Category Archives: Fundraiser

Night of Italian Opera tonight at CSJ

The College of St. Joseph will host its 18th annual Night of Italian Arias, Favorite Selections From Popular Operas tonight in Tuttle Hall on the CSJ Campus, featuring five professional performers.

The evening begins with a silent auction at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m.

The winning ticket for the 50/50 raffle will be drawn at intermission.

Tickets for the performance cost $25 per person. All of the proceeds from the auction, raffle and ticket sales will go to the CSJ Annual Fund for student scholarships.

Call (802) 776-5264 for tickets or further information.

Savoy Theater to stay open

MONTPELIER — A few weeks ago, Savoy Theater owner Terrence Youk said that if he couldn’t raise $12,000 by today, the theater would need to close.
As of Thursday, Youk hadn’t just reached his goal, he’d blown it away by raising nearly $30,000, with money still coming in.
“We’re staying open,” he said.
Of the community support, Youk said, “It’s totally humbling and reaffirming.”
The fundraising campaign shows that Montpelierites want an art-house theater and that he needs to do a better job communicating with the community, he said.
Youk said he and his employees will keep doing what they’ve been doing, as well as moving the theater toward becoming a nonprofit.

Plymouth Strawberry Festival on June 20

From the Plymouth Press Online:

Plymouth Strawberry Festival
Wednesday, June 20th
5- 8 pm
Camp Plymouth State Park

The annual Plymouth Strawberry Festival is again being held this year at Camp Plymouth State Park on Echo Lake.

Menus include BBQ’d burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, home made salads and baked beans, our wonderful fresh strawberry (homemade) shortcake with real whipped cream and ice cream! There will be lots for the kids to do including a crafts table, face painting, a Bouncy House, and Touch a Truck(s)! AND there will be a huge raffle with many many prizes!

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Swap meet set for Spartan Arena

The Southwest Freedom Riders are hosting their annual Rutland Spring Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The event will be held at the Spartan Arena at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town. There will a bike show, a tattoo contest and all kinds of vendors ranging from motorcycle parts and accessories, leather products and T-shirts, to homemade candy, jams, cookies and jewelry.
Southwest Freedom Riders is an organization dedicated to motorcycle safety and education and community involvement. Event proceeds go to benefit the Southwest Freedom Riders and the charities they help. Admission is $5, children under 12 years old are free. Entry for the bike is $5. For more information visit

Event to benefit Melissa Jenkins’ son

ST. JOHNSBURY — St. Johnsbury Academy is co-sponsoring a charity golf tournament to benefit the young son of slain teacher Melissa Jenkins.
The academy is teaming up with the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H., to host “Tee It Up for Ty” at the resort May 12.
Jenkins was a science teacher at the academy. Her 2-year-old son, Ty, was found sleeping and unharmed in her car on the side of the road. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust.
The benefit will include a barbecue and silent auction in addition to the 18-hole, four-person scramble format tournament. Actor Luis Guzman, who is the parent of St. Johnsbury Academy students, will be the master of ceremonies.
To register for the tournament as a team or individual, call the resort’s golf clubhouse at 603-278-4653 or register online at Registration fees are $85 per person for those who wish to golf. To attend just the barbecue and silent auction is $25.
The benefit is accepting sponsors starting at $300 as well as monetary donations and silent auction items.

Jenkins benefit at Killington tonight

KILLINGTON — Jax Food & Games on the access road is hosting a benefit concert for the son of Melissa Jenkins, the St. Johnsbury Academy teacher slain last month.
The concert, called “JAX for LAUGHTER + LIVE MUSIC FOR TY” is from 9 p.m. tonight to midnight with live music from Aaron Audet & Vermont Comedy Club.
All proceeds from door donations go to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund in honor of her son Ty Robertson.
Giveaways include hundreds of dollars worth of prizes, golf and Red Sox tickets, among other prizes.

Basketball benefit for mentors

A basketball game will feature the Harlem Clowns and local celebrities to benefit the Mentor Connector in Rutland County.
The game starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Keefe gymnasium at the Rutland Intermediate School.
The Harlem Clowns are an exhibition basketball team that promotes education choices and exposes the dangers of drugs at every show.
They will play a friendly game against local celebrities including Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras and executive director of the Rutland Downtown Partnership Michael Coppinger.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children under 18 and all proceeds will go to Mentor Connector.
It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advanced at the Mentor Connector office at 77 Woodstock Ave. in Rutland or by calling (802) 775-3434.

Solzhenitsyn Holds Concert for Cavendish Baseball League

From Black River Today:

Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Submitted by George O. Thomson

Cavendish Baseball needs your help!  Our baseball/softball fields were DESTROYED by Tropical Storm Irene; our equipment sheds, dugouts, stands, playground, washed down the river!  We have no recreation department, and receive no money from the town for our fields.

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Fundraiser nets $22,000

KILLINGTON – Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a statewide nonprofit aimed at helping the disabled do athletics, is closer to getting a new permanent home at the base of Pico Mountain Resort.
More than 200 people enjoyed friendship, community and a full all-you-can-eat sushi spread at a special benefit hosted by the owners and entire staff at Sushi Yoshi in Killington last week.
More than 200 tickets were sold to the event at $100 a piece and all ticket sale proceeds were donated to the PEAK lodge campaign, a capital campaign that began last summer to raise funds for the new home for Vermont Adaptive and the Pico Ski Education Foundation. Continue reading

Melissa Jenkins fundraising information details

Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust

Online Donations:
A special online donation site has been set up so donations to the trust may be taken over the web. This is the only site approved by the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust at this time. The address of the site is Another site may be started by St. Johnsbury Academy alums, students and staff members, and updates will be posted on the Northeast Kingdom Chamber Facebook page when received.

Mailing Address
Send donations to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust:

Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust
Passumpsic Savings Bank
P.O. Box 38
St. Johnsbury, VT  05819

Passumpsic Bank has also indicated that donations can be dropped off at ALL Vermont and New Hampshire Passumpsic Savings Bank branches.