One-Time Annual Awards

Lynne Von Trapp Award

For Exemplary Leadership in a Prevention Program for Children

This award is given annually by the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation in honor of Lynne von Trapp, founding benefactor, board member and first Executive Director of the Foundation. The recipient of this award will be selected each year from the recent grantees of the Vermont Children's Trust Fund. The $1,000 award will be given to a program selected by the Foundation and Lynne von Trapp.

The award recipient will have demonstrated s/he is:

  • a driving force in establishing or moving the program or organization forward.
  • responsive to and accurate in meeting the requirements of the Vermont Children's Trust Fund, including proposal submission, reporting and budget management.
  • a good ambassador for the Vermont Children's Trust Fund, both personally and through the work done by the funded program.
  • a positive and optimistic colleague to all.

Past recipients:
2012 - Deb Lyons, Puppets In Education, $4,000 VCTF 20th Anniversary Award
2013 - Laura Lawson Tucker, New England Youth Theatre
2014 - Alison Lamagna, Good Beginnings of Central Vermont
2015 - Brian LaClair, The Hub Teen Center and Skatepark in Bristol

Sally Fox Award

For Outstanding Contributions to Child Well-Being in Vermont

The award is in honor of Sally Fox, who worked as an attorney and director of the Vermont Disabilities Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid before being elected in 1986 to the Vermont House of Representatives from the town of Essex. Sally loved the Vermont Legislature and serving the people of Vermont and she was a tenacious fighter for children's rights and other progressive causes. Among other initiatives she spearheaded on behalf of Vermont children, Sally led the effort to get the Vermont Children’s Trust Fund on the Vermont State Income Tax Return as a way to collect private donations for children’s prevention programs.

When Sally died in 2014, Vermont lost a powerful and effective advocate for children.  In her memory, VCTF will present the Sally Fox Award annually to one Vermont non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization that provides direct services of exceptional merit serving children ages birth to 18. The winner of the award will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the well-being of children in Vermont, either through direct service, increasing public awareness, strengthening policies or creating new initiatives that promote prevention programs. 

Past recipients:
2014 - $8,500, Vermont Works for Women, ‘Janes of All Trades’
2015 - $8,000, The Howard Center, Community Mentoring

Turrell Fund, S. Whitney Landon Award

The Turrell Fund Day for Children is June 4, 2015 at the Burlington Country Club. This annual event features the presentation of the S. Whitney Landon Memorial Awards.

The S. Whitney Landon Awards application will be available in January.

The Turrell Fund is a family foundation based in New Jersey that makes grants in the state of Vermont and the four northern counties of New Jersey. In 1995, after the death of S. Whitney Landon, a long-time Turrell trustee, an award was established in his memory for one exemplary program for children ages birth to six in Vermont and New Jersey.

Past Recipients: 
2012 - Addison County Parent Child Center
2013 - Burlington Children's Space, Franklin Grand Isle Book Mobile, The Learning Tree at SVMC, Little Dippers Doodle Children's Center, Rutland Parent Child Center
2014 - Sunrise Family Resource Center
2015 - Mary Johnson Children's Center, Rural Fun Delivery

The Rural Fun Delivery van pulls up to the central, shady location at the Lazy Brook mobile home park, at the scheduled time on a very warm July day. Not much has been happening all morning, but now children are waiting expectantly for the nutritious food, friendly adults, fun projects and stories. When the coolers have been unpacked, more children and a few parents join in. The lunches are opened, and young Tyler (age 6) finds something new offered - new to him, at least: a plum. He tries a bite, carefully, and discovers that he really likes plums, and when he is offered another from the sharing basket, he dives right in.

His eyes get bigger and bigger as he listens to a story about a special kite day in Japan, and when the reading is finished, Tyler discovers that he'll be able to take a copy of the book home as his own to keep. With help, he makes a mini- kite of his own, and he and other kids from Lazy Brook fly the kites in the open area at the entrance of the mobile home park. As things are winding down, he helps the adult leaders Kathy and Shannon pack up the supplies, and is offered the last remaining plum, to take home. Tyler tells them it will be for his brother, and waves an enthusiastic good-bye, asking if the RFD van would be coming the next day. The answer of "Yes, sure thing!" is greeted with an even broader smile as he turns and heads back along the road, into the park, bound for home with his book, his plum, his kite creation and a new bounce in his step. All in all, a pretty good day in a six-year-old's summer.

Photos: Jess Ackerman