Blue Man connection raises ‘green’ in NYC for Vermont’s Irene relief

first_imgA recent fundraiser in New York City, organized by former Vermonters, brought over $12,000 for Irene relief here at home. Blue Man Group supported this ‘I VT NY’ event which was conceived by two Vermonters who are now members of the troupe–Isaac Eddy and Zea Barker. The money they raised will be shared between the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. The huge Brooklyn Bowl complex hosted the evening while Amanda Palmer, an eclectic and very popular rocker in the cabaret and ‘Brechtian’ vein stepped up as headliner. A showcase of Vermont products supported the cause with donations from businesses as diverse as Burton Snowboards, Sugarbush Resort, Courierware, WhistlePig Whiskey, Quaker Hill Granola, Vermont Creamery, and The Center for Cartoon Studies. The Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Vermont came aboard as a major sponsor.‘Once again the farmer-owners at Cabot came through,’ enthused Eddy. ‘Cabot’s involvement was huge. They covered our expenses, guaranteeing that our gate and auction proceeds would all go to the relief effort.’While remarkable progress has already been accomplished, residents rebuilding their flooded homes, businesses and farms are facing a longer term recovery. Donations are still needed and can be made through is external). On stage, Palmer’s talents were joined by others, including The London Souls, Sonya Kitchell, D.J. Spirit Bear and Blue Man Group. An impromptu Palmer/Blue Man on-stage rave with Vermont maple sugarmaker Max Cantor, from Deep Mountain Maple in West Glover, was hilarious.The surprise of the evening was when Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, took the stage and paid homage to Palmer, thanking her ‘for being a voice for the people, for standing in solidarity, for being here tonight.’ Then, these two activists sang ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ and ‘If I had a Hammer.’‘Playing with Peter was a revelation,’ Palmer said later. ‘I felt like I was receiving a pure folk transmission.’ Looking back on the evening, Eddy’ feels ‘This was the moment in the night that made the whole event truly special.”Many artists contributed work that helped make this a successful evening. They included Brookfield’s Ed Koren, who designed the poster, and numerous others including photographers Mikael Kennedy, Brian Scott, Elise Rasmussen, and Bob Eddy. Original art was given by Samuel Rowlett, Alec Longstreth, Brett Haines, Amanda Palmer, and Jennifer Kahn.Darkcloud, a Vermont-born Brooklyn street artist, designed t-shirts and other artwork.Long Trail Brewing supplied the evening’s beer. To bring Irene’s impact closer to the NY audience, 30 video monitors throughout the Brooklyn Bowl showed photographs of Irene’s devastation in Vermont. All of them came from the pages of The Herald of Randolph.At the heart of the welcoming area, were Stuart Comstock-Gay and Scott McArdle of the Vermont Community Foundation, which has helped coordinate much of the philanthropic response following Irene.‘The energy of this evening is just incredible,’ said Comstock-Gay. ‘These people are enthusiastic, they are concerned, and they care â ¦ What’s become very clear to us is that when people are given a taste of Vermont, they care about Vermont. Vermont is a beacon of inspiration and hope.’ The cast and crew of Blue Man NYC enthusiastically supported this event because there are so many Vermonters in the group, including Brian Scott and Chris Bowen.   –last_img read more

CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24

first_imgSep 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Because of continuing uncertainty about the supply of influenza vaccine this winter, federal health officials said today that inactivated flu vaccine should be reserved for high-risk groups until late October.”Beginning October 24, all persons will be eligible for vaccination,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The groups recommended to get first use of inactivated vaccine include people aged 65 and older, those with chronic illness, nursing home residents, children aged 6 to 23 months, pregnant women, healthcare workers who provide direct patient care, and household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months.However, people need not wait until Oct 24 to receive MedImmune’s live nasal-spray vaccine, FluMist, the CDC said. FluMist is licensed for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49, except for pregnant women.The recommendation comes a day after the flu vaccine supply picture improved with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine and a positive report on Chiron’s progress in addressing problems at its flu vaccine production plant in England. The CDC said the recommendation was necessary because the overall vaccine supply and the timing of distribution remain uncertain.In today’s article, the CDC gives estimates of flu vaccine supplies for the United States that add up to a range of 89 million to 97 million doses. That includes 60 million doses from Sanofi Aventis, 18 million to 26 million from Chiron, 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, and 3 million from MedImmune. (Yesterday, as reported here, a CDC spokesman had listed Sanofi Aventis’s expected production at 50 million doses instead of 60 million, yielding a total production estimate of 79 million to 87 million doses.)Last fall and winter, the loss of 48 million doses of vaccine expected from Chiron prompted an effort to reserve vaccine for high-risk groups until late in the flu season. Ultimately, 57 million Americans were vaccinated and about 3 million doses went unused. In the 2003-04 season, which also saw some shortages, about 87 million doses were available in the US market. The US supply in 2002-03 totaled about 95 million doses, according to the CDC.Yesterday the FDA said Chiron had made “significant progress” in addressing the contamination problems that had forced the company to cancel delivery of doses to the United States. But the agency said more work is needed to determine how many doses the company will be able to supply this year.CDC. Update: influenza vaccine supply and recommendations for prioritization during the 2005-06 influenza season. MMWR 2005 Sep 2;54(34):850 [Full text]See also:CDC’s Aug 6, 2005, recommendations on tiered use of flu vaccine in the event of a shortage read more