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PHISH VT BENEFIT CONCERT: GIVING PLAN AND FIRST GRANTS ANNOUNCED: Phish and the WaterWheel Foundation announced today the initial grants from their September 14 benefit concert at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex, VT via the WaterWheel Fund for Vermont Flood Recovery, housed at the Vermont Community Foundation. For complete info, please click here.
The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band's various charitable activities.
From its debut through the current tour, the primary mission WaterWheel's Touring Division has been to raise funds for a pre-selected non-profit in each community that Phish visits while on tour. The net proceeds raised at each show - fan donations plus the sale of WaterWheel logo merchandise and items autographed by the band - are donated to the organization tabling at the show, after deducting overhead costs.
The WaterWheel Foundation choses non-profits from a large sphere of needs including social services, primarily those benefitting women and children; environmental, with a focus on clean water and land conservation; as well as food banks, urban gardening and the like.
To date, WaterWheel has donated over $550,000 to more then 325 groups.
Additionally, Waterwheel merchandise can be purchased on the road and via Phish Dry Goods
To contact WaterWheel email email@example.com or write to WaterWheel, PO Box 4400, Burlington VT 05406-4400.