Citizens Bank presents The Cows Come Home to Burlington
Cow Auction website, click here.
Starting on October 11, 2010, you can bid on your favorite cow! The auction, held through charity auction website biddingforgood.com will run for one month, closing two days after our 100th annual dinner. Of course, the cows will be in attendance for the dinner. Partial proceeds from the auction will go to The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, a 501(c)(3) organization based in the Burlington area. More info on The Campaign can be found at vtnohunger.org. So, in anticipation of the auction, get a good look at our cows before they go out to pasture!
The Cows Come Home to Burlington is a mix of community, art and business. It is a 24/7, non-weather dependent event spanning from May to September 2010. The purpose of Cows Come Home is to increase tourism in the Burlington area and generate revenue for area businesses, while implementing street art in a way that will benefit businesses and give recognition to local artists through creating a “walking tour” type exhibit.
How It Works:
Fiberglass cows arrive as “blank canvases.” They are sent to local artists to be decorated.
Upon returning, they are displayed prominently in the Burlington downtown and regionally.
At the end of the season, the cows are put up for auction, partial proceeds benefiting the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.
- February 1, 2010 - Our manufacturer begins to make the Cows
- March 15, 2010 - Cows go to the artists for painting
- May 1, 2010 - Painting complete; Cows are returned
- May 10, 2010 - Cows go on display in downtown Burlington, coinciding with graduation ceremonies, Mother’s day. Potential regional areas for display include entry points into Chittenden County: BTV, interstate rest areas (Guilford, Williston, Georgia, Alburgh), downtown businesses, ferries
- October 11, 2010 - Display period concludes; Cows are listed online for auction
- Auction: October-November 2010
By participating in The Cows Come Home, you will be supporting a worthy cause—partial proceeds from The Cows Come Home will benefit the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to hunger prevention through expanding access to nutrition programs that nourish Vermont’s children and families through education and advocacy.
A few of The Campaign’s programs: (Proceeds will be targeted towards Chittenden County initiatives.)
- School Meals Expansion Program: expanding a reliable source of nutrition for school children by expanding school breakfast and lunch programs.
- Out-of-School Time Nutrition Program: helps community groups provide nutritious meals to low-income children during out-of-school time.
- Cooking for Life Program: teaching low-income families how to make healthy food choices by preparing meals.
- 3SquaresVT: Improving access and participation in VT’s food stamp program.
For more information contact Matt McMahon, (802) 863-3489 ext. 208 or Matt@vermont.org