Sept. 2, 2022 | Submitted by Waterbury Ambulance Service
Waterbury Ambulance Service is planning a special fundraiser on Sunday September 11 at the Double E in Essex Junction to support its station building project to build a new facility next year.
The event, from 4-7 p.m. at the Old Stage, features live music from rock band The Grift, food trucks and a silent auction.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity for people to come together to celebrate all that Waterbury Ambulance has achieved over the past few years,” said Mark Podgwaite, Executive Director of Waterbury Ambulance. “We worked hard to raise $3 million for our new facility. We are 77% of the way to our goal with just over $700,000 left to raise. I am blown away by the friendliness of our community.
Kevin Statesir, a Waterbury resident and co-founder of The Double E, offered the venue to Waterbury Ambulance at minimal cost. “I often saw the crew of Waterbury Ambulance when I came to collect [COVID-19] tested. They’ve always been so kind and I’ve wanted to give back to them in a meaningful way for some time now,” he said. “Contributing to the use of the site is the least we can do to support this great organization that has been there for all of us.”
The headliner, The Grift, is a popular club, wedding and event group based in the Champlain Valley. Their original sound and tunes mix roots rock, pop and jam. The band’s website states that the band defies easy categorization, offering a mix of “booty-shaking grooves and improvisation with radio-friendly hooks, witty lyrics and tight vocal harmonies”.
Volunteer event coordinator Courtney Guyette said prizes for the auction came from businesses, artists and friends across the state. Bidding items include experiences like a day at Jay Peak Water Park, food from Cabot Creamery, Cold Hollow Cider and Lake Champlain Chocolates, local art including a World Cow by DJ Berry, and even a ball of Boston Red Sox autographed baseball.
Tickets: $40 for adults, $20 for children 7-16; children 6 and under are free.
The not-for-profit Waterbury Ambulance Service has been in operation for over 50 years. The combined volunteer and paid EMS service responds to an average of 750 emergency calls per year and its members undergo training in community health and first aid, as well as car seat fittings.
Since 2020, Waterbury Ambulance Service has been a key responder during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, its members have administered more than 150,000 COVID-19 tests and more than 45,000 vaccinations. In 2021, the Waterbury Ambulance Service received the award for Ambulance Service of the Year by the State of Vermont.
For more information about the Waterbury Ambulance Service, the Station Building Project and to purchase tickets for the Rockin’ Concert and Silent Auction, visit waterburyambulance.org online.