Benefit Concert to Rock Rutland, Focus Attention on Drug Abuse
On Sunday, September 7, Vermonters for Vermonters will host a benefit concert at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland, from 2 to 8 p.m., with live music by Joey Leone, Bow Thayer, Jeremy Graham, Ashley Buchart, Myk Sno and Tony Lee Thomas. Governor Peter Shumlin and some inspiring people affected by Vermont’s opiate addiction epidemic will speak.
Vermonters for Vermonters is a volunteer effort of citizens committed to raising funds and awareness in response to the growing epidemic of drug abuse in Vermont. Joey Leone, one of the featured performers, is a founding member and volunteer for the group. “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,” he said.
Proceeds benefit three organizations directly involved in combating drug abuse and addiction: Project Vision, Vermont Recovery Network and Dismas House.
Project Vision is a diverse coalition of over 100 social and health service agencies and organizations, volunteers and neighbors, uniting to address the drug-related challenges facing our community, with the goal of making Rutland healthy and safe. The Vermont Recovery Network is a non-profit statewide organization supporting recovery support services for people who have experienced problems resulting from drug and alcohol abuse.
The Dismas House “reconciles prisoners to society and society to prisoners,” empowering men and women being released from prison to become successful citizens. Vermonters for Vermonters is funded solely through donation, and is being run by the generous help of volunteers. Tickets can be purchased for $15, which includes entrance to the fair on the day of the event or at vermontersforvermonters.com. Monetary donations can be made payable to Vermonters for Vermonters and sent to: Vermonters for Vermonters, c/o Steve De Clue, 31 North Main Street, PMB 104, Rutland, Vt. 05701.
Donated items are also being accepted for an online auction that takes place before and after the event; those interested in donating items can contact Jessie Boudreault at
[email protected] All proceeds go directly to the three beneficiary organizations.