FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 15, 2012
Genevieve M. Burnell
Director of Communications
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
60 Main Street, Suite 100
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-3489 ext 209
BURLINGTON, VERMONT, May 14 – Sponsored by Citizens Bank and presented by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Business Association, and the Church Street Marketplace, “Burlington Bears Its Art” is a mix of community, art, business and we’re unveiling the first Bear on Wednesday! These whimsical fiberglass Bears will be on display at the Marketplace and in the greater Burlington area. The Bears will not only serve as street art and enhance the ambiance of Burlington, they will provide recognition for both sponsors and artists while generating revenue for area businesses and increasing tourism in the downtown area.
Citizens Bank and the three presenting business organizations will be holding a press conference on the at 12:00 noon sharp in front of Burlington City Hall on Wednesday, May 16. The Bears will be unveiled and start to grace the Marketplace that same day. Speakers at the presser include Mayor Miro Weinberger (invited), Tom Torti, Ron Redmond, Kelly Devine, and a COTS representative.
“At Citizens Bank, commitment to the communities we serve has long been a hallmark of the way we do business. The Bears project supports the local economy by promoting Burlington as a destination for tourists while featuring local artists,” says Kathleen Reardon of Citizens Bank. “We are also pleased that the proceeds will benefits COTS and their efforts to prevent homelessness.”
After the viewing season, each bear will be auctioned off online at www.biddingforgood.com, and partial proceeds will benefit the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS).
The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest non-profit business membership organization in Vermont. The mission of Chamber of Commerce is to promote commerce and economic growth guided by the principles of community engagement, environmental responsibility, and issue-centric advocacy. To learn more about the Chamber, visit www.vermont.org.