The sun was setting beautifully outside the windows of the Burlington International Airport while competitors excitedly trickled in, registering for their chance to win the title of 2016 Rock Paper Scissors Tournament Champion. In additional to dozens of spectators, over 65 contestants came out to battle it out individually and on teams. Contestants moved past registration with their Swag Bags in hand, courtesy of our generous event contributors, to purchase the additional lives they would need to keep them alive throughout the competition.
Featured next to the Battleground was a gallery of the guests at ANEW Place.The ‘I Am More Than Homeless’ Gallery has found its way around town, educating Burlington residents and visitors alike, about the very special guests at ANEW Place.
The Gallery includes the stories that each guest has brought with them to ANEW Place as well as how ANEW Place is helping them to rewrite their story.
The gallery has been displayed in several places in Vermont including Arts Riot, New Moon Café, The Old Lantern Inn & Barn, and now the Burlington International Airport.
Many competitors took a spin through the amazing raffle prizes that were made possible by the generosity of over 30 local businesses in our community.There was quite a selection of prizes to include spa kits, restaurant gift cards, concert tickets, gift baskets, jewelry, clothing items, passes to Stowe Mountain Resort, and the grand raffle prize of a Golf Package for four to the Burlington Country Club valued at $480.
After purchasing a few raffle tickets & grabbing snacks and libations, competitors congregated around the Battleground awaiting their Battle assignments and comparing their plans of attack. Some folks wore big rings to distract their opponents and give themselves the upper hand in the competition. Others studied videos online trying to learn as much about RPS statistics and technique as they could before they had to compete in front of the pressure of a very excited crowd!
Al Getler, President of the Burlington Free Press, was the distinguished Emcee for evening and brought great humor, energy, and clarity to the competition. He called competitors to their stations and reported on all of the battle happenings in the arena.
The airport mezzanine was alive with energy, full of laughter, and more than just a few folks using their outdoor voices inside.
The celebrity judges added a welcomed competitive spirit to the tournament and included: Jane Knodell, Burlington City Council President; Don Laackman, President of Champlain College; Don Baker, Vermont Market President at KeyBank ; Erin Cofiell, Local 22/44 Sports Reporter; Rylee Field, Miss Vermont 2016; and ANEW’s very own Executive Director, Valerie Brosseau.
“I was proud to be able to participate in their successful Rock Paper Scissors fundraiser,” said Don Laackman, “the work of ANEW is vital to the most underserved citizens in our community.”
Special thanks to Julie Richards of Julie C. Richard’s photography for her incredibly hard work and generous investment in organizing the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament. Julie Richards was not only responsible leading a committee of 12 individuals made up of volunteers from within our community as well as ANEW Staff, but
she was also responsible for breathing new life into the best Rock Paper Scissors Tournament ANEW Place has had yet!
Because of Richard’s leadership, tenacity, and overall generosity, this event was a huge success.
Competitors made it through 7 grueling rounds on the Battleground until at last, Ray Racine of Hallam-ICS in South Burlington took home the gold! Ray has been a long time supporter of ANEW Place and moved through the competition with a beaming smile on his face and attributed his winnings to ‘Dumb luck!’ Racine won the Grand Prize of a $500 Visa Gift Card, donated by Julie C. Richards Photography, and without blinking, he immediately donated the $500 back to the ANEW Place! He is an all around Champion!
“What an amazing event with a creative and fun touch!” said Gene Richards, Director of the BTV Airport, “Thank you for doing amazing work for people that are down on their luck and looking to reach their potential.”
Our community came together in so many beautiful ways to support the programs at ANEW Place, giving the homeless men and women at ANEW the chance to transform their lives, reintegrate back into the community, and start anew.
Thanks to all of the generous sponsors, contributors, media outlets, volunteers, and participants, ANEW Place was able to exceed their fundraising goal and raise $16,000 to support the life changing programs at ANEW Place!