VNA Foundation’s Annual Fall Fundraiser Draws Record Crowd, Raises More Than $71,700


More than 300 friends of the VNA Foundation of Central New York gathered at the breathtaking Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia on Sunday, September 16 for the Foundation’s annual fall fundraiser, Raise a Glass.

Guests enjoyed a silent auction, gift basket and 50/50 raffles, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments catered by Owera’s Brick Oven Café, wine, hard cider and beer tastings from local cideries and breweries, and a brief presentation introducing special guest Caidence Morrison, a 7-year-old pediatric patient who recently won her battle with stage 3 kidney cancer.

The event raised more than $71,700 in support of the Foundation’s mission to support and promote the provision of pediatric home health care services in the Central New York region. Major sponsors included: KeyBank; Medline Industries, Inc.; and Siemens Industry, Inc.

“This event was a wonderful celebration of our mission and of the countless lives touched by our services,” said President and CEO Kate Rolf. “We are so appreciative of the outstanding support shown by our sponsors and guests, and we couldn’t have asked for a better champion than little Caidence, whose story is an inspiration to us all.”

For more information about the VNA Foundation or the Raise a Glass fundraising event, please contact Aida Byrne, Vice President of Corporate Development, at 315.477.9301 or

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