Statehouse Open House Raises $100K For Irene Relief

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Vermont Irene Recovery Officer Sue Minter is seen speaking with volunteers and storm survivors Thursday at the Statehouse.

In lieu of a traditional inaugural ball, Gov. Peter Shumlin hosted an open house Thursday night at the Statehouse to benefit ongoing Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts.

Vermont Irene Recovery Officer Sue Minter reports that the more casual event brought in $100,000 for the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund through ‘Vermont Strong’ license plate sales and donations.

Minter says it’s critical that the state keeps recovery from the storm on the front burner.

“We still have a long way to go to help the many survivors that are still actually in temporary housing and still trying to get back on their feet and into their homes,” Minter says.

Since the August, 2011 storm, the Disaster Relief Fund has generated more than $7 million toward its $10 million goal. Those funds will help individuals who are expecting to still need financial support, even after they receive federal assistance.

The open house was held in the Statehouse cafeteria, where Irene-related artwork still lines the walls 16 months after the storm.

Visit the Vermont Disaster Relief fund here.

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