Do Good Fest Raises $35,000 For Branches of Hope Cancer Patient Fund

Annual Music Festival Has Raised $93,000 Over First Four Years

Montpelier, Vermont National Life Group’s fourth annual Do Good Fest, Presented by The Point, over the weekend raised $35,000 for Branches of Hope, a fund that helps cancer patients with expenses during their treatment.

The annual festival, which this year attracted more than 7,000 people, has now contributed $93,000 to the cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center, helping countless Vermonters pay expenses ranging from transportation to heating bills while they’re undergoing treatment.

“Doing good is contagious and everybody wants to be a part of it. We’re proud that we’re able to bring the community together to help support our neighbors through Branches of Hope,” said Mehran Assadi, chairman, CEO and president of National Life.

National Life produces and underwrites the annual, free festival. All of the proceeds from a $20 parking fee are contributed to Branches of Hope, along with a donation from the National Life Group Foundation, for a total of $32,000.

Additionally, several vendors and co-sponsors of this year’s festival made contributions, bringing the total to more than $35,000. The additional donors included Harpoon Helps, the charitable arm of Harpoon Brewery, and King Arthur Flour.

Besides raising money for Branches of Hope, the Do Good Fest also provided an opportunity for 30 nonprofits from around the community to tell their own stories about the work that they do.

The Point, Independent Radio, is the presenting sponsor of the Do Good Fest. The Point’s program director, Zeb Norris, helped to produce the appearance of this year’s headline bands.

The Do Good Fest is also sponsored by Harpoon, Seven Days, Montpelier Alive and the National Life Group Foundation.

Planning has already begun for Do Good Fest 2018, which will be held July 14.

At National Life, our story is simple: For more than 168 years we’ve worked hard to deliver on our promises to millions of people with our vision of providing peace of mind in times of need. It’s our cause, stemming from a deep passion to live our values to do good, be good and make good, every day. Learn more at

Just Announced: Guster Joins Do Good Fest 2017!

We’re excited to announce that Guster will headline our fourth annual Do Good Fest! This New England-based indie-alternative band has been making music since the original band members got together at Tufts University in 1992. Guster’s songs remain packed with catchy choruses and dense lyrical detail amid muscular guitar riffs, clanging percussion, and deceptively dark lyrics.

Also on the line up are Vermont’s own Kat Wright and Dwight & Nicole, also based in Burlington.

National Life’s Do Good Fest Presented By The Point takes place July 15th from 3 to 9 p.m. on the natural amphitheater at National Life’s Montpelier headquarters.

Besides the music, there are family activities, food trucks, beer and wine, a nonprofit village and fireworks. Plus, it’s free. Parking is $20, and all proceeds are donated to Branches of Hope, the cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center.

We’ve raised $56,000 for Branches of Hope in our first three years. Come on out, enjoy the day, and do some good of your own!

It’s Show Time!

Our lineup is coming together for Do Good Fest 2017! Remember, it’s on July 15th on the amphitheater back lawn at National Life in Montpelier. We’ve already got some fresh local talent that will kick off the show with a bang.



The show will open with the incredible energy and music of Vermont’s own Kat Wright. We’re looking forward to some of the music from her new album, “By My Side.” Kat takes the stage at 4 PM.

At 5 PM, the soulful, bluesy sounds of Dwight & Nicole will fill the grounds. Dwight & Nicole were recognized as the 2016 Band of the Year at the New England Music Awards. What a great start to the show!

Check back for updates – we’ll be revealing our support act and headliner soon!

We’re also currently accepting applications from nonprofits and food vendors. If you’re interested in joining us this year, email and we’ll be in touch.

Save The Date: Do Good Fest 2017

We’re back! We’re excited to announce that the fourth annual Do Good Fest will be held on July 15th, 2017.

The day-long music festival will be staged again on the lawn at National Life Group in Montpelier. We’re putting together our best lineup yet, and we’ve already signed on Kat Wright!

Admission is free, and all proceeds from the parking fee are donated to Branches of Hope, the cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center.

We’re also accepting applications from nonprofit and food vendors. For more information, email and we’ll be in touch with you.

Last year’s Do Good Fest presented by The Point featured Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Brett Dennen. More than 5,200 people came and helped to raise $30,000 for Branches of Hope.

Thank you for coming to Do Good Fest 2016!

From all of us at National Life and The Point, thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Do Good Fest. You guys made it the best one yet and helped raise a record-breaking amount of funds for Branches of Hope, the cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center. Branches of Hope is a fund that helps cancer patients pay extraordinary expenses while they’re undergoing treatment and may be out of work.

Branches of Hope once supported itself through bake sales, but Do Good Fest has changed that. Those of you who came out this past Saturday (all 5,200 of you) helped raise $24,000 for the fund.  The money will go a long way to ease the stress and burden that cancer patients and their families face every day. An additional $6,000 is being donated by the National Life Foundation, bringing the total amount of money raised this year to $30,000, and $56,000 over the past three years!

Drive Less and Have More Fun at Do Good Fest

Do Good Fest 2016 is fast approaching! We’re so excited to hear some awesome bands play some equally awesome tunes for a good cause. Before the music starts, we want to share with you a fun pre-DGF opportunity to break out your bicycles and make some friends along the way!

