BENEFITING: BUILDING A LOCAL ECONOMY
EVENT DATE: Jun 17, 2016
BALE (Building a Local Economy, Inc.) is a 5-year old 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the communities of Vermont's White River watershed. Our purpose is to create more vibrant, sustainable, and resilient communities in our watershed by promoting and implementing local economy initiatives. For the past two years, we have produced a Summer Gala to raise much needed funds to support our work. For our 3rd annual gala, BALE -- in partnership with The Community Meal – is offering an ambitious two-part Community Gala on Friday, June 17th beginning at 5:30 pm. The first portion of the Gala will feature a free Community Meal at The White Church in Bethel, open to all free of any charge! As with other recent community meals at the White Church, local foods produced at local farms will be featured, prepared and served by local volunteers. And as with previous meals, accomplished local musicians Randy Leavitt, Justin Parks, and John McHugh will provide live music while we dine! And as always at The Community Meals, 100% of free will diner donations (collected in a glass jar at the door) will be donated to the Bethel Food Shelf, serving Bethel, Barnard, Pittsfield, and Stockbridge. As we adjourn the meal around 7:15 pm, the second portion of the Community Gala will commence right next door at the Bethel Bandshell – a free concert featuring local icon Bow Thayer and friends celebrating the work being done by locally-based community organizations like BALE, The Community Meal, and our local food shelves. Although we are making the gala free of any charge, we still need the event to attract financial sponsors whose support is critical for carrying out our work and mission. Please give as generously as you can!!