Public invited to birthday party to benefit Haiti

Posted March 08, 2010, at 6:37 p.m.

What better way to celebrate your birthday than by helping others?

Obviously, that is the belief of Shannon Thompson of Lincolnville, who will do just that when she hosts a benefit for Partners in Health, “a nonprofit organization that’s been working in Haiti for over 20 years,” she said.

The public is invited to join Thompson and clear the dance floor for fans of the Toughcats, who will set the tempo for a Tropical Dance Party to benefit Partners in Health.

The fundraiser is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Rockport Opera House.

Admission is a minimum donation of $20. Tickets are available online at www.tropicaltoughcats.com or at HAV II in Camden.

More information is available on the Web site, by calling Thompson at 975-2992 or e-mailing shannon@midcoast.com.

Tropical dress is encouraged for the event which features three talented musicians from North Haven who have toured nationally, Thompson wrote.

While her birthday is really Friday, March 12, Thompson said her goal for this undertaking “is to gather friends and other fun-seekers, together, for a rollicking good time while making a significant contribution to disaster relief efforts in Haiti.”

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Jill Lang of Pen Bay Healthcare reports Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice will hold the first of two community talks to educate the public about hospice, which will include a question-and-answer session.

The first event is 7 tonight at the Palermo Library.

Sarah Dwelley, director of hospice and palliative care programs at Kno-Wal-Lin, will discuss “What is Hospice?”

The second program features Kno-Wal-Lin executive director Donna DeBlois addressing the same topic at 10 a.m. Friday, March 26, at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta.

For information, call Barbara Moran, 594-9561, ext. 231.

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Becky Mallory of Winterport is a director of ambassador programs for MadeBySurvivors, who help survivors of human trafficking and support the Emancipation Network Charities, she said.

In August, Mallory and another local ambassador, Shayla Goss, will travel to India, so they are holding a fundraiser “to help with projects there and globally,” Mallory wrote.

The public is invited to attend a Dance for Freedom with dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. and dancing until 10 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Meadowbrook Event Center in Eddington.

Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance for $50 for two. For ticket information, call 745-9789 or 949-9333.

The Queen City Big Band will provide dinner music, and disc jockey Chuck McKay will provide music for dancing.

The fundraiser will feature a silent auction and a cash bar. All proceeds benefit the Emancipation Network.

According to the MadeBySurvivors Web site, the mission of the Emancipation Network is “to improve the lives of slavery survivors through empowerment and education, to assist rescue shelters by offering job programs and funding, to improve rehabilitation and reintegration and to prevent trafficking in high risk communities.”

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Gerri Randall and members of the Hudson Grange CWA Committee invite you to March Madness, a Craft Fair and White Elephant Sale, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Hudson Town Hall.

Table rentals are $10, and you can call Randall at 327-1303 to see whether any spaces still remain.

During the fundraiser refreshments will be on sale.

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Connie Ennis reports the United Methodist Women will hold a New England Boiled Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Gray Memorial United Methodist Church on the corner of Prospect and Sweden streets in Caribou.

Tickets at the door are $10, and more information is available by calling 498-2103.

Proceeds benefit the church.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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