Capital Campaign Underway!




In October 2016 we quietly began the Capitol Campaign for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT).  The formal public launch of the campaign is expected this winter.   We estimate that it will take $10 – $15 million to finish the remaining 60+ miles of the trail.  The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is partnering with VAST to share the costs of construction.  In order to finish building the Trail and to provide essential funds for Trail maintenance we need to raise $3-4 million in private funding to match public capital construction funds. The campaign is expected to last until the end of 2018.

Sponsoring this dynamic project, that once completed will be the longest rail trail in New England is exciting and will take a lot of folks helping out.  A broad range of gifts – large and small – will be required to reach our goal.

If you would like to become a sponsor you can email or call Don Balcom, Campaign Manager, at don@vtvast.org, or 802-498-8356. ALL donations and sponsorship monies go toward the construction and marketing of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Your donation is tax deductible. You can also make a donation here on our site via the PayPal button at the top of the page. Be sure to specify LVRT Campaign in the Purpose box.  If you’d prefer to send a check, please mail it to Cindy Locke, Executive Director, Vermont Association of Snow Travelers,Inc. 26 VAST Lane, Barre, VT 05641 and indicate LVRT Campaign on your check.

LVRT Bike Raffle!

Help the LVRT and enter to win some awesome bikes donated by Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness in South Burlington. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Click here for more information or follow the link below and get your tickets today!

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BENEFACTOR AND CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS

Platinum, Gold and Silver Locomotive Sponsorships – The LVRT passes through sixteen historic towns and communities and consists of six sections ranging in length from 10.9 to 19.5 miles. This is our top-level sponsorship. We have six opportunities at this level. The donation level for this range from $150,000 to $350,000 each and includes the following:  your gift will be recognized along the trail section on plaques at the beginning and the end of each section listing your family name, business name, or another name of your choosing.

The sponsorship of this section of trail will be reflected on all historic markers, interpretative signs, and in all marketing materials, official trail maps (those given out and posted along the trail, as well as a new map app for smart phones) and promotions. Your section of trail will be color coded and any other appropriate signs posted along the section of trail to include parking areas, trailheads and resting locations will reflect your name. All advertising opportunities will list you and web links, etc. We will add your business location/s to the map as well if you would like us to. Invitations to all LVRT events are complimentary.

There is a lot of flexibility with this sponsorship level, so if there is specifically something you would like to add to it, do not hesitate to ask. Donations for these sponsorships may be made through up to four annual payments.

Platinum, Gold, Landmark and Silver Rail Bridge Sponsorships – The LVRT has forty-eight bridges and forty-six of them do not have sponsors. We have twelve opportunities at this level to sponsor a single iconic bridge or groups of five to ten bridges. The donation level for these sponsorships range from $25,000 to $100,000 and includes the following for your donation:  Your support for the LVRT will be recognized on or next to those structures with a one or more plaques containing your family name, business name, or another of your choosing. These sponsorships will be reflected in all marketing materials, maps (those given out and posted along the trail as well as a new map app for smart phones) and promotions.

All advertising opportunities will list you and web links, etc. allowed. Invitations to all LVRT events are complimentary.  Payment for these sponsorships may be made over one to three years.  

 

SUPPORTER SPONSORSHIPS

Station Master Sponsorship – At this level you will be sponsoring our official trail map and media kits, as well as promotional materials. You will be listed on maps and kits and on our website with a link to your business if you would like as well to tell on the website which town/s your business is/are located. The cost for this level is $10,000. Plus benefits of the Trail Master: Engineer Sponsorship below.

Mile Marker Sponsorship The LVRT is 93 miles long.  Each mile is demarcated on a signpost at the trail’s edge.  You can permanently dedicate a mile with a plaque listing your name, your business’s name or the name of someone you wish to honor.  85 mileposts are still available for these $5,000 sponsorships. Plus benefits of the Trail Master: Engineer Sponsorship below.

Gold Spike SponsorshipsYou will receive an official golden railroad spike from the LVRT on a plaque, two LVRT Engineer hats, and patches, as well as Euro stickers. The cost for this level is $2,500. Plus benefits of the Trail Master: Engineer Sponsorship below.

Silver Spike SponsorshipsYou will receive an official silver railroad spike from the LVRT on a plaque, two LVRT Engineer hats, and patches, as well as Euro stickers. The cost for this level is $1,500. Plus benefits of the Trail Master: Engineer Sponsorship below.

 

ADVENTURER SPONSORSHIPS

Engineer – $1,000 –Sponsorship Card at $1,000 level; two tickets to the LVRT annual dinner;  2 LVRT baseball hats, tee shirts and decals; receive LVRT newsletter; free trail map; information about events.

Conductor – $500 – Sponsorship Card at $500 level; 2 LVRT baseball hats, tee shirts and decals; LVRT newsletter; free trail map; information about events.

Fireman – $250 –Sponsorship Card at $250 level; LVRT tee shirt, and decal; LVRT newsletter; free trail map; information about events.

Signalman – $100 –Sponsorship Card at $100 level; LVRT tee shirt, and decal; LVRT newsletter; free trail map; information about events.

Passenger – $25 – Sponsorship Card at $25 level; LVRT newsletter; free trail map; information about events.