Hug Your Farmer Benefit Concert Raises Over $200,000 for VT Flood Response & Recovery Fund
"The wonderful thing about Vermont is that these are the moments when we really shine. Community is forged in the challenges when we all lean in to what our neighbors are experiencing. We want to thank Select Design and The Flynn for pulling together this concert and for making a difference for our neighbors." - Dan Smith
On September 7, the Flynn Theatre in Burlington hosted Hug Your Farmer: Hard Rain, with presenting partner Select Design; an all-star lineup of Vermont performers celebrated the music of Bob Dylan led by local musician Bob Wagner to raise funds for the VT Flood Response & Recovery Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.
When the event was announced, a generous VCF donor offered to match up to $100,000 in donations. All in, the event raised over $200,000 for Vermont farm recovery.
Hug Your Farmer began in 2010 to raise money for Pete’s Greens, whose barn had been destroyed by a fire, and has since played five benefit shows raising more than $120,000 for Vermont farmers.
Thank you to the artists, the many volunteers, The Flynn and our incredible community.
Together, we are Vermont strong!
Video: Myles David Jewell + Alexandra Morrow
Audio: James Bridges
Lights: Jason Liggy Liggett
Flynn Electrician: Pete Curtis