Bella Notte – 2016

Annual Bella Notte Dinner/Auction for Hospice

Please join us for our annual Bella Notte fundraiser for RAVNAH Hospice.

8th Annual Bella Notte: A Beautiful Night for Giving
A benefit for the Hospice program of RAVNAH

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Southside Steakhouse, 170 South Main St., Rutland 
Cocktails at 5 PM | Dinner 6:00 PM live auction to follow

Bella Notte is an evening of celebration to raise essential funds to benefit RAVNAH’s Hospice program serving patients in Rutland County, Dorset, and Rupert. Graciously hosted by Wally Sabotka of Southside Steakhouse, this annual fundraiser provides sponsors, donors and guests the opportunity to enjoy good company, fine fare, laughter, and the excitement of a live auction, all in support of a very worthy cause: RAVNAH’s Hospice program.

Tickets are $100 each.

Seating is limited. RSVP by September 16 to Katie O’Connor-West at or by calling 442-0501.



Once-in-a-Lifetime Private Cruise


Create your dream vacation with Captain Dan and his crew aboard QUEST, a 53′ Hatteras Motor Yacht!  You and three guests will enjoy seven days of leisure, cruising the Bahamas or the inland waterways of Florida – your choice!  Enjoy separate state rooms, fishing, snorkeling, and so much more while making memories to last a lifetime.


Idyllic Getaway to Northern Italy

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Escape to Manta, Italy and to the stunning vistas of the Alps!  Stay in the beautiful 14th century “ciabot” farmhouse located at the foot of the alps below the fortified walls of the castle of manta famous for its fifteenth century frescoes.  Enjoy lunch on the terrace of your host’s castle home as they share their knowledge of the region, favorite day trips, and so much more.  This is truly a magical vacation opportunity for you and your four guests.


Chef Cioffi Prepares

You and your guests (limit of 20 guests) are cordially invited to an exquisite meal prepared Chef Ron Cioffi in your home in the traditional Italian home-cooked way, with a bit of Cioffi twist! The menu will feature roomfuls of rigatoni, sizzling sausage, and savory spare ribs all topped with the Chef’s incredible, secret, Italian sauce.  Side dishes, dessert, and beverages are on the menu too!


Stay Warm this Winter

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The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a very strong winter on the East Coast.  Be prepared with a $500 gift certificate towards fuel from Johnson Energy Inc.  For decades, people of Rutland County have relied on Johnson Energy to keep their homes warm in winter. Are you ready for Old Man Winter?


Escape to Martha’s Vineyard

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Enjoy one week for up to eight in a newly renovated 3 bedroom home (plus one bedroom guest apartment) on Martha’s Vineyard. Whether it’s clam digging, fishing, biking, beaching, kayaking, golfing, or shopping, you’ll be close to it all in this beautifully appointed home in a quiet family-oriented private community.


Allez au Montreal


Experience the hustle and bustle of Montreal with a five-day stay at a graciously appointed, 3 bedroom, 3 bath home in a suburb of Montreal.  You and up to five additional guests can enjoy a meal at one of the many fine restaurants nearby, visit galleries, and pick up treasures at one of the many boutiques and shops in Montreal.


Barbeque Party with a View


The Mountain Top Inn & Resort is Vermont’s classic four season resort. Majestically set on 350 acres, it has sweeping views of a mountain lake and the Green Mountain National Forest. This exciting auction item is for a Barbecue Event for up to 40 people at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort’s Lakeside Pavilion. Imagine the memories you will create!


Ultimate Steakhouse Dinner & Wine Pairing for 10

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Entertain in style with a gourmet dinner and wine pairing for 10 at Southside Steakhouse.  Owner Wally Sabotka will customize your meal with menu items that include:

  • Seafood platter
  • Chilled lobster
  • Shrimp
  • Oysters
  • Clams
  • Your choice of: Dry-Aged Sirloin or Rib Eye
  • 10 Salads
  • 10 Side dishes
  • Wine Pairing with each course


Vacation Your Way


Enjoy a one week stay at an RCI timeshare location of your choice, worldwide, with accommodations for up to six guests.


Stay and Play in Dorset

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Head to the “heart of Dorset” and enjoy luxurious mid-week overnight accommodations for four at the Barrows House.  Start the next day with a complimentary breakfast at the historic Dorset Inn, followed by a round of golf for three at the Dorset Field Club, the oldest continuously operating golf course in the United States.


Vermont Country Store Gift Basket and Gift Card






Enjoy a seasonal gift basket and gift card from the “Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-To-Find.” This Vermont Country Store gift basket is filled with a variety of goodies as well as a VCS gift card.


Mountain Top Pinnacle Membership for Family of Four







With your Mountain Top Pinnacle Membership, your family can enjoy  fun things to do year round at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort.  Activities include the Fitness Center and Sauna in The Barn, Nordic Skiing/Snowshoeing/Hiking on a 60KM Trail System, and a variety of seasonal activities.


Be sure to check back often; more items coming soon!



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Bella Notte Planning Committee
Mark Lawrence, Co-Chair
Bill Bannerman, Co-Chair
Stacy Baker
Sharon Brown
Ron Cioffi
Wendy Daley
Christine Hoard
Mike Howe
Bryan Johnson
Sara King
April Kuhl
Marc Miele
Liz Morton
Katie O’Connor-West
Wally Sabotka
Laura Vien

If you would like tickets to this event or would like to donate an auction item, please contact Katie at 802.442.0501 or

Thank you for helping to support the Hospice program at RAVNAH!