Bella Notte


September 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Southside Steakhouse
170 South Main St.
Rutland, Vermont 05701

Event Description

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region requests the honor of your presence at an evening of celebration. Come enjoy good company, fine fare, laughter, and the excitement of a live auction on Sunday, September 24th graciously hosted by Wally Sabotka at theSouthside Steakhouse in Rutland. Cocktails at 5pm, dinner at 6pm with the live action to follow. See a complete listing below!

Proceeds benefit our Hospice Program and help offset the costs of charitable and underinsured care,  therapies and comfort items for hospice patients, medical equipment, bereavement support and staff, volunteer and community education.

Hospice is an approach to care that seeks to comfort rather than cure. Hospice offers comprehensive, compassionate care for people at the end of life as well as support for their families. For more information visit hospice.

Tickets are $125 per person. Seating is limited so we request your RSVP by Friday, September 15th by emailing Katie O’Connor-West at email or by calling 802.442.0501.

Thank you for your support!

We thank everyone involved in this year’s event that brings such important funds to a vital health care need.

Diamond Sponsor:

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Platinum Sponsor:




Gold Level Sponsor:

Berkshire Bank

Silver Level Sponsor:








Bronze Level Sponsors:

Berry Dunn


Heritage Family Credit Union

Valente & Seward

Wilcox Pharmacy

Thank you to our planning committee:

April Kuhl, Chair; Bill Bannerman; Ron Cioffi; Wendy Daley; Marsha Hance; Christine Hoard; Mike Howe; Bryan Johnson; Sara King; Marc Miele; Nicole Moran; Liz Morton; Katie O’Connor-West; Wally Sabotka

Auction Items:

Italian Wine Tasting for 12

Imagine you and your friends at Brix Wine Bar enjoying a private tasting of Italian wines paired with an assortment of Brix small plates, great cheeses, and cured meats!

It’s All About You!

At the Top Notch Spa in Stowe, you can get exactly what you need with the right complement of services and nurturing therapists specializing in massage and body treatments, facial care, hair and nail services and fitness services. While there, enjoy the solarium, private men’s and women’s lounges, fitness weight, and cardiovascular studios, and the three impressive swimming venues with majestic mountain views.

Buon Appetito!









Brought to you by the dynamic duo – Ron Cioffi and Bryan Johnson – Buon Appetito features and unforgettable evening that pairs Chef Cioffi’s culinary creations with Mr. Johnson’s libations. You and your guests (limit of 12 people) are cordially invited to an exquisite meal prepared in your home in the traditional Italian home-cooked way.

Romantic Tour of Vermont

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Enjoy romantic getaways at two of Vermont’s premier inns – The Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden and the Barrows House in Dorset. Experience luxurious overnight accommodations, fine dining in either indoor or outdoor venue, and seasonal activities with your special someone.

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 dine at one of the many fine restaurants nearby, visit galleries, stroll through the streets of Old Montreal, catch a Montreal Canadien’s game at the Bell Center and pick up treasures at one of the many boutiques and shops there.

Get Inked

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Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for to get that first tattoo, or to add to your existing collection of body art! King Ink Foxwoods

The Best Seats in Town

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Watch the stars come out from exclusive Box Seats at Season 7 of Dancing with the Rutland Stars at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, October 7th. You’ll want to see who takes home the coveted Mirror Ball trophy! Before the show, enjoy delicious traditional Italian-American cuisine at the Palms Restaurant in Downtown Rutland!

A View from Above






Enjoy a 30-minute single passenger ride in a classic piper cub airplane. Fly “low and slow” for a scenic fall foliage tour of the Rutland or Middlebury area or get an aerial view of your home and neighborhood.

Entertain in Style

Host your next dinner party for 12 and have Roots Owner Donald Billings create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests in the comfort of your own home. There’s no better way to celebrate a special occasion or just being together!

Vermont Country Store Gift Basket and Gift Card

The Vermont Country Store

Enjoy this 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 $50 VCS gift card.

Ultimate Steakhouse Dinner and Wine Pairing for 10

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

An Excavator or Dozer for the Weekend








Just think of the projects you can tackle with an excavator or dozer for two days; land clearing, driveways, retaining walls, septic systems, ditching, roads, stone walls and more. Make your project a reality!

Peter Huntoon’s Autumn Farm

This classic Vermont scene would be an attractive addition to any home. Peter’s website says it best: “The Staples Farm in Windsor sings right on key. The warm colors of Autumn compliment the rustic tones of the old barn buildings. Nature has a gentle way of creating rich, beautiful harmonies. She does it in a way any artist would be proud to approximate.”

Once-in-a-lifetime Private Cruise!

You and three guests can cruise the inland waterways of Florida for seven to nine days and create the vacation of a lifetime!

Meet Captain Dan and his crew for a personalized cruise aboard QUEST, a 53’ Hatteras Motor Yacht! The yacht is fully equipped with all the amenities of a fine hotel.


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