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Coming in October is the HOTOBERFEST

14 July 2009 No Comment

The HotoberFest (Oct 3rd, 12-7pm) raises funds that are donated to support the efforts of three local non-profit groups: Trees Atlanta, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Dialogue

Attendees to HOToberFest are all welcome to just relax and enjoy the day. However, they encourage everyone to take some time and stroll the circular “World Market” area that forms the perimeter of the festival site. Along this route, through Atlanta’s Earthcraft home neighborhood, you will find their sustainability affiliates, food & beer vendors and sponsors, as well as our artist market, featuring a wide variety of locally and nationally known artists specializing in sustainably-produced pieces.

You can learn more about alternative energy sources, water conservation, flex vehicle rentals, recycling, organic gardening, pet adoption and much more.

To both encourage attendees to tour the World Market and reward them for enjoying that time well spent, they have produced the HOToberFest PASSPORT. Pick up a free PASSPORT at the gate and get it stamped at various points throughout the World Market, fill in your email address and you’re on the way to being entered for any one of many prizes to be given away. Check the Contest page for details on prizes as they are added.

100% of proceeds from HOToberFest will be donated to the following organizations in support of their various efforts toward sustainability. Please take some time to become familiar with these organizations and consider supporting them through volunteering or donations.

Dialogue:
Our purpose is to encourage people to use their voice, speak up, become activists. Dialogue, a 501(c)(3) raises funds to provide grant money to small grass roots organizations and social entrepreneurs to fund ongoing (non-income producing) projects. Eligible projects must raise consciousness, educate people, help to end poverty or work to restore basic human rights. Grants are funded by sales of our “activism you can wear” t-shirts, fund raisers and donations. Our goal in 2010 is to institute a micro-credit program. Micro-credit has successfully enabled extremely impoverished people to engage in self-employment projects that allow them to generate an income, and in many cases, begin to build wealth and exit poverty.
www.dialoguestartone.com

Trees Atlanta:
Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized citizens group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving and educating. Since 1985, Trees Atlanta has planted and distributed over 75,000 trees. With volunteer projects every Saturday from 9 AM to Noon, there is always a way to be involved in protecting Atlanta’s forest. Find out how you can help support Trees Atlanta by visiting
www.treesatlanta.org.

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper:
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s (UCR) mission is to advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, in order to restore and preserve their ecological health for the people, fish and wildlife that depend on the River system.
www.ucriverkeeper.org.

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