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Mardi Gras Party to Benefit the Tom Sustic Fund featuring Yankee Chank, Ponyhustle and others

25 February 2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hotel Vermont

presented by Young Tradition Vermont and Hotel Vermont with support provided by the Vermont Family Network, UVM Medical Center, the Alchemist and others.

More info at mark.sustic@gmail.com

Burlington does Mardi Gras ON Fat Tuesday, featuring live music.  Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, reflecting the practice of the last night of partying, dancing and eating food before the ritual fasting on Ash Wednesday.  Also known as Carnival, it is celebrated in many countries around the world–mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations. Brazil, Venice and New Orleans play host to some of the holiday’s most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of revelers every year.

Live music for dancing and listening from Yankee Chank, Ponyhustle & others.

The event benefits the Tom Sustic Fund, which was established to support a bone marrow transplant, generated through a series of benefit events in 1999 and 2000 featuring a wide variety of well known performers. After several bone marrow drives and monitoring and searching on registries in North America and Europe, an ideal donor was not located. After Tom’s death in 2001, the funds were re-purposed as on-going support for families with children with life-altering conditions at the Vermont Children’s Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

The Fund is managed and distributed by the Vermont Family Network.  Comments from Dr. Alan Homans, Dr. Brad Friesen and Pam McCarthy from the Vermont Family Network, all with personal connections to Tom’s treatment and medical care, and use of the Fund, will talk about the importance of the Fund to children and their families.

The Bands

Yankee Chank is a group of musicians from throughout New England who perform traditional dance music from Southwest Louisiana.   Band members include Bob Naess, Cannon Labrie, Mark Sustic and Jim Burns.

Ponyhustle plays at Radio Bean every Tuesday for Honky Tonk classics, fitting originals & plenty of swingin’ dancers to boot!’  The band includes Eric George, Colin Cope, Mia Valentini, Cody Sergeant, Luke Houseman, Erich Meisberger and John Abair.