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Raucous evening set for Rutland couples in food-shelf fundraiser

Courtesy Rutland Community Cupboard

Eight couples will play in the Rutland version of the Newlywed Game: top row, from left, Liam and Danielle Monroe, Claudio and Brenda Fort, Brook and Tom Markowski, and Eliza and Jarod Wilcox. Bottom row, from left, Anna and Stephen Montanez, Eli Brannon and Tyler Hock, Colleen and Bill Wright, and Joel and Bernadette Robin.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.—RUTLAND— The third annual Rutland Newly Wed Game is a hilarious night out, for a purpose. The event will be held at The Paramount Theatre in Downtown Rutland, Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. With Ed Kelly as the host, each of the eight couples – Joel and Bernadette Robin, Eliza and Jarod Wilcox, Liam and Danielle Monroe, Eli Brannon and Tyler Hock, Colleen and Bill Wright, Claudio and Brenda Fort, Brook and Tom Markowski and Anna and Stephen Montanez – will test their knowledge of one another in front of a live audience. Organizers have noted that the event is rated PG-13.

“If you saw the first two editions of the show, you know it takes fun, brave and generous souls to get out on the stage and play,” said GMP VP Steve Costello, one of the organizers. “The night promises to be filled with fun, laughter and maybe a few awkward moments as the couples learn what they know and don’t know about each other.”

All of the profits from this one-night event benefit Rutland’s three area food shelves: Rutland Community Cupboard, BROC Community Food Shelf, and The Salvation Army Food Shelf. These three organizations serve Rutland County residents throughout the year, and last year, the event raised over $24,000 to help continue their efforts in ending hunger in the area.

Paramount Programming Director Eric Mallette said the event has exceeded expectations each year. “Raising funds for local food shelves and a night of absolute hilarity… does it get any better? This event best exemplifies the Rutland that I love – community members coming together to help others that need a hand up. What a great night!”

“We are excited to support the food shelves, but understandably nervous about the night,” contestant Eliza Wilcox said. “But a little bit of nervousness is a small price to pay for such an important cause.”

To purchase tickets, call 802-775-0903 or visit Also, check out the event’s Facebook page for more details and updates. The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center St., Rutland.

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