May 24, 2018
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A night of sweets to help children

By Roxanne Moore Saucier For the WEEKLY, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine— A double strand of freshwater pearls and matching earrings. A pen made from parquet flooring at Boston Gardens. A hand-woven basket made by Caron Shay of Indian Island. A painting of Mount Katahdin by Perry Jordan. The Lucerne Inn’s chocolate bread pudding. A quilter’s package with a lot of fat quarters. Four University of Maine Black Bear hockey tickets. Landscaping. A spa package. Teeth whitening by a dentist. Children’s items. Getaways. Desserts from various restaurants and caterers.

And — Linda Boyle’s chocolate chip cookies.

To find out what else is up for bid at the third Celebrity Dessert and Auction, set for Friday, Oct. 24, at Rangeley Hall on Sylvan Road, visit

Then make plans to attend the event at Eastern Maine Community College’s Rangeley Hall.

Proceeds will benefit Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children and Hospice of Eastern Maine, both programs of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for dessert. The program and auction begin at 6:30 p.m. and should be finished by 8:30 p.m.

Local celebrities, WABI TV5’s Amy Erickson and Todd Simcox, will serves as hosts and auctioneers.

Providing the desserts will be local restaurants and chefs such as the Lucerne Inn, Sea Dog, Frank’s Bakery, Dirigo Pines Inn and the Muddy Rudder. Desserts will be available for auction as well.

Community volunteers have been working hard creating a variety of theme packages, said Deb Jacques, director of community relations. These include coastal and inland getaways; a University of Maine package with hockey tickets and a Maine Center for the Arts performance; artwork by Julie Miller; children’s packages and more.

New this year is a silent auction featuring Maine-made jewelry and uniquely crafted pens. There will be something for everyone — just in time for the holidays, Jacques said.

“Community members will be amazed by what our volunteers have put together, including a one-week stay in Southwest Harbor next July,” she said. “Todd and Amy have so much fun. They really help make the evening relaxing and entertaining for everyone.”

Proceeds benefit the care of terminally ill patients and grieving children and adults in the community.

“No child should grieve alone,” said retired Bangor teacher Maria Brountas, who co-founded Pathfinders with the late Barbara Eames.

Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased by calling Peg Elmer at 973-6550, or e-mail Deb Jacques at

For information on the Pathfinders program for children and resources on grieving, visit

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