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Stormy Soiree ~ Rising Waters > Rebuilding Dollars On February 2

Please join special Birthday Guests Patti Komline and Sue Minter at this great event featuring “The Knee Jerks.”

The Stormy Soiree is at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center on State Street in Montpelier, and begins at 8pm. Prices are:

  • $30 Individual
  • $100 Storm Chaser
  • $500 Rainmaker

All proceeds go to the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund and will go to help Vermont’s businesses recover from Tropical Storm Irene.

Harpoon Brewery Supports VT Irene Fund In December

December is now underway, and so is the Harpoon Brewery fundraiser for the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund.

As we told you last month, Harpoon Brewery has offered to donate $1 for each case of its beer sold in convenience stores across Vermont during the month of December. The proceeds will support our work here at the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund.

So keep an eye out for your favorite Harpoon products, and drink heartily (but safely!) in support of small businesses all across Vermont.

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Thanks for Giving!

This week, we read in Publishers Weekly that Bartleby’s Books in Wilmington, one of the Fund’s first grant recipients, will be open for Black Friday. “We expect little sleep and things not to be perfect when we re-open,” blogs owner Lisa Sullivan, “but we will be open.”

It’s just another sign that Vermont businesses are on the mend after the devastation of Irene. There is a long road still ahead, and “perfect” is a long way off. But we’re getting there.

And we are profoundly thankful: to all of you that have contributed your time and your talents and your donations and your business. Because of all of you, we’ve been able to contribute to the rebuilding of over 165 small businesses, and because of your generosity, we’ll be able to keep contributing for months to come.

All of us here at the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund wish you and your families and friends a wonderful holiday season. We hope you’ll follow and support our work as the recovery continues in the new year.

Breaking News: Phish Feeds Fund

As you may remember, a little band by the name of Phish held a little concert at the Champlain Valley Exposition back in September …. and raised an amazing $835,000 for Irene recovery.

The group’s WaterWheel Fund, in association with the Vermont Community Foundation, just announced it’s first round of grants to Irene relief and recovery organizations around the state, and we’re pleased to say that the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund was among those recipients.

This $150,000 award will help us continue giving out grants to small businesses in need well into the winter. Needless to say, we could not be more thankful to Phish, the WaterWheel Fund and the Vermont Community Foundation for their support of our efforts.

Read the Vermont Community Foundation press release on the Phish grants at vtdigger.com.

Get Ready to Whet Your Whistle For The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund in December

Harpoon Brewery, with brewhouses in Boston and Windsor, Vermont, has generously offered to donate $1 for every case of Harpoon sold in convenience stores across Vermont during the month of December. The proceeds will support our work here at the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund.

We’ll have more details for you as December approaches, but for now, just close your eyes and think how completely charitable you’ll feel when you pop the cap off a beautiful, hearty seasonal ale…..ah, the joy of giving….

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Vermont Public Radio Talks About Irene Recovery

Vermont Public Radio aired a story this morning on Irene recovery efforts.

VPR correspondent John Dillion reports that various organizations have brought in around $7 million since the flooding in late August. The Vermont Community Foundation oversees $3.3 million, while local groups have raised $2 million. Another $1.6 million has been raised by the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, a body appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin in late September to steer long-term recovery efforts.

Dillon also spoke with Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund founder Todd Bailey, who says:

“There’s a real need to support businesses with grants as opposed to loans so that they can get some recovery effort going quickly instead of having to go through that process of acquiring loans that may take a long time or may be an interest rate or a lien that they can’t afford.”

The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund has so far raised over $350,000 for small businesses across the state.

If you missed the original broadcast, we encourage you to listen on the VPR website. You’ll find the audio link at the top of this page.

Mountainfilm on Tour Raises $17k For VT Recovery

We are thrilled to announce that Mountainfilm on Tour in Fairfield, CT – To Benefit Vermont Recovery raised over $17,000 to benefit Vermont small businesses and families recover from the devastating floods of Hurricane Irene.

And our friends at Mountainfilm say it’s not too late for you to help too – check out their online auction now for your chance to win a 5 night / 4 day luxury ski & stay package in Telluride…and more!

Women Business Owners Network To Benefit VT Irene Fund

The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) is reaching out to Irene victims at its 2011 Fall Conference in Burlington this Thursday.

The Conference is hosting its first annual WBON “Artist’s Way” exhibit, showcasing the talents of painters, sculptors, photographers and other members who make their living through their art.

WBON is asking any member who sells a piece during the Conference to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund.

To learn more about the WBON, please visit their Web site or join them on Facebook

VT Irene Flood Relief Fund Announces Latest Round of Grants

The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund has just announced its latest round of grants, with 48 more small businesses receiving a total of $86,500.

This brings the total disbursements up to $289,000 to 167 separate businesses, spread across 10 of the State’s 14 counties.

Since early September, the Fund has received 239 requests for assistance from businesses estimating $25 million in losses. Only about 20% of these losses are covered by insurance.

So far, the Fund has received donations from individuals, businesses and foundation from across the country. In recent weeks, we’ve received two major grants: $50,000 from the Argosy Foundation and $30,000 from the Newman’s Own Foundation. These donations, combined with continuing support from individuals and businesses, means the Fund can continue its work into the critical winter season.

Read the full story here.

Mountainfilm on Tour Benefits Fund On Stop In Fairfield, Conn. On October 25.

Telluride’s Mountainfilm on Tour is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations with sustaining.

Mountainfilm will be visiting the Fairfield Community Theater in Fairfield, Connecticut on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30pm and are generously donating all proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction to the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund and the Vermont Foodbank.

For more information, visit their website or join them on Facebook and Twitter.