VIM Gala a Record-Breaking Success

It was a great party and a heart-warming evening.  A dixieland band greeted guests as they arrived; a wandering jester plied his trade; delicious hors d’oeuvres were plentiful.  Multiple strands of “bling” matched the glitter of the décor and contributed to VIM’s fabulous Mardi Gras Gala which broke previous attendance records at 227 supporters, 40 more attendees than last year, according to VIM Board Trustee Jane Salamon of the Development Committee.

“Our Gala Chairs Hildi Black and Nancy Bernstein and their Committee did it again,” said Salamon.  “They put on a wonderful event and transformed Butternut Lodge into a beautiful Mardi Gras venue that felt like New Orleans in the Berkshires.”

The Gala is VIM’s major annual fund-raiser and was “phenomenal,” according to Board Chair Art Peisner.

“We raised more that 25% above our previous high in donations,” said Peisner.  “We were especially grateful to Elaine and Bernie Roberts whose generous donation helped us raise record funds during our Service Auction.”

Elaine and Bernie Roberts donated $100,000 in a multi-year grant for VIM Berkshires, with $50,000 designated as a “challenge grant” for this year’s Gala.  The yearly Service Auction at the Gala raises money to help pay for critical health care services for VIM patients. The Auction successfully met and even exceeded this year’s goal at the Gala.

Visit 2015 Gala gallery for more photos.