December 07, 2012
Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that he will host a free-to-the-public Inaugural Open House at the State House on Jan. 10, dedicating the event to fundraising efforts to help Vermont victims of Tropical Storm Irene. The Governor will greet the public in the House Chamber beginning at 4:30 p.m., and music and light refreshments will be provided.
Because the Open House is in lieu of a donation-funded inaugural ball, Gov. Shumlin is asking businesses and Vermonters to earmark their contribution this year to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. The VDRF’s web page provides a donation option; contributors are asked to write "inauguration" in the donation notes site when they make their contribution. The VDRF’s fundraising goal to help Irene victims is $10 million, and as of today the amount collected is $6.8 million – half of that amount raised in the last three months.
“We still have Vermonters who need financial help with home repairs and other damage from one of the worst storms in the state’s history,” the Governor said. “We’re close to meeting the need with the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. I hope businesses that usually contribute to governors’ inaugural balls will instead dig deep this year and donate to helping our neighbors get back on their feet after Irene.”
Gov. Shumlin said people will be able to donate at the Inaugural Open House, and purchase the Vermont Strong license plates (the plates cost $25 each, with 90 percent of the proceeds going to VDRF and 10 percent to the Vermont Foodbank).
"This is a very generous and creative way to keep the focus on the survivors and their unmet needs,” said Chris Graff, a board member of the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund provides financial assistance to the thousands of Vermonters whose lives were torn apart by the floods of 2011. The fund, financed solely by private donations, is designed to fill the gap that exists after survivors receive assistance from the federal government, private insurance and other grant programs. To date the fund has provided $2.5 million in assistance to more than 250 cases. It's estimated that there are roughly 550 to 600 cases still pending that will receive assistance from the fund.
The Governor will be sworn into office earlier that day at the State House, and will deliver his annual State of the State Speech.
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: December 07, 2012 08:12:12