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30 Snowmobile VERMONT The Barre Town Thunder Chickens Snowmobile Club and the Mercy family hosted the 16th Annual Travis Mercy Skatepark Fundraiser on Saturday Feb. 6. The event usually consists of a snowmobile poker run silent auction quilt raffle and meal which had to be tweaked a bit for lack of snow this year. For the second year we held the event at Barre Town School which adjoins the Town of Barre Recreation Facility where the Skatepark is located. This venue gives us plenty of room to accommodate the attendees and silent auction items on display. At age 15 Travis was taken from us in a car accident and he and his family were actively involved with our club. The skatepark was in the works and was another favorite pastime of Travis and his friends in East Barre. The park was named in his memory and the Barre Town Thunder Chickens have hosted yearly events to raise money for it. Monies raised to date have allowed the park to be self-sustaining and not require a line item in the town budget. We work in conjunction with the Mercy family specifically his mother Linda who coordinates events at the park and works with the town to keep the park fresh and in ship shape Im told she is currently working with the park designer to construct more ramps and is organizing a summer camp and learn to skate days in June. Thanks to all that came out this year in support of our event and to the many local and Vermont businesses that donated items to our silent auction. Without your continued support our efforts would not allow us to provide this great community event. We look forward to seeing you next season for the 17th Annual Travis Mercy Skatepark Fundraiser A variety of food including barbequed chicken was served by the Racing Chefs. Randy Henry center has donated the catering for three years now in tribute to Travis.Greg Sabins left and Snapper Henry right helped deliver a great meal. Thunder Chickens President Dave Rouleau presents poker winner Raymond Gingras with his cash prize. He donated half it of back to the fundraiser. Many thanks to great Vermont companies for donations Cabot Ben Jerrys Vermont Teddy Bear Alchemist as well as the many local business that always support our club including Bond Auto Barre Electric Lowell McLeods Chasis Allen Lumber and many others. Travis Mercys grandmother Lulah Lavery sold rae tickets for a quilt donated by the Montgomery Quilting Circle. Peggy Henry records Bob Stewarts poker hand information for the scorecard. A total of 55 poker hands were sold throughout the day. TRAVIS MERCY Over 70 people purchased meal tickets for the 16th annual event which was held at the Barre Town school cafeteria. They raised 4500 for the skatepark. TRAVIS MERCYTRAVIS MERCYTRAVIS MERCY Linda Mercy proudly wears her Travis Mercy Skatepark shirt which memorializes her son doing what he loved best. Photos by Beth Godin Cindy Locke By David Rouleau Thunder Chickens Vinny Covino Kevin Collins Alex Lessard and Emily Lamson enjoyed the meal and bid on silent auction items. Vinny and Kevin are groomer operators and Alex is in training to become one. Skatepark Fundraiser Barre Town Thunder chickens