Folks all around the area may well have had contact with the late Gary Campbell, especially if you frequented local Hannaford Supermarkets and loved golf and-or Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Gary, who was just 46 when he died of cancer in March, was a Hermon resident with strong ties to Aroostook County who had, for 23 years, managed Hannaford stores in eastern and northern Maine.
If you shopped at and still miss, as I do, the old Hannaford’s on the corner of Third and Union streets in Bangor, or you shopped at the Airport Mall or the Bangor Mall stores or, years ago, at stores then known as Shop ’n Save, your shopping experience was enhanced by Gary’s effort to make it the best possible.
And if you were an avid community volunteer, your path may well have crossed Gary’s because, I have been told, he was an individual committed to his community.
In memory and honor of Gary and his involvement with nonprofit organizations, Bangor Mall Hannaford store manager Vic Wood reports that Gary’s friends and co-workers will hold a benefit spaghetti supper for the Campbell family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hermon High School, 2415 Route 2, in that community.
The fundraiser includes a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction that offers bidders a chance to obtain Boston Red Sox baseball tickets.
“Gary was a great guy who truly believed in giving back to the community,” Vic wrote, adding that Gary was “heavily involved” in nonprofit organizations such as United Way of Eastern Maine, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, among others.
When I spoke with Vic, he told me that Gary “did a lot” for these nonprofits, and cited Gary’s efforts in getting others to help with fundraising efforts.
“We would have an annual United Way golf tournament, and he was always the one who sought out and managed the volunteers,” Vic said, adding that Gary also was involved with local golf tournaments to benefit the American Heart Association.
Proceeds from this supper will help the family with, among other things, college expenses for his children, Vic told me.
For those who are unable to attend the supper but who remember Gary Campbell and want to help his family, donations may be made at, or by sending a check to, Camden National Bank, 2530 Route 2, Hermon 04402, attention Wendy Hurlburt, branch supervisor.
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In a March column, I told you about the efforts of former Peace Corps volunteers Brian and Marsha Richardson of Winterport to bring a teenager from Liberia in West Africa to this country to have corrective foot surgery.
The process has been a very long one but, this week, an obviously relieved Brian emailed family, friends and supporters with the good news that Diaworseh Doupu has, “after an intense interview” by embassy officials, finally been granted a visa that will admit her to this country, and wrote that the travelers are scheduled to arrive Monday, May 23, in Boston, where the surgery is to be performed at a later date.
“As for Diaworseh,” (pronounced dee-a-wor’-sah) Brian wrote, “she is smiling a lot and she is excited about her trip to the United States.
“Her English has improved to the point where she can express basic things and answer simple questions.”
Brian thanks everyone who has been going through this special journey with them, which includes establishing a trust to help pay for expenses related to Diaworseh’s surgery.
The Richardsons hope to raise $50,000 and donations can be made by completing a pledge form at www.HelpLiberianTeen.com or making out a check to the Diaworseh Doupu Trust and mailing it to trustee Geoffrey Gordon, 22 Hamlin St., Orono 04473-3826.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; firstname.lastname@example.org; 990-8288.