Stemwinder hosts Black River Academy wine and cheese fundraiser

Black River Independent School Committee at Stemwinder Wine & Cheese fundraiser. Photo provided

LUDLOW, Vt. – The Black River Independent School Committee drew together an excited and engaged crowd of community members and supporters at their Wine & Cheese fundraiser Wednesday, July 10. Wendy Neal of Stemwinder and Leslie Stuart of the Wine & Cheese Depot generously hosted the event. Stemwinder made the perfect backdrop for an evening of inspired conversation around preserving and reimagining quality local education. Several committee members gave an overview of the progress being made by BRISC as well as delving into some key components that will drive the mission and vision of the school.

The group continues to seek input from the community. Weekly meetings are held every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Black River High School library. Anyone with interest or expertise is encouraged to attend the meetings and to contribute to the work in progress. The group’s current focus is to raise $200,000 for startup and $600,000 for reserve funds to establish Black River Academy. BRISC is seeking not only monetary support but also volunteers.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved with the Black River Independent School, please contact Uli Donohue or John Bannon at Please visit Donations can be made on the website or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 485. Ludlow, VT 05149.

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