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18 July 2013 Deerfield Valley News

18 Jul
Star power will be on display at Saturday fundraiser and concert
by Jack Deming
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Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne

WILMIGTON- The Wilmington Fund VT was created after Tropical Storm Irene to promote and raise funds for the economic vitality and recovery of Wilmington. This Saturday, the fund is calling in some star power to help, as seven-time Grammy-award nominee Joan Osborne is slated to perform at the Hermitage Inn.

Osborne may be most famous for her multiplatinum 1995 hit “One of Us,” but her career has spanned multiple decades and genres from blues to country, and soul to pop. She has played with Motown sidemen and post-Grateful Dead reunion bands, but Saturday night she will play to a tented audience of 300, with all proceeds going to the Wilmington Fund VT.

According to Wilmington Fund VT secretary Julie Lineberger, Osborne’s performance is sure to be high-energy. “I am beyond happy,” said Lineberger. “It’s such an intimate setting and it’s us supporting ourselves, and the valley supporting each other. We’re going to have a blast.”

The Wilmington Fund VT reached out to Osborne’s promoter to find out if she was interested in performing, and the date chosen just so happened to work with Osborne’s schedule. Local musician Colby Dix will kick off the evening with an acoustic set, starting at 8 pm, which will feature songs off his new album. Dix is excited to be what he called “another layer to an exciting event. I’m a big fan of Joan Osborne’s because she stayed true to herself through so many career passages and styles of music. I’m quite excited to be opening for her.”

Last year the Wilmington Fund VT hosted Aztec Two-Step as part of a similar concert fundraiser for rebuilding Dot’s Restaurant, one of nine businesses Lineberger says the fund has helped rebuild or open since Irene. This year, they helped to fund the Moving Wall, Wilmington Works (Downtown Designation), and the Independent Television and Film Festival coming to Wilmington and Dover in September, as well as a parking lot in downtown Wilmington.

“The Wilmington Fund VT is great because we are a private organization,” said Lineberger. “We can move quickly and nimbly to provide financial assistance unlike the bureaucracy of a state or federally funded program.”

The next step for the Wilmington Fund VT will be to focus its efforts on filling more unoccupied buildings in the downtown, while continuing to help the existing ones. Lineberger says Wilmington Fund VT may focus its efforts on Wilmington, but that’s because it is the hub of the valley. “We feel it is vital not just for Wilmington but for the valley to have a vibrant historic district in the town of Wilmington,” said Lineberger.

Tickets for Joan Osborne live at the Hermitage Inn are $100 and can be purchased at TheWilmingtonFundVT.EventBrite.com. Complimentary beer and wine are included with purchase of a ticket.

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Deerfield Valley News: Dot’s Benefit concert a success

14 Aug
by David Amato

WILMINGTON – Wilmington welcomed folk musicians Jon Pousette-Dart and the duo Aztec Two-Step to Memorial Hall on Saturday in an effort to raise money to rebuild Dot’s Restaurant. The event was sponsored by the Wilmington Fund Vermont, an organization founded in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene to help raise money for rebuilding areas of town severely damaged by flood water in August 2011.

Saturday’s Memorial Hall concert developed from a collaboration between Dale Doucette, organizer of the Green Mountain Songwriter Series and a seasoned lighting and set designer, and Dan Kilmurray, president of the Wilmington Fund Vermont.“I put it together with the Memorial Hall Board,” says Doucette, “and I was hoping to do another installation of the Green Mountain Series with Jon Pousette-Dart. Dan was also hoping to do an event with Pousette Dart, so we thought we should combine efforts.”

Each act played to a full house on Saturday, with the proceeds from ticket sales going directly toward rebuilding Dot’s, which suffered heavy damage during Tropical Storm Irene. Bruce Mullen, treasurer of the Wilmington Fund Vermont, estimates that 100 premium seating tickets were sold at $150 each and that another 170 to 180 general admission tickets were sold at $25 to $30 a piece, bringing the overall fundraising result up to about $20,000.

Those who were not able to attend Saturday’s concert can still make a donation to the fund by filling a check out to “The Wilmington Fund VT” and mailing it to 14 Castle Hill, Wilmington, VT 05363. Credit card donations can be processed through the Preservation Trust of Vermont at http://www.ptvermont.org or by calling Elise Seraus at (802) 658-6647. The Wilmington Fund Vermont is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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