CHESTER, Vt. – People from surrounding communities, as well as other states, gathered Saturday, June 30, to support the Susan G. Komen New England Vermont Race for the Cure – a charity that strives to improve the lives of breast cancer patients and their families. Despite the rising temperatures and heat advisory warnings, many people arrived to listen to a variety of musicians, eat, socialize, and participate in a silent auction.
Patt Budnick, owner of Motel in The Meadow, moved to the area in the winter of 2001 and has hosted the event for the past 16 years. Having attended college in the 1960s, Budnick spoke passionately about folk music and the impact it has had on her life. Now, she works with volunteers to spread awareness of breast cancer, as well as bring together the community with music. “It’s a dream come true to see what it has become,” she remarked. The event itself takes months of planning and is reliant on donations and contributions. In attendance were people from Connecticut and even Jacksonville, Fla. “We start planning in September. It takes a lot of people pitching in to do this. We have people from all over,” she explained.
The silent auction is one of the popular attractions at the yearly gathering, and community members and local businesses donated all of the items on display. Some of the donations were gift certificates, novels, and children’s toys. Additionally, a quilt, valued around $1,000, was donated by Chester business, Country Treasures, and was raffled off. Other entertainment included a horseshoe and corn hole tournament, as well as a variety of musicians including Totally Submerged and Floyd Lawrence/Intercept.
All of the proceeds were donated to the charity. “It’s great because [the charity] helps families however they can. Mom might need to get chemo treatments, but Dad still needs help with dinner,” she added. In addition, around 75 percent of the money raised at the event will stay in the state and aid Vermont families, which Budnick explains “is great.”
Those who may be interested in volunteering for the 2019 Music in The Meadow may contact email@example.com or 802-875-2626. Looking for additional ways to get involved? More information about the Susan G. Komen New England’s Race for the Cure can be found at www.komennewengland.org/raceforthecure.