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March 17 @ 3:00 pm

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: West Rutland Town Hall

35 Marble Street
West Rutland, VT 05777

What: A variety of local talent performing music, comedy, dance for a charitable cause.

Tickets: $8 for adult; $5 for seniors/children (under 12); $20 family

The tenth annual West Rutland Variety Show will showcase local talent to raise money for the Rutland Meals Challenge. Tom Leypoldt, executive director of PEG-TV,  and Terry Jaye of WJJR will serve as the Masters of Ceremonies. Performers will include the  St. Bridget and St. Stanislaus Kostka Church choirs, dancers from “Just Dance” Studio, musicians from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, along with other local acts. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. All funds raised will go directly to the Rutland Meals Challenge. For Variety Show tickets, call (802) 438-2490.

Rutland Meals Challenge is an annual community food packaging event and ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Rutland. Every January, over 300 volunteers gather at the church to assemble bulk ingredients into packaged meals that are donated to Rutland County food shelves and the Vermont Food Bank. Since its start in 2013, Rutland Meals Challenge has donated over 241,000 meals. Rutland Meals Challenge partners with Outreach, Inc., which provides the food and supplies at $0.25 per serving.

The West Rutland Variety Show for the Rutland Meals Challenge is the tenth show organized for charitable causes. In 2010, St. Bridget’s Church hosted a Variety Show to benefit relief efforts in Haiti, with Terry Jaye from WJJR as Master of Ceremonies, and in 2011 the benefit was for Japan, after the devastating tsunami the country experienced. 2012’s Variety Show enabled the construction of a well for orphaned children in Kampala, Uganda. The following year (2013) the Variety Show benefited the Rutland Dismas House and was the first year the event sponsored a local charity. In 2014, proceeds went to Pure Water for the World, a Rutland-based organization providing clean water solutions to communities in Haiti and Honduras. The Mentor Connector, a Rutland-based organization that offers mentoring opportunities for Rutland County youth, was the beneficiary in 2015. In 2016, the Variety Show raised funds for the West Rutland Food Shelf, and 2017’s show benefited the NewStory Center (formerly the Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter). The 2018 Variety Show raised funds for the Dodge House, a transitional housing program for veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The mission of the Variety Show is to unite members of the local community in celebration of individual talents to fulfill a critical need in the global and local communities.

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