns, Lisa Schmidt, Joyce Washburn, Leslie Stuart and Kevin Barnes) thanks everyone who donated, volunteered and attended Flannel with Flair. Your support helps us to continue our efforts to help make the Ludlow community stronger and more vibrant … a better place to live, work and play.