One-Time Annual Awards

Sally Fox Award

The Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation presented its first annual Sally Fox Award to Vermont Works for Women for their “Janes of All Trades” program at the 2014 Turrell Fund Day for Children.

VCTF created the Sally Fox Award to honor Sally’s commitment to the welfare of Vermont kids.  Sally was a powerful and effective advocate for children in Vermont.  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.

In her memory, VCTF will present this Award annually to a Vermont organization that provides direct services of exceptional merit to children.

The 2014 award was $8,500, $5,000 of which came from VCTF and the other $3,500 through donations from Sally’s colleagues in the legislature.

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:
2005—Emily Nyman, North Country Schools
2006—Kathy Olwell, New North End Youth Center
2007—Amy Hornblas, AWARE
2008—Holly Lane, Everybody Wins
2009—DREAM Program
2010—Lisa Johnson, Currier Afterschool program
2011—Cindy Karasinski, Cobleigh Public Library
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

Turrell Fund Day for Children, S. Whitney Landon Award

The Turrell Fund Day for Children is June 5, 2014 at the Burlington Country Club. This annual event features the presentation of the S. Whitney Landon Memorial Awards.

The S. Whitney Landon Awards are given to non-profit, 501 (c)3 agencies that are directly serving children from birth through third grade and their families, with priority consideration given to early childhood programs serving the youngest and highest risk children. Three unrestricted grants will be awarded, one for $25, 000 and two for $2,500 each.   

The S. Whitney Landon Awards are designated by the Turrell Fund to recognize and applaud early childhood programs and organizations in Vermont who are engaged in exemplary practices, including innovative approaches for promoting child and family well being which ideally can be widely replicated.

2014 S. Whitney Landon Award Application

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: 
1996—Champlain Valley Kids on the Block, Burlington
1997—Growing Up OK, Addison NE Supervisory Union
1998—The Children's Room, Waterbury Center
1999—Windham County Reads Bookmobile
2000—Sara Holbrook Center, Burlington
2001—Unlimited Fathering Opportunities, Bennington
2002—Girls on the Run of Vermont, Statewide
2003—VerShare, Vershire
2004—Hinesburg Friends of Families
2005—VNA Family Room
2006—Winooski Family Center
2007—Stepping Stones Preschool
2008—Bright Smiles, Washington County
2009—Vermont Campaign To End Childhood Hunger
2010—The Lamoille Valley Community Justice Program
2011—Health Hub
2012 - Addison County Parent Child Center
2013 - Burlington Children's Space, Rutland County Parent Child Center
2014 - Sunrise Family Resource Center


VCTF Grantee

Photos: Jess Ackerman