As a non-profit, the Vermont Foodbank is always looking for new and creative ways to raise funds. Special events are a unique way we do this, as they also allow us an opportunity to reach out to the public and share our work and our mission. This past year, the Vermont Foodbank decided that a benefit concert would be a terrific way to raise both funds and awareness for the Foodbank and the work that we do around the state. We approached National Life Group with the idea and they soon agreed to be the presenting sponsor.

Founded in Montpelier in 1848, National Life Group is a family of financial service companies based in Montpelier, Vermont. National Life and its foundation- the National Life Charitable Foundation- have been strong supporters of their community and the work of the Vermont Foodbank. And by sponsoring the concert, National Life affirms their invaluable role in a hunger-free Vermont.

For nearly half a century, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) has brought the sounds and soul of New Orleans to audiences worldwide. On October 9th, PHJB will grace the stage of the Flynn Center in Burlington.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. I remember stopping in when I was in New Orleans (oh, those many years ago at Jazz Fest) and heard some great Dixie Land jazz. The band has traveled worldwide spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, their music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit.

We are so grateful to National Life Group for their commitment of support for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band benefit concert. Now more than ever, the Foodbank and our partners throughout the state are looking to businesses to not only draw attention to the issue of hunger in Vermont, but also to support the fight against hunger in a very significant way. National Life Group has again stepped up to the plate to support an effort that will raise vital funds to provide food for Vermonters in need of food help.

Show up, and tell your friends! For tickets to the show on October 9th at 8PM call 802-86-FLYNN or visit

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