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Lunafest Women’s Film Festival: a Benefit for GOTRVT

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


What is Lunafest Vermont?

Lunafest is a national film festival that features short films by, for, and about women. This year, Vermont’s Lunafest will be hosted by Girls on the Run Vermont and funds raised from the evening will go to their Every Girl Fund, which helps ensure that our local girls, and future leaders of Vermont, have access to their affordable and award-winning after-school empowerment program — with additional financial assistance for those that need it the most.

When is Lunafest Vermont?

Taking place on the evening of Saturday, October 7 at the Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington, the benefit will feature short films that cover a range of topics — from motherhood and mental growth to relationships, aging, and health.

Who is the Guest speaker?

Image-1Our guest speaker for the evening will be Karen Newman, world-class triathlete, cancer and eating disorder survivor, author, and dietitian. An inspiration to so many, Karen will speak about her past experience with bullying, body issues, physical fitness, and her health.
Join us for a GOTR VT Reception before the screening!
But make sure you come early for the pre-screening reception! Starting at 6:30pm, join GOTRVT staff, Karen Newman, and fellow community members for light refreshments, cash bar, and mingling.

●      Pick up your free gift and bid on curated raffle baskets chocked-full of local goodies. With themes like “Relax & Recharge,” “Healthy & Strong,” and “Outdoor Fun,” there is a basket for everyone!

Did You Know?

Girls on the Run Lunafest Dollars go to the Every Girl Fund! The Every Girl Fund is….
“No matter how you make your contribution, every dollar helps us change the lives of these young Vermont girls. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, business owner or just a caring community member, we welcome — and are very grateful for — any and all contributions to Girls on the Run Vermont.
The cost for GOTRVT to deliver the program is $180 per girl. GOTRVT automatically provides a $80 subsidy to each girl, and additional financial assistance to those who need it most. Your support will go directly to our Every Girl Fund and help us ensure that no girl is turned away due to her family’s inability to pay.  GOTRVT is a 501(c)(3), so your donation may be 100% tax-deductible.”

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, who works on a national level to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

A ticket to Vermont’s Lunafest guarantees the following:

  • Admission to the film screening (nine short films with intermission and featuring guest speaker, Karen Newman)
  • Admission to the pre-screening reception with light refreshments, a cash bar, and plenty of awesome raffle baskets to bid on! BONUS: option to pre-purchase raffle tickets at checkout and pick up the night of the event!
  • A free gift from GOTRVT!
  • Joy of donating to TWO great causes at the same time!

We hope you’ll join us on this inspiring and important evening as we raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s health!

A Special thanks to our Host Sponsor, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center!MAIN STREET LANDING Logo BW



What is the schedule of events?

Pre-screening reception: 6:30pm

Free, light refreshments; cash bar; raffles!

Showtime: 7:20pm

GOTRVT Executive Director, Nancy Heydinger, and Board Chair, Rita Ramirez will introduce our featured Guest Speaker, Karen Newman

Total running time for the films is just under 90 minutes

Do I have to buy raffle tickets now?

Nope! Raffle tickets will be available at the event — cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted on the night.

What is the free gift?

It’s a surprise!

Will there be an intermission?

Yes. There will be a 20-min intermission halfway through the film screening. Plenty of time to stretch…and buy more raffle tickets!

What is the minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Due to the nature/content of the screened films, this event is 16+

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Metered, street parking is available outside/near the venue.

Green Mountain Transit offers a #11 College Street shuttle to the waterfront.



October 7
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Main Street Landing
60 Lake Street
Burlington, VT 05401 United States
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When word got out that there was a group of young girls running around the nation together, challenging themselves every week to grow stronger as athletes and as people, and approaching their goals with focus, passion and grace, there was no question: ASICS had to hop on their path and run right alongside them.

ASICS was founded on the humble idea that sports have the power to transform lives and bring communities together through the universal language of movement. Nearly sixty years later, the synergies between this fundamental company vision and the mission of Girls On the Run has inspired ASICS to become the exclusive National Footwear Sponsor for the organization. By offering footwear, hosting local chapter events and providing on-going financial contributions to the program, ASICS is thrilled support their lifetime journey toward a happier, healthier and more balanced life through running.

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Gamma Phi Beta Sorority is the exclusive National Panhellenic Conference Girls on the Run National Sponsor. Our philanthropic focus, Building Strong Girls, gives girls the confidence to dream big. We inspire the female leaders of tomorrow. For nearly a century, Gamma Phi Beta has committed to improving the lives of young girls by not only building stronger girls but stronger communities through them. As a National Sponsor, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority provides support to Girls on the Run through financial contributions at the local and international level and hands-on local support from our extensive and passionate membership throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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