Annual Cherished Goods Auction benefits hospice

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Area Hospice is presenting the annual Cherished Goods Auction this year on Saturday, Oct. 17.

In addition to offering a wide variety of antiques and an array of trips spanning the globe from Africa to Tuscany, the Cotswolds, Antigua and Boston, this year the hospice will offer a year's family membership at the Hermitage Club in southern Vermont's Deerfield Valley. The Hermitage Club is a four-season private club celebrating “outdoors and family fun,” according to a news release.

Membership includes, among other things, unlimited skiing for a single family, 50 guest ski passes and unlimited use of all other winter activities to include access to the new 80,000 square-foot timber frame clubhouse. This structure houses a restaurant and bar, private dining rooms, locker rooms, spa and fitness center, child care center, snow sports school, movie theater, bowling alley, and arcade.

During the warmer seasons, there is unlimited golf for immediate family members along with 10 guest passes among other warm weather activities.

The non-transferable offer is for a single family including children up to 25 years old. Online bids for this item will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Visit to place a bid. The winner will be announced at the Cherished Goods Auction event that evening. Participants need not be present to win.

The minimum bid is $6,000 for this package valued at $15,000.

The Cherished Goods Auction will be held at the VFW on Black Mountain Road. The event starts at 5 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails (cash bar) and a preview of items featured in the live auction, which starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but cash donations are accepted.

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