On July 10, 2024
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Rutland Country Club hosts golf, BBQ, and Chad Hollister Band concert to fight hunger

By Woody Weider - Chad Hollister

Saturday, July 13 at 11:30 a.m.—RUTLAND— The Rutland Country Club will be transformed into a multi-faceted fundraising event on Saturday, featuring a mix and match choice of golf, chicken BBQ buffet dinner, and capping it all off with a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring the renowned Chad Hollister Band. In case of rain, the concert will move indoors where the capacity is limited. Pre-purchasing tickets online is strongly advised. 

Hailing from Vermont, the Chad Hollister Band has been touring the country for over 30 years, taking its “pure sonic alchemy” on the road as the opener for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Petty and has shared the stage w/ every PHISH member, Billy Gibbons, Merl Saunders, Warren Haynes, Blues Traveler and Los Lobos. 

This fundraising event will support the fight against hunger, with all net proceeds being donated to the Rutland Community Cupboard, BROC Community Action, the Pittsford Food Shelf, and other worthwhile causes. 

The struggling economy and inflation have caused 2 in 5 Vermonters to experience some level of food insecurity. Currently, over 150,000 individuals across the state require assistance. Particularly hard hit are families with children, who are five times more likely to face hunger.

According to Audrey Bridge, executive director of the Rutland Community Cupboard, state and nationwide demand for emergency food has increased to “alarming rates.” This is reflected in visits to the Rutland Community Cupboard, which have nearly doubled since December 2003. As a result, the Vermont Food Bank has been forced to add a full tractor trailer delivery route specifically dedicated to the Rutland Community Cupboard and BROC Community Action, the region’s two largest food pantries.

Rising caseloads and higher food costs are challenging the ability of local food pantries to supply fresh basics such as fresh eggs, milk, butter, and produce. To raise funds to help purchase these foods, Chip in Against Hunger kicks off with golf tee times starting at 11:30 a.m. To reserve a time, contact:  Rutland Country Club pro shop at 802-773-3254 ext.1. Greens fees are $90 per person, including cart, with a percentage of each fee going towards concert4community.org. 

Non-golfers can participate as well by attending a chicken BBQ buffet dinner from 5-7:15 p.m. featuring chicken, burgers, dogs, corn on the cob, sides and salads, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages included. The festivities conclude with an outdoor concert (movIng indoors in case of rain) featuring the renowned Chad Hollister Band starting at 7:30 p.m.. Ticket costs for both the chicken BBQ dinner and the concert vary based on age. 

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit: concert4community.org. Walk-ups are welcome.

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