Thank You for 21+ Years of Support

The Okemo Community Challenge (OCC) board would like to thank our many supporters for their generous donations of money, merchandise, and service over the years.
We have decided not to hold “Flannel with Flair” in 2018. Several board members have indicated a desire to retire. We are working on a plan to keep the good work of the organization moving forward.
During the past 21+ years, OCC has raised close to 2 million dollars through the generous support of local businesses, residents and second homeowners. This money has been used to fund challenge grants for worthy non-profit organizations that work to improve/enhance the economic, environmental and social well-being of the Ludlow community. OCC has actively supported our schools- funding technology in the classroom and sending local students to programs like A World of Difference, a peer training program that combats prejudice and bias and teaches practical tools to address these issues in the classroom and the community. OCC has supported the Gill Home and LPCTV; BRACC (The Black River Area AA Coalition, which has implemented an effective mentoring program, along with alcohol and drug awareness education programs; Windsor County Youth Services, which helps at risk youth in the community; Fletcher Memorial Library, The Black River Academy and FOLA (Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium)….all local treasures that provide educational and civic programs, as well as entertainment; and Ludlow Streetscapes and the Ludlow Garden Club which help beautify our downtown. OCC also established a Rotary College Scholarship and funded 4th of July fireworks and festivities for the community
The need in our community is evidenced by the many organizations that benefit from the OCC’s fundraising efforts. 2017 was a busy grant cycle. We received 19 applications for funding and awarded $106,040 to community nonprofit organizations.
If you or your organization is interested in keeping the positive momentum going by collaborating with the Okemo Community Challenge or you are interested in joining our board, please call Joyce Washburn at 228-1965 or email at

The Okemo Community Challenge (OCC) was founded in 1996 to benefit students in the local school systems. Grants totaling over one million dollars were made available for integrating technology into the classrooms, supporting the arts in the core curriculum, supporting teacher partnership and collaboration and to further professional development. Presently, our focus is on supporting worthy nonprofit organizations that work to improve/enhance the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the Ludlow community.

Flannel with Flair”, introduced in 2012, is our major fundraiser. This fun-filled benefit brings together local businesses, residents, second home owners and guests to generate the funds used to provide OCC grant opportunities. The Black River Academy Museum, Fletcher Memorial Library, the Gill Home, LPCTV, Ludlow Streetscapes, numerous student enrichment programs and many other worthy nonprofits have received monies from OCC to assist them in effecting positive change within the community.

© 2012 Okemo Community Challenge