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Performres help raise funds for United Way

RUTLAND Through the support of Chittenden Bank and talented performers of Rutland County, United Way of Rutland County raised over $7,000 in support of the organizations 2008 campaign. Before a large audience, Cameron Steinmetz won the overall event with a piano rendition of Scott Joplins classic Maple Leaf Rag. Stenmetz, a senior at Green Mountain College, won the crowd and judges over the performer won in both the adult-solo category and the overall trophy. Other category winners were Miss Lorraines School of Dance with a rendition of Michael Jacksons Thriller in the Group Dance; Cassandra Brooke Lang of Grand Performance Studio of Dance in the dance solo Exceptional; Natalie Brierre in the youth-solo category singing, The Wizard and I from Music Man; and Green Mountain College Cantorion singing Imagine by John Lennon with piano accompanist Jim Cassarino. Father and daughter team Dave and Emma Williams were the recipients of the planning committees Spirit of Mary Byrne Award. The late Mary Byrne was an instrumental part of making the downtown Rutland show a success. This years show was dedicated to Byrnes memory. It was a great event for the performers, our community and United Way of Rutland County, said Pat Wener, vice president of the Chittenden Bank and event coordinator. We must thank volunteers like Sam Gorruso, Brian Mayhew, Zach Razanouski, Gayle Lang, Carl Wener, Ron Bower, Jerry Munger and so many others for the success of the show, Wener added. Its a big win for our community, the performers, and most of all for our local United Way which benefits from all proceeds of the event.

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