Hotel stays can help fight cancer, aid the needy

Posted Oct. 26, 2010, at 8:09 p.m.

Local UPS storeowner and Bangor Kiwanis member Rick Marston stopped by the other day to tell me he had been casting about for a new Kiwanis fundraiser that would benefit as many people as possible, and he has found one.

Bangor Kiwanis and Lafayette Hotels have joined together to offer the Bangor Kiwanis Hotel Discount Card, which is available to anyone and everyone, residents and nonresidents, and serves a multitude of purposes.

For a $20 donation, the discount card offers its holders a 20 percent discount between now and June 30, 2011, off the regular price of a room at a participating hotel in Maine or New Hampshire.

Someone who purchases the card and is staying one night “at the Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor, or the Senator Inn in Augusta, could save anywhere from $30 to $50 a night,” Rick told me, emphasizing that the card is as beneficial to a resident traveling within the state as it is for a tourist coming from away.

“It’s great for ‘staycations’ and for people who like to go to New Hampshire, as well,” Rick said.

As much as the savings and the use of the card will benefit the individual and the local economy, Rick pointed out first and foremost that half the proceeds from the card will benefit the Lafayette Foundation and the other half will benefit the Kiwanis Charities fund.

According to the Kiwanis release, hoteliers Danny and Carla Lafayette of Hampden, their hotel managers and employees have pledged $2 million to the Champion the Cure capital campaign for the Lafayette Family Cancer Center, home of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine, which is located on Whiting Hill in Brewer.

The state-of-the-art facility to treat Maine families opened last December.

Rick told me he was seeking a fundraising opportunity for Bangor Kiwanis that would appeal to and benefit not only Mainers, but also people traveling throughout the area, for whatever purpose.

For more than 80 years, Bangor Kiwanis has been providing a variety of services for children and families in need.

Locally, the club assists children and families when requested throughout the year, sponsors farm league and Little League teams and Key Clubs at Bangor High School and John Bapst Memorial High School.

The club also awards a $2,000 scholarship to a Key Club senior at each school, in addition to other services it provides in the community.

The discount card is available now and can be obtained at all four area Miller Drug stores, at the UPS store on Broadway in Bangor, Paradise Cruise and Travel in Bangor and at participating Lafayette hotels.

You also can write Bangor Kiwanis Charities-Hotel Discount Card, 500 Main St., Bangor 04401; include a self-addressed envelope with your $20 donation, and the card will be mailed to you.

The Bangor Kiwanis Hotel Discount Card provides a 20 percent discount at these facilities: Anchorage Inn in both Portsmouth and Rochester, N.H.; Bluenose Inn and Wonder View Inn & Suites, both in Bar Harbor; Black Bear Inn Conference Center & Suites in Orono; Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland and Best Western White House Inn in Bangor.

The discount card also is honored at the Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge in Belfast; at Fireside Inn & Suites in Bangor, Waterville and Auburn and in West Lebanon and Guilford, N.H.; the Holiday Inn Portland West; Nordic Village Resort in Jackson, N.H.; the Ogunquit River Inn and the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta.

For people who like to travel or who have to travel regularly, this is a great deal and a wonderful way for you to help the needy and help raise funds to fight cancer.

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

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