Annual Event Raises $106,000 to Support McClure Miller Respite House

Annual Fun Run & Jiggety Jog Raises more than $106,000 to Support Exceptional End-of-Life Care at McClure Miller Respite House

Participants Enjoyed a Return to In-Person Event Supporting End-of-Life Care and Services

COLCHESTER, Vt. – UVM Health Network – Home Health & Hospice’s annual Fun Run & Jiggety Jog fundraiser for the McClure Miller Respite House exceeded its goal, raising more than $106,000 this year. With more than 200 combined runners and walkers participating, countless volunteers, and key sponsors, the event’s success demonstrates our community’s ongoing commitment to supporting high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care for our neighbors.

The annual event returned to in-person this year following virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so grateful to all of the participants, supporters and volunteers who helped us exceed our goals and celebrate the exceptional end-of-life care provided at our McClure Miller Respite House,” said Christine Werneke, president and chief operating officer of The UVM Health Network – Home Health & Hospice. “Each year, this event helps us demonstrate our deep commitment to our community and to providing compassionate care for our neighbors regardless of whether they or their family can afford it.”

“The 2023 Fun Run & Jiggety Jog was an incredible show of support for the services we provide at the McClure Miller Respite House. Individuals and businesses in this community stepped up to show they care. We are proud to partner with our friends at NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, our 2023 Presenting Sponsor,” said Development Director Maya Fehrs.

Additional sponsors include: REM Development, Pomerleau Foundation, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, New England Air Systems, Hanson & Doremus, Guided Wealth Advisors, SymQuest, National Life Group, Claussen’s, and Snyder Homes. Media sponsors include: WCAX, and Hall Communications.

The return to an in-person event brought renewed energy and excitement from participants and supporters. Siblings Wyeth and Parker Haddock, who were the event’s top finishers, were greeted with cheers at the finish line. Wyeth finished first overall on the 5k course with a time of 16:27 and Parker was the top under-12 finisher with a time of 17:05.

This annual fundraising event is the single largest fundraiser for the McClure Miller Respite House, Vermont’s only Medicare-certified inpatient hospice residence. Every dollar raised goes directly toward providing high quality, compassionate care and services for neighbors at end-of-life, regardless of their ability to pay.

 About The University of Vermont Health Network –
Home Health & Hospice


For more than 100 years, we have provided high-quality, compassionate care wherever our community members call home in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. We support individuals and families at every age and stage of life, from pregnancy and early childhood care to adults with acute and chronic illnesses and those at the end of life.

Last year, Home Health & Hospice served more than 4,100 individuals, providing 234,695 hours of care and offering millions of dollars in charitable care to neighbors in need. We are proud to be a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont and a member of the VNAs of Vermont.  For more information on services and programs, please call (802) 658-1900 or visit

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Our 15,000 employees are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our affiliates remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.