Fundraising Events

Headrest organizes two public fundraising events each year, the Mud Season Madness dinner-dance was first held in 2006 and the Rail Trail Ramble, always held on Labor Day, began as the Headrest Walkathon in 2004 and evolved into the popular RTR in 2007. In addition we are supported by other organizations such as Cully’s Run (see below), The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and as a Community Partner by the Hanover Cooperative Consumer Foundation, among others.

Rail Trail Ramble

In 2004, then Executive Director Mike Cryans originated a summertime event to celebrate Headrest’s success in assisting clients suffering from substance abuse disorders and other issues to gain appropriate treatment and recovery. In 2007 this event expanded to become the annual Labor Trail Ramble on Labor Day. In 2016, the 10th RTR will be held on Monday, Sept. 5.

In 2015, the Ramble started at 9AM and ramblers (walkers, runners, bikers, trikers) headed out from the trailhead near the CCBA in Lebanon toward Enfield where the first 50 or so were treated to pie. Returning to the Lebanon green, they then enjoyed a barbecue sponsored by Mascoma Bank, the drawing for the Bike Raffle sponsored by Omer and Bob’s, and a band.

The 10th Annual Headrest Labor Day Rail Trail Ramble was held on Monday September 5, 2016. There were more than 250 participants including more than 100 young folks (“under 23s”) who participated under our collaboration with Positive Tracks and Hypertherm’s Hope Foundation. It was a truly gorgeous day and all enjoyed a beautiful ramble, a delicious barbecue thanks to Mascoma Savings Bank, and terrific music thanks to the Joe Miller Project. The beautiful mountain bike donated by Omer and Bob’s was won by a very happy ticket holder from Barre! See you next year at the 11th annual RTR!

More information can be found here.

Cully’s Run Cully's Pufferfishis an annual event sponsored by the Cullinan Family and the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Club in memory of Katy Cullinan. The Cullinan family and the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Team organize this 5K run/walk event and generously donate the proceeds to Headrest in support of the 24/7/365 crisis hotline. This year, the 9th annual event will be held in May 2017 at a date and time to be determined at the Corey Ford Rugby Field in Hanover. Online registration and donations will be available.

The 10th annual Mud Season Madness was held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Quechee Club
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The first Mud Season Madness dinner was held in April 2006 at the Riverside Grill where it took hold as a wonderful way to say goodbye to Winter and welcome to Spring. After the Riverside closed, the event moved to the Mariott Courtyard for several years until moving to the Quechee Club in 2014.

The Mud Season Madness dinner will not take place in 2017 as we hope to focus our efforts on the Rail Trail Ramble and other fund raising opportunities. Stay tuned!

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