Summer Celebration nets $3,000 for NEPS

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., Jul. 22, 2013
Beth Lestage, Aleks Barclay and Katie Webster pick out props for a photo shoot at Tom's Good Time Entertainment photo booth. Photos by D. Coffey.
Beth Lestage, Aleks Barclay and Katie Webster pick out props for a photo shoot at Tom's Good Time Entertainment photo booth. Photos by D. Coffey.

Northeast Placement Services held its eighth annual Summer Celebration at Woodstock Fair Grounds on July 20. Almost 100 area vendors contributed materials, services and gift certificates to the non-profit's largest annual fundraiser. According to Lynn Collins, NEPS expected to raise more than $3,000 from a silent auction, flea market, gifts, games, rides, food and beverage sales.

“This is all from the generosity of our community,” said NEPS Executive Director Timothy Kettle.

Pony rides drew a long line of children, as did a water slide and moonbounce. Children flocked to a table where they could watch chicks hatch and hold them in their hands. The event showcased area businesses and organizations, live music, Tra la la the clown, and a chicken barbecue.

Money raised from the event will allow NEPS to purchase an automatic external defibrillator. Any remaining funds will go toward renovation costs associated with the creation of a culinary arts program in Woodstock. Kettle hopes renovations for the popular program will begin in September.

With help from new board member Liz Caswell, that culinary program may get started sooner than expected. Caswell recently moved to the area from Glastonbury. The financial services executive wanted to put her corporate experience to good use. “I was looking to do volunteer work in the area,” she said. “I was really looking for good cause that would involve a lot of people in the community.”

Kettle already has plans for expanding next year's Summer Celebration. He wants to include a fireman's muster, laser tag and more food vendors. “NEPS covers the whole of northeastern Connecticut. We're going to find more ways to keep this thing growing,” he said.


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