Annual fan-favorite fundraiser features top storytellers


Brattleboro >> Annual fan-favorite fundraiser features top storytellers spinning stories for a worthy cause, in this case, for Youth Services.

Southern Vermont-based The Hatch presents the sixth installment of its Storytellers on a Mission event, featuring nationally celebrated storytellers who will tell moving and hilarious stories to raise money for a great cause. This year's nonprofit recipient is Youth Services. Storytellers on a Mission will be held on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.

The evening's storytellers will be hosted by actress and comedian Michelle Buteau. Featured performers include Ian Chillag, Tom Bodett, Bethany Van Delft, David Rees and Vermont's own Bill Torrey.

Storytellers on a Mission's 2016 beneficiary Youth Services has been providing transformative programs in prevention, intervention and development for young people and families in Windham County communities for more than 40 years. From helping homeless teens transition into life off the streets to building parenting skills for young families to providing mentors to children in need, Youth Services helps those in Windham County that might otherwise be forgotten. The money raised through the Hatch's efforts go directly into the programs which are a safety net for young people in crisis.

The Hatch launched in 2013 to produce entertaining storytelling events for the community and donates 100% of its proceeds to nonprofit organizations in Vermont. Since its inception, The Hatch has raised more than $200,000.

"Without Youth Services, Windham County simply would not be as wonderful a place as it is," said Youth Services Executive Director Russell Bradbury-Carlin. "We are proud of the work we do and we're eager to do even more. Without funds from events like Storytellers on a Mission we wouldn't be able to make a difference, to change lives, hearts and minds or to build the caring community we all benefit from."

Tickets to Storytellers on a Mission are $60 front orchestra, $40 rear orchestra, $25 balcony and can be purchased online at As the lineup of storytellers has been known to tell late-night stories with late-night content, this event is not suitable for children.

Supporters of the event include Foard Panel, Farnum Insulators, The Richards Group, as well as media sponsor Vermont Public Radio.To connect to Hatch events, visit, and Twitter/HatchVT.


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