BMH “Showers to Flowers” Auction to Raise Money for Cancer Care

Area stores, restaurants, hotels and other businesses have generously contributed products and services to help raise funds for cancer care services at BMH. The donated items have been combined into spring-themed packages which will be auctioned off the night of the gala.

Tickets to an upcoming Neil Diamond concert at TD Garden highlight the “Spring Fling” package, courtesy of TD Bank. Cycling enthusiasts may enjoy the “Spring Excursion” package, which includes services at Burrows Specialized Sports and West Hill Shop, plus a two-night stay at the Wildflower Inn and free registration in the Tour de Heifer farm-to-farm bicycle tour. BMH President and CEO Steven R. Gordon and his wife Sharon are contributing a one-week stay at their vacation home in Chatham, Massachusetts for a “Spring Break on the Cape” getaway package.

More auction packages will continue to be added as the date of the gala approaches. A full list is available by visiting and clicking on the Giving From The Heart graphic. The “Showers to Flowers” auction is sponsored by Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee.

Tickets are on sale now for the Giving From The Heart Gala, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the All Souls UU Church in West Brattleboro. They can be purchased in advance at or by calling the BMH Development & Community Relations office at 802-257-8314. The All Souls UU Church is located at 29 South Street in West Brattleboro, Vermont. Visit for directions.

During this year’s festivities, BMH will honor Chuck Cummings for his charitable support to the hospital and other area nonprofits. Cummings is a retired partner from the Brattleboro law firm Kristensen Cummings Phillips & Carroll. In addition to serving on the hospital board, he has been a trustee for Thompson House, Rescue Inc. and the Winston Prouty Center, among other community organizations. The gala will also feature a cash bar and hardy hors d’oeuvres provided by North End Butchers, with music for dancing by The Tom Foolery Band.

Proceeds from this year’s gala will support the BMH Oncology department. The hospital provides care to patients experiencing cancer and their families through its outpatient clinic, five days a week. The board-certified staff includes Letha Mills, MD, and James Nickerson, MD, and Agnes Mikijaniec, NP, as well as certified oncology nurses Barbara Evans, RN, Barbara Evans, RN and Gloria Solar, RN. Nurse Navigator Kelly McCue and the Comprehensive Breast Care Program are also part of the hospital’s oncology department.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) has provided health care services for over a hundred years. A 61-bed, not-for-profit, community hospital located in Southeast Vermont, it serves a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The medical staff includes 137 board-certified physicians, both primary care and many specialists, and its 515 employees enjoy the help of over 150 active volunteers. BMH is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading standards-setting and accrediting organization in health care.