VERONA – The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district Community Day event raised over $2,100 that was donated to local organizations, and collected numerous items for the canned food and school supply drives, the VVS district announced.
Among those receiving donations were the Oneida Health Foundation Cancer Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Center for Family Life and Recovery, the Holy Family Food Pantry, the Town of Verona Food Pantry, Madison-Oneida BOCES, the Humane Society of Rome, and VVS Shoebox Santas.
The Community Day fundraiser, held last month at VVS High School, included various activities and entertainment such as bounce houses, live music, craft fair, fire trucks and smoke house, health and wellness vendors, and food vendors.
““We are proud to be able to give back to our community, and are grateful for the generous sponsors, attendees, student organizations, faculty, and donors that make that possible,” said event organizer Sondra Whalen. “Every year, we select local organizations that are doing important work in service to our students and families to receive the donations. This year’s recipients all make meaningful contributions to our community, and we are pleased to be able to help them fulfill their missions.”
Cassandra Sheets, CEO of the Center for Family Life and Recovery, said “donations help organizations like ours to get recognition for the work that we do. 100% of the money that is donated to us goes to the programs and work that help kids and families understand how important mental health education and substance abuse prevention is.”
VVS Community Day has donated more than $10,000 to local organizations and families over the last five years.
People interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer can call the VVS district at 315-829-7410.