Letter to the editor: Amie Hutchison

Thank you, our community, for supporting Trekkers

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 9:30am

With the summer coming to an end and our 26th program year starting next week, I look back on this summer’s fundraising efforts, grateful for the community’s support. Thank you for being a part of our summer’s community events, whether you ran, walked  or bid, you are also a part of our success. Thomaston Trek 5K/10K and the Art Auction both went virtual this year and together raised $14,625. A total of $4,800 was raised by students to support their yearly program dues, which will enable students to participate in activities and experiences throughout the year, like the sailing, cooking, climbing activities that we offered this summer.

As students head back to school, our team feels incredibly grateful and energized to be able to do what we do. Trekkers programming offers what we’ve heard is critical for students right now – unwavering connection to peers and caring mentors, development of social-emotional skills, and experiences that spark interests and keep students engaged. Every dime of what’s been raised will be put towards our mission – cultivating the inherent strengths of young people through the power of long-term mentoring relationships. This year, our goal is to help our students navigate whatever is ahead with much-needed supports in place.

Thank you, our community, for helping make this possible!

A special thanks to all of our businesses sponsors for their support throughout the year and also to the Mort Family Foundation Art of Stewardship and Betsy Welch for taking such active supporting roles in the Art Auction.

Thanks also to all the contributing Art Auction artists, who donated their time, talent and thoughtfulness to create an original, custom piece. Artists included: Angela Anderson, Joan Benotti, Dona Bergen, Kim Bernard, Kate Braestrup, Julie Crane, Evelyn Donnelly, Nancy Glassman, Ariel Hall, Lily Hamill, Ann Hritz, Kris Johnson, Otty Merrill, Greg Mort, Jon Mort, Hannah Nelsbach, DiTa Ondek, Kristina Day Osgood, Björn Runquist, Greta Van Campen, Sandy Weisman, Betsy Welch, and Heather White. This event was possible thanks to your support!

All contributions to Trekkers help ensure young people have the skills they need to cope and stay on track, and powerful support systems that persist through disruption. 

Amie Hutchison is Executive Director of Trekkers