August 21, 2020

Concord Regional VNA's Passion for Caring Online Auction Live Through September 4

Concord Regional VNA reimagined its annual Passion for Caring event to a continuous, two-week, virtual campaign due to the ongoing pandemic. The campaign features Concord Regional VNA’s first-ever online auction that launched on Thursday, August 20 and is live through September 4. The auction includes 15 unique items and experiences valued at more than $3,700. For 11 years, Concord Regional VNA has invited members of the community to an in-person evening of music, refreshments and a silent auction to support its mission of caring for people in the 44 communities it serves. Reimaging Passion for Caring from a one-night event to a longer virtual campaign provides an opportunity for people and businesses to participate from anywhere in the state and beyond. The auction is live on Concord Regional VNA’s website, and can be viewed at Donations in lieu of tickets are accepted.

“While we are unable to gather in person this year, moving to a virtual campaign provides even more people the opportunity to participate in this exciting new auction format, building anticipation over several weeks, while supporting our community during this challenging time,” said Beth Slepian, President and CEO, Concord Regional VNA. “We extend our gratitude to the business sponsors and individuals participating in our Passion for Caring campaign that provides vital support to our team in providing care to the most vulnerable people in our community.”

The 2020 Passion for Caring campaign offers an opportunity for anyone, from anywhere, to participate by bidding on unique items during the online auction. Auction items include luxurious experiences, such as a spa day and overnight stays at boutique hotels, fine dining experiences, a wine tasting, gift cards to New Hampshire restaurants, retailers and destinations, and locally-made goods, including jewelry, clothing, and home accents. 

The auction opened at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, and will remain open until Noon on Friday, September 4. People are invited to view auction items and bid through the website from the comfort and safety of home. The website will be continually updated with submitted bids, and winning bidders will be notified of results on Friday, September 4. A full list of auction items can be viewed at

Each year at the Passion for Caring event, Concord Regional VNA honors members of the community for their commitment to serving the community. This year, Concord Regional VNA is honoring three individuals who exemplify the characteristics and actions of a role model and a commitment to bettering the community.

Kay Sidway Award
Now in its 22nd year, the Kay Sidway Award is presented annually to an individual who has devoted himself or herself to the education, nurturing and well-being of families in any one of the communities served by Concord Regional VNA. This year, Concord Regional VNA is honored to announce Amanda Grady Sexton of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (NHCADSV), and member of the Concord City Council, as the Kay Sidway Award recipient.

Grady Sexton works with victims of crime and their families to advance the legal rights of victims on the local, state, and federal levels. She has worked to strengthen New Hampshire’s domestic and sexual violence statutes, to extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault victims, to pass laws to criminalize human trafficking and more. She advises New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation and was instrumental in assisting Congress with the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Grady Sexton works to help victims and their families share their stories in an effort to educate the public and to advance societal change. She provides national training and technical assistance to prosecutors, civil attorneys, law enforcement officials, and victim advocates. 

Grady Sexton has a passion for justice, and works tirelessly to enhance the rights of victims to keep children and adults in New Hampshire safe. In addition to her work at the Coalition, Grady Sexton is serving as a third term City Councilor in Concord, where she lives with her husband and their two children.

The Kay Sidway Award was initially presented in 1998 to long-time Concord-area educator Kay Sidway to honor her extraordinary dedication to the children of the Concord community. Since then, exceptional individuals who serve the Greater Concord region and Merrimack County communities have been honored by the agency with the Kay Sidway Award, including the late state representative Mary Stuart Gile, Oglesby Young, M.D., and Bow School District social worker Pauline Laliberte.

Donor Recognition Award
Concord Regional VNA has been recognizing donors for their outstanding commitment to the community for 12 years. This year, the organization is honoring Bow residents Kathleen and Bill Ames, husband and wife, and long-time supporters of Concord Regional VNA. 

Kathleen Ames joined the Concord Regional VNA Board of Trustees in 2003 and served 12 years, including two years as Board Chair. She can regularly be found at community events, staff appreciation events and volunteer luncheons, along with Concord Regional VNA’s annual events, including Parent-Friend celebrations, Passion for Caring and Hospice Lights of Life, which reached the $1 million fundraising mark in 2019 with Kathleen’s help. Her Board leadership, commitment and guidance has continued to support the growth of Concord Regional VNA’s services, including the Telehealth/Health Buddy, Physician Portal, evidence-based nationally-recognized programs and the community health educator program.

Bill Ames, in addition to being an active supporter of Concord Regional VNA, began volunteering for the organization in 2018. As a volunteer, he has provided patient companionship and caregiver respite, has served as a pet escort with the organization’s therapy dog teams and has delivered dozens of lights to businesses as part of the annual Hospice Lights of Life campaign. In 2019, Bill began serving as the “Veteran Volunteer Captain.” As captain, he assists the volunteer coordinator with recruiting and training new volunteers, and works with veteran service organizations to educate members about the needs of veterans at end-of-life.

Concord Regional VNA has been caring for people in their homes and leading the way in population health since 1899. Concord Regional VNA’s more than 400 highly skilled clinicians and staff members provide unmatched care across the entire life span – from birth to end-of-life. The agency provides a broad array of services, including home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health, and personal home services, as well as community clinics and wellness programs, to more than 8,000 New Hampshire residents of all ages each year.

Earlier this year, Concord Regional VNA and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice announced the two agencies’ intent to merge – a move that would meet the growing demand for home and community based health care in the Greater Capital Region and Central New Hampshire and bolster the agencies’ future sustainability. More information on the proposed merger is available at
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