April 05, 2012
Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined today by firefighters, store owners, ski area representatives and others in celebrating the sale of the 25,000th ‘I Am Vermont Strong’ license plate, marking the half-way mark in a campaign to sell enough plates to raise $1 million for the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Money from the license plate sales is earmarked for Vermont families impacted by flooding in 2011, as well as the Vermont Foodbank. The Governor reminded Vermonters that the need for assistance following the devastating spring floods and Tropical Storm Irene remains strong.
“I am urging people to continue to support their neighbors who suffered damage to their homes during last year’s storms by buying a VTStrong license plate,” Gov. Shumlin said. “These plates reflect the spirit that makes Vermont strong and the funds are critical in helping Vermonters recover from the devastation of the May and August flooding.”
The $25 plate can be affixed to the front of most vehicles or bought as souvenirs. The goal is to sell 50,000 plates to raise $1 million for the Disaster Relief Fund, and the Governor bought the first plate in February to present to the Corliss family of Berlin, whose mobile home was destroyed by flood waters. Today the Governor bought the 25,000th plate, presenting it to Barre Fire Department Capt. Keith Cushman and thanking all emergency responders across the state for their help during the 2011 storms.
“Vermont’s firefighters, emergency responders, police officers, National Guard troops and others stepped forward to save lives and property during both storms,” Gov. Shumlin said, presenting the plate to Capt. Cushman. The historic plate will remain on a Barre fire truck for a period of time before being shared with other departments across the state, and eventually donated to the Vermont Fire Academy for display. Firefighters from Montpelier and other local units were on hand today for the event. The Governor noted that the St. Johnsbury Fire Department has purchased ‘I Am Vermont Strong’ plates for its fire trucks, and the Barre firefighters plan to do the same.
Gov. Shumlin also thanked the organizations and individuals who have been selling the plates, including member of the Vermont Ski Areas Association and the Vermont Grocers Association (Price Chopper took 1,750 plates and is the biggest purchaser; Shaw's, Maplefields and Hannaford's also have made large purchases). In addition, he thanked businesses like National Life and others that have stepped forward to help with Irene and flood recovery in other ways.
The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund was created following the spring flooding a year ago. When Irene struck Vermont in August, Gov. Shumlin formalized and established a governing body for the fund, which is chaired by David Coates of Colchester. The fund is the primary vehicle for providing disaster assistance to individuals.
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: April 05, 2012 14:27:24