A Wedding and a Murder benefit for Youth Services was Sold-out Fundraiser
Dummerston Center, VT—It was a chance to crash a wedding AND support a great cause! On Saturday evening, April 8, Youth Services held its Annual Gala & Silent Auction in the church and grange of Dummerston Center from 5 to 10 p.m. New to the much anticipated event was a murder mystery dinner complements of the talented actors of Vermont Theatre Company.
The event raised close to $11,000 to support programs for young people and families in Windham County.
The festive evening of food and drink by Hardy Foard Catering started with a wedding and a whodunit? mystery. The play had six characters, a “law enforcement officer,” and secret clues for the audience. In between the wedding dinner, silent auction of the “gift table” wedding cake, champagne toast and dancing to the tunes of The Butterfly Swing Band, clues were revealed, accusations made, and fun had by all! The evening of mystery, intrigue and live music benefited Youth Services’ critical safety net for area young people.
ABOUT THE MUSIC The Butterfly Swing Band plays hot classic swing grooves from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, with Joe LoMonaco, on drums, Jon Oltman upright bass, Scott Sizer trumpet, harmonica and vocals, Mark Anagnostopulos guitar and vocals, and Walter Slowinski clarinet, sax and vocals.
Their swing tunes are described as from the great American Songbook, with a bit of blues and bebop mixed in, along with some creative improvisation and spontaneous riffing. They have a unique and hard-swinging sound according to their fans, that always brings out the best in their listeners and dancers.The Butterfly Swing vocals include two and three-part harmonies.
“Their musical spontaneity, moving from one player to another, give rise to riffs that metamorphosis into new themes,” recalled Ana Saavedra, a Youth Services board member who danced at a recent performance. “The Butterfly Swing Band is guaranteed to get this gala audience schmoozin’ and movin’.”