Fundraising Events

Fundraising events are an opportunity for HowardCenter to raise significant funds to support programs and to involve the community in fun events that also raise awareness about our agency. Our annual events include:

Curling for Kids

Started in 2010, the Curling Challenge has generated enthusiasm for the sport of curling and for the event itself. Each year, four-person teams compete for the top prizes. This is a fun event for the athletes, volunteers, and spectators. Visit our Photo Gallery for photos from the 2013 Curling Challenge. The 2014 Curling Challenge, Curling for Kids, will be on March 15, at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. The event will raise money for services and programs that support the thousands of Chittenden County children we serve each year. 

Register here for the 2014 Curling for Kids.

Big Night

Each year in June, the agency hosts Big Night, an evening to share and celebrate stories of success from individuals we serve. In the past, our guests have enjoyed being at UVM's Davis Center and the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, and ECHO on Burlington's waterfront.  Funds raised from the event are used to support HowardCenter client programs that serve chilren, adults, and families.

For more information, contact Deborah Shenk at or 488-6912.


Zoe’s Race

In 2009, Erica Nestor, parent of a child served by HowardCenter Developmental Services, recognized the need for funds to pay for home accessibility modifications for families caring for children with disabilities. She started Zoe’s Race to raise funds and awareness. To date Zoe’s Race has funded significant improvements to the homes of eight families. For more information, go to

Check back this spring for information about the 2014 Zoe's Race.

IEHA Golf Tournament

For 18 years the International Executive Housekeepers Association Vert Mont Chapter has held a golf tournament at Basin Harbor Club that benefits children’s programs at HowardCenter. Currently the tournament supports Outdoor Challenge at Child, Youth and Family Services. Through the years, over $100,000 has been raised to support programs.

For all of these events, our sponsors, supporters, participants, and volunteers are what make them successful. We are very grateful for the growing number of individuals and businesses who have taken the lead with strong financial support for our events.