RUTLAND, VT – On Sunday, September 7, Vermonters for Vermonters will be
hosting a benefit concert at the Vermont State Fairgrounds Grandstand from
2PM-8PM. There will be live music by Joey Leone, Bow Thayer, Myk Sno, Tony
Lee Thomas, Jeremy Graham, Ashley Buchart, as well as many speakers from
Governor Peter Schumlin to many inspiring people affected by Vermont’s
opiate addiction epidemic.
Vermonters for Vermonters is a volunteer effort of citizens committed to
raising funds and awareness to help combat the negative effect drugs have
had in Vermont. This organization was started in response to the growing
epidemic of drug abuse in Vermont, which is affecting citizens across the
state in increasing and alarming numbers. Vermonters for Vermonters is a
group of volunteers who have decided it is time to take action against this
epidemic, and have organized this benefit concert to help raise awareness
and get other Vermonters involved in the cause.
Proceeds from the event will go to benefit three organizations that are
directly involved in combating this epidemic and providing assistance to
Vermonters and their families suffering from drug abuse and addition:
Project Vision, VT Recovery Network, and Dismas House.
Project Vision is an organization that is working toward the revitalization
of the Rutland, VT community, by bringing together social service
organizations to address and combat many of the situations that lead to drug
abuse and criminal activity, including mental illness, family crisis and
dysfunction and poverty.
The VT Recovery Network is a non-profit statewide organization that supports
the provision of recovery support services for people who have experienced
problems resulting from drug and alcohol use.
The Dismas House is an organization whose mission is to “reconcile prisoners
to society and society to prisoners,” and works to provide shelter and
re-integration resources to men and women being releases from prison. Their
objective is to provide these men and women with the second-chance resources
necessary to be successful citizens upon release, and thus combat substance
abuse, further crime, and overpopulation of prisons.
Joey Leone, one of the featured performers at the benefit concert and
Vermonters for Vermonters founding member and volunteer, is confident in the
power of his local community to make a positive impact in this growing
crisis. “In the past few years Vermonters have shown that, when confronted
with problems, whether they be natural or man-made, we will rally to
surmount them,” said Leone.
Vermonters for Vermonters is funded solely through donation, and is being
run by the generous help of volunteers. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at
the gate on the day of the event or at www.vermontersforvermonters.com.
Monetary donations can be made payable to “Vermont Recovery Network” and
Vermonters for Vermonters
C/O Steve De Clue
31 North Main St.
Rutland, VT 05701
Items will also be accepted for donation for an auction that will take place
online before and after the event, and those interested in donating items
for auction can contact Jessie Boudreault at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you area business interested in a sponsorship opportunity of this event,
you can also contact Jessie Boudreault at email@example.com for
more information. Proceeds from tickets and items sold, as well as donations
will go directly to the three beneficiary organizations: Project Vision,
Dismas Of Vermont, Inc., and Vermont Recovery Network.
Marie Cole 802-245-4106