Hub Happenings

Lenny’s customers raise money for Special Olympics 

Lenny’s customers raised $5,625 for local athletes with intellectual disabilities, the company announced last week.

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel held an Olympic donation event, and the store and its customers collectively raised $4,513 for Special Olympics Vermont and $1,112 for Special Olympics New York. Customers were challenged to make a platinum, gold, silver or bronze level donation and to receive a discount on their purchase.

Merchants Bank appoints Ackerly

Marie Thresher, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Merchants Bank, recently announced the promotion of Mark Ackerly to director of information technology.

Ackerly has more than 16 years of information security and technology management experience. Prior to joining Merchants Bank, he was vice president and director of information security for Community Bank Systems.

Periodontist hires new doctor

Dr. Brian Shuman, owner of Associates in Periodontics in South Burlington and Barre, announced last week that Dr. Scott Gruwell has joined the practice. He will be seeing patients at both offices starting March 24.

Gruwell received his dental degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He received awards for both Excellence in Clinical Dentistry and for Uncommon Dedication to the Field. He received his Certificate in Periodontics from Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base while also earning a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. He served in the United States Air Force for 10 years and was the director of Postgraduate Periodontal Education.

Hannaford donates food

Hannaford Supermarkets donated approximately $5,000 in food to the Vermont Foodbank on March 13 as part of a hunger-relief campaign that produced more than $1 million in product and cash donations across five Northeast states, including $107,000 in Vermont. Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger took place in December and included a you-buy-one, we-give-one component.

The annual anti-hunger campaign also invited customers to purchase Helping Hands boxes of the food items for local pantries. Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger generated $1,025,500 in product and cash donations in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York in 2014.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group makes donation

Earlier this month, employees of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group made a trip to the Vermont Foodbank. Besides spending the afternoon working in the Foodbank’s warehouse, Vermont Mutual’s president and CEO, William Catto, and a group of employees presented the Foodbank with a $10,000 donation to support hunger relief in Vermont.

National Life Group Foundation grants Vermont Foodbank

National Life Group Foundation announced its continued support of the Vermont Foodbank BackPack Program with a $25,000 grant.

Now in its seventh year, the BackPack Program is a nationally recognized program of Feeding America and is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources, like school breakfast and lunch, are not available on weekends and school vacations. This year, the BackPack Program is providing weekly food packages to 1,000 children at 24 Vermont schools.

Fat Ski-A-Thon raises $117,000

The Lake Tahoe-based High Fives Nonprofit Foundation joined hundreds of supporters at Sugarbush Resort in Warren on March 1 for its fourth annual Fat Ski-a-Thon. The event raises money for mountain and winter action sports athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury.

Participants contributed more than 800 individual donations and exceeded the fundraising goal of $100,000 to raise more than $117,000 for the foundation.

ECHO announces new staff 

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, recently announced additions to its staff.

New staff includes:

Jessie Forand, communications coordinator

Noella Krakowski, science education specialist

Chris Whitaker, facilities and exhibits specialist

Ryan Daudelin, development associate

Karen LaBelle, accounting associate.

Shannon Kane, environmental exhibit specialist.

Sodexo names director of local food initiative 

Food service company Sodexo recently announced the hiring of Anne Rowell of Craftsbury as the director of its “Vermont First” local food initiative. Rowell—a Vermont native, Middlebury College graduate and local food advocate—will lead Sodexo’s program to help grow the local food economy and to supply consumers with more locally sourced food.

Hergenrother and UPN receive awards

Adam Hergenrother, operating principal of KW Vermont and CEO of Universal Properties Network (UPN), was honored at the annual Keller Williams Realty Family Reunion Awards Lunch in Orlando in early February. Hergenrother and UPN were named the #1 Business Innovator in Units (with 300 units closed in 2014) and the #2 Business Innovator in GCI (with $1.6 Million in 2014).