Mayor&Rsquo;S Office

Moss Point, Mississippi

August 28 - 29, 2005

Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history, reaches land near the Louisiana/Mississippi border.

September 16, 2005
Organized by Magic Hat Brewing Company in partnership with the City, the Hurricane Benéfeté raised over $22,000 for the people of Moss Point.

September 27 - 30, 2005
Then Mayor Peter Clavelle, his wife Betsy Ferries, and George Hamilton, President of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, take a trip to Moss Point and the surrounding Jackson County to assess the needs of the people and to meet with Moss Point Mayor Xavier Bishop.

October 8, 2005
After worries that Moss Point's annual Fall de Rah Festival (which features a stunning display of pumpkins) would not go on due to damage to Moss Point's pumpkin harvest, the city quickly collaborated with Gardner's Supply for the 3rd annual Great Pumpkin Festival in Burlington to donate 1,200 pumpkins to the city of Moss Point. Thanks to Barrett's Trucking, all pumpkins made it to Moss Point just in time for the event, which was a boost for the cities ego.

October 27 - 29, 2005
All proceeds from the Fun for Change non-profit that runs the Haunted Forest Fundraiser in Williston goes directly to the benefit of Moss Point. Over 6,000 people attend throughout the weekend.

November 2005
Ian Solomon, a student at Shelburne Community School, sends 60 lbs. of base ball equipment to Moss Point for the Little League program. Another 100 lbs. of equipment is shipped in April.

March 18 - 25, 2006
University of Vermont (UVM) students spend their spring break in Moss Point as part of UVM's alternative spring break (ASP) program. The students stay at the First Baptist Church in Moss Point and work on various cleanup efforts.

March 19, 2006
Elisabeth Von Trapp concert at Burlington's First United Methodist Church. Von Trapp preformed shortly after Hurricane Katrina touched down at the Dantzler Memorial First United Methodist Church in Moss Point.

March 24, 2006
"Bash for Cash" at Higher Ground in South Burlington features a high class talent show from five regional high schools. The fundraiser includes acts from Bellows Free Academy in Saint Albans and Fairfax, Champlain Valley Union HS, Essex HS, and Burlington HS. Students from Moss Point HS are flown up to participate as well. Proceeds benefited the Moss Point HS Student Activities program.

March 25 - April 1, 2006
Members from the Burlington's First United Methodist Church spend a week in Moss Point for a Volunteer in Mission project and provide hands on assistance to the Dantzler Memorial First Methodist Church. Burlington Reverend Richard Hibbert makes a strong connection with Moss Point Reverend David Greer to be sure the partnership will continue into the future.

April 30, 2006
Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall hosts the Kreole Elementary School Fundraiser with performances by local musicians and a silent auction from local businesses. All the proceeds were used to purchase vital education materials for the school.

October 13, 2006
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band played at the Flynn Theater. The Burlington-Moss Point Sister City Committee presented a pre-concert open discussion describing the history and continued goals of this partnership.

October 14, 2006
After a food and supply drive at Battery Park, Burlington was able to send a tractor trailer load of non-perishable food items, jackets and coats, children's clothes and building supplies to Moss Point, Mississippi.

November 30 - December 10, 2006
Fletcher Free librarians Robert Resnik and Rebecca Goldberg, and library volunteer Gigi Weisman take to the road in the Library's van on an outreach mission to help the Ina Thompson Library in Moss Point, Mississippi. Librarian, Carol Hewlett, and the residents of Moss Point and neighboring Pascagoula, sing and dance with joy during the visit and are extremely appreciative of the $3,000 raised for their library.
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