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Colchester 'Venue' event aids Sandy victims

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As residents along the East Coast continue to cleanup following late-October's Superstorm, friends in Vermont lent a hand by throwing a party.

"We gotta help our neighbors," said Tammy Niquette, who helped organize Sunday's 'Venue' fundraiser.

Donations -- $10 dollars per adult and $5 per child -- will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. "We're hoping to raise as much as possible but if we could raise at least $2,000 that would be awesome," Niquette said.

Guests enjoyed good food, improv comedy and musical performances. The Green Mountain Derby Dames even skated-in for a demo. But the performance means more to skaters than just a public appearance. "It's really devastating. It's a place that I've gone since I was a baby," said Derby Dame Kristin Welch, or Star-Slayer, as she's known on skates.  She said her family is about to get its first chance to see her grandmother's house along the shore since the storm struck. "They're expecting it to be a total loss, there's a lot of friends' houses nearby that are gone," she said.

Kids Sunday enjoyed arts and crafts, outdoor activities as well as a bouncy house. Young volunteers like 11-year-old Aiyana Chastenay, said they can't imagine what those in the hardest hit areas have been through. "I would feel really freaked out, and the animals, they had to evacuate, so I would also feel really bad for them," she said.

Cleanup will take months -- and likely years -- but communities throughout Vermont and the country are pitching-in to help their neighbors.
 

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