Dance for a Cure to raise funds to fight diabetes

Posted Sept. 04, 2009, at 8:37 p.m.

The reservation deadline to attend Dance for a Cure, the second annual benefit dinner, dance and silent auction to fight diabetes, is Wednesday, Sept. 9, reports event coordinator Rhonda Edgecomb.

The fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance, Edgecomb said.

You can purchase your tickets by calling her at 299-4100 or by e-mailing FightDiabetes09@aol.com.

Edgecomb’s invitation urges attendees to “dig out your favorite dancing shoes and join us for a fabulous event for a great cause,” adding that disc jockey services will be “generously donated by Back Door Dance Studio” of Eddington.

All proceeds directly benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes.

Edgecomb began the fundraiser last year after her young son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she said, adding “it is my family’s way of networking with other families affected by diabetes, and a great way to raise money for the JDRF and assist them in their efforts to find a cure.”

If you cannot attend, but want to make a contribution, call Edgecomb or e-mail her at the above address.

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Today, as you read this, pilot Sam Canders of Levant is participating in the 53rd annual Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett in Switzerland, serving as “co-pilot of one of only three teams allowed to represent the United States in this historic, annual gas balloon race,” reports Lanie Colson of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

The reason it is important for readers to know about Canders’ activity is that while he is “competing against several of the world’s finest gas balloonists, he will be asking friends, family and supporters to join him in making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network” of EMHS, Colson said.

Donations may be made online at www.MiraclesInMaine.org, and “the CMN Web site and Facebook page will be tracking him throughout his race and updating everyone on his progress,” she added.

A professional pilot who flies helicopters in the military, “he hopes this flight will have special meaning as he is trying to raise funds and awareness” for CMN of EMHS, Colson said.

Canders first purchased a “Miracle Balloon” at a local mall a few years ago, she continued, and decided he could help CMN “while doing something that I love: Ballooning.”

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Director Mary Ellen Martell reminds families of children 18 months to 5 years old they “are welcome to stop by for a tour” of the Harbor House Children’s Center in Southwest Harbor and “to meet the staff.”

And, “to help ease first-day jitters” for those attending the center, Martell continued, “students and their families are invited to join us for cookies and milk, in pajamas” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at the center.

For more information, call Martell at 244-9824 or e-mail maryellen@harborhousemdi.org.

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You are invited to enjoy “acoustic folk, bluegrass, gospel and vintage country music” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Comins Hall on Route 9 in Eddington, reports Dave Johnson.

The Brooks-LaClaire Band, featuring Ken and Jane Brooks and Phil and Ellen LaClaire, will appear in concert to benefit the East Eddington Community Church Building Fund.

While Johnson points out that admission is free, a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church building fund.

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Golfers are reminded the 16th annual Greater Gator Open to benefit the Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Rockland Golf Club.

The entry fee is $100 per person and includes greens fee, a hat, lobster bake and team photo. The event also offers raffles, prizes and a $500 drawing.

Hole-in-one prizes include a 2009 GMC Sierra and a 2009 Parker 18-foot boat.

To register, or for information, call Rockland Golf Club at 594-9322.

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Manna Ministries director Bill Rae wrote that Manna and schoolchildren of Greater Bangor thank everyone for donating school supplies this year.

More than 460 children “were able to go back to school … with new school supplies and backpacks, thanks to the generosity of this community,” Rae wrote.

“We have had many parents asking us to thank the community for their help,” which he does by saying, “Thank you, neighbors. You do care!”

Rae also extends thanks to the media for helping “bless so many children.”

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