In the past, Headrest organized 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. For 2017, our fundraising efforts will be combined into one event- the popular Rail Trail Ramble!In addition we are fortunate to be 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.
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 Rail Trail Ramble on Labor Day. In 2017, the 10th RTR will be held on Monday, Sept. 4.
In 2016, 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 this year at the 11th annual RTR!
This year’s 2017 Rail Trail Ramble was held on September 4th and the weather cooperated beautifully. Participants enjoyed the Rail Trail (and the Pie Stop) and returned to share the BBQ hosted by Mascoma Bank – all while listening to live music and anxiously waiting to hear if their raffle ticket was called. And, we had a RTR first: Heads or Tails game with the winner receiving an iPad! We look forward to next’s years Ramble and need your help to make it happen.Please consider a donation today or participation in the 2018 Rail Trail Ramble to be held on Labor Day 2018!
Cully’s Run is an annual mental health awareness and charity event with proceeds going to Headrest, helping to support our 24-hour crisis hotline and recovery services for NH, VT, and ME. Those struggling with mental health might not be familiar with the local resources available to them, so Cully’s Run is Dartmouth Women’s Rugby’s effort to acquaint the local community with the resources that are available in case an individual or a loved one is ever in need of assistance. Their aim is to initiate conversations within the community about mental health and enjoy a day on the rugby pitch. This family-friendly event took place on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at the Corey Ford Clubhouse. We saw some familiar faces there helping to fund our mission!
Register today by clicking HERE.
The 10th annual Mud Season Madness was held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Quechee Club
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 fundraising opportunities. Stay tuned!