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Event To Benefit Yolande Henry Community Fund

The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) a program of the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), will be hosting the 10th Annual Yolande Henry Community Fund Fund-raiser on Saturday, May 2,at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium at Champlain College, 375 Maple St., Burlington.

This year’s Deaf performer will be Arkady Belozovsky, a renowned comedian, storyteller and historian who has lectured around the world. Through hardship, struggle and persecution, Arkady and his Deaf family (three generations) learned to use humor to survive and thrive and now looks forward to sharing his experience with audiences around the world. He is originally from Ukraine and now resides in Massachusetts with his wife and three Deaf children.

Voice interpretation and FM listening systems will be provided, making the show accessible to Deaf and hearing audience members alike.

The Yolande Henry Community Fund pays for sign language interpreters for weddings, funerals and family gatherings in Vermont which are not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), thus sparing the families considerable interpreter expenses for these important life events and assuring that Deaf loved ones are able to attend. The Community Fund is funded entirely by this annual fund-raiser and by individual contributions.

Tickets are on sale now at, through VIRS and will be available at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-13, and free to children under 5. Raffle tickets will be sold for cash and other exciting prizes.

For more information, call VIRS at 802 254-3920 or VP 802 275-0104 or email at, or visit our website,