Copy of LM_Logo_Blue_WhiteBG-01On the morning of Do Good Fest from 10 AM-2 PM, we’re partnering with our friends at Local Motion and Net Zero Montpelier on the Drive Less, Have More Fun Fest at the Montpelier Statehouse. There will be lots of fun and games, including the opportunity to test electric-assist bikes and even make your own smoothie by pedaling your heart out on a stationary bike.

The best part? At 3 PM, a bicycle caravan will be heading up to Do Good Fest directly from the Statehouse! Our friends at Local Motion will also be offering bike valet service, in case walking’s more of your thing. The only way to join is to meet at the Statehouse at 3 PM, located at 115 State Street in Montpelier. Be there or be square!

The 2016 Do Good Fest Is Here!

We are so excited to announce that Big Head Todd and The Monsters will be headlining our third annual Do Good Fest, with singer-songwriter Brett Dennen opening!


We’ve also scored two incredibly talented local acts representing Vermont: Steady Betty, a reggae band from Burlington, and the Dave Keller Band, an original blues and soul band from Montpelier.

Do Good Fest 2016 is presented by the Point Radio Network and National Life Group, and it will benefit Branches of Hope, the Cancer Patient Fund at Central Vermont Medical Center. Zeb Norris, The Point’s Program Director, told us that Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Brett Dennen are sure to be big crowd pleasers: “Last year was great with O.A.R, but I think this year’s looks even better with Brett Dennen and Big Head Todd and the Monsters both playing their favorites and brand new music too!

Remember, admission is free and there’s no need to buy tickets in advance. Parking is $20 per vehicle and all of the parking fees will be donated to the Branches of Hope Fund. Over the past two years, you’ve helped us raise almost $26,000 – come rock out with us on July 16th to help us raise even more!

Branches of Life receives Do Good Fest donation

On July 29th, we presented Branches of Hope with a $15,000 donation representing the proceeds from Do Good Fest 2015 and a matching grant from the National Life Group Foundation. Over two years, Do Good Fest has raised a total of nearly $26,000 for the cancer patient fund.

From left to right: Tim Shea, National Life; Mehran Assadi, National Life CEO; Judy Tartaglia, Central Vermont Medical Center CEO; Zeb Norris, The Point Radio Network; Beth Rusnock, National Life Foundation; Sue Carey, National Life; MiChelle Lathrop, National Life.

We try to make our community a better place to live, and as National Life President and CEO Mehran Assadi said while presenting the donation: “We are especially proud that we’re able to help patients directly through the Do Good Fest.” 

We decided to step in after we learned that Branches of Hope was surviving entirely on the proceeds generated from bake sales. “We came to understand the vitally important services that Branches of Hope provides and knew we wanted to help patients during a difficult time of their lives,” explained National Life Group President Beth Rusnock

The Do Good Fest 2015 was presented by National Life Group and The Point Radio Network and was co-sponsored by Seven DaysHarpoon BreweryMontpelier Alive and the National Life Group Foundation.

Raising money. Raising hope. Doing good.

National Life Group CEO and President Mehran Assadi had this to say about Do Good Fest 2015:

“We were so excited to see more than 3,000 people descend on our back lawn on Saturday for an afternoon and evening of music, family activities, a nonprofit village, food trucks and a beer tent.”

Click here to read more on the National Life Group blog.

M Assadi 2014National Life Group CEO and President Mehran Assadi

Thank you for an amazing Do Good Fest 2015!

Many thanks to the more than 3,000 of you who joined us at Do Good Fest 2015 presented by National Life and The Point! With your help, we were able to raise a total of $15,000 for the Branches of Hope fund of the Central Vermont Medical Center. We are so grateful for everyone’s generosity and support, which helped us surpass last year’s total of $11,000!

All proceeds will go directly to individuals and families receiving cancer care to help them meet financial obligations, from utilities to insurance copayments to transportation, while undergoing treatment and recovery We are proud to support the Branches of Hope Fund because of the peace of mind it provides to patients and their loved ones, including Danette Gagne, who continues to receive treatment in Boston.

If you are already eager to relive the day, follow us on Instagram or scroll down for pictures from the day.

We hope you had a chance to learn more about the many local nonprofit organizations who came to showcase their programs and services, and we hope you are inspired to support their efforts to do good for others in our local communities.

A big round of applause is also in order for the amazing musicians who performed at Do Good Fest 2015: The Alternate Routes, Panama Wedding, and Patti Casey & Colin McCaffrey, and of course our headliner O.A.R., who (despite a bit of rain) kept the energetic crowd entertained! The festival also featured children’s activities, lots of tasty food from local restaurants and vendors and a Harpoon Brewery beer tent, all capped off by a fantastic firework show. Thank you again to everyone for attending, volunteering, participating and making it an all around great day for a very worthy cause.

Finally, we’d like to thank our wonderful sponsors for helping us make Do Good Fest 2015 happen: The Point, Seven Days, Harpoon Brewery, Montpelier Alive and National Life Group Foundation.

See you all again next year at Do Good Fest 2016!