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Do Good Fest Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur.
National Life’s annual “Do Good Fest” is scheduled for July 13 this year at its Montpelier headquarters. This will be the 10th anniversary of the charitable event, which started in 2014, according to its website, dogoodfest.com. Proceeds will benefit Branches of Hope and the Howard Center. Branches of Hope is the cancer patient fund at the Central Vermont Medical Center’s National Life Cancer Treatment Center in Berlin. The Howard Center provides mental health support, substance abuse treatment, and developmental services with programs specific to children and youths to support family, residential, educational, and community issues with offices in Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, and St. Albans, according to their website howardcenter.org.

The Do Good Fest is an annual fundraising event on the grounds of National Life that entails an outdoor musical lineup, food, beverages, and a “Nonprofit VIllage.” This year the gates open at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. Beats for Good Performance will take the stage, followed by Couch at 3 p.m. Dishwalla will perform at 4:30 p.m. followed by Rachel Platten at 6 p.m. The final act, Fitz and the Tantrums, is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. (exact times subject to change). Last year, Plain White Ts, Fastball, and All Night Boogie performed. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic.

Attendees are asked to refrain from bringing alcoholic drinks, glass bottles or containers, aerosols, pets, illegal drugs, umbrellas or canopies, and tobacco products (including e-cigarettes and marijuana). However, they are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, sunscreen, and a small cooler. A wide array of food options will be available from local Vermont food vendors, along with a beer garden serving beer and hard seltzer. Additionally, parking is limited, so people are asked to carpool or take a free shuttle from a parking spot in downtown Montpelier. The shuttle will make stops at city hall, 133 State Street, Montpelier High School, and the Vermont Department of Labor. 

In addition to music and a food vendor area, a Nonprofit Village will be on site. The nonprofits include All Brains Belong VT, Smart, Branches of Hope, CVDArt, Central Vermont Humane Society, COTS, the Clara Martin Center, Community Harvest of Central Vermont, Destination Imagination Vermont, Everybody Wins Vermont, Friends of the Winooski, Green Up Vermont, Hannah’s House, Lund, the Howard Center, Montpelier Alive, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, Sail Beyond Cancer, the University of Vermont Cancer Center, the Vermont Food Bank, the Vermont Mountaineers, Vermont Works for Women, and the University of Vermont Extension Center 4-H.