Downeast Horizons celebrates 37 years

Posted Oct. 09, 2011, at 9:50 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 09, 2011, at 5:51 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — On Friday night about 225 program participants, parents, staff and board members celebrated 37 years of an organization that provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo counties.

Dinner was served at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor to honor Downeast Horizons.

Speakers at the event noted signs of progress at Downeast Horizons including more program participants and staff, reduced staff turnover, investments in infrastructure without taking loans and raising $70,000 over the past year for the new Giving Tree Endowment Fund with dollar-for-dollar matching funds from an anonymous donor.

“Our work helps people with disabilities live their lives,” noted Tony Zambrano, executive director of Downeast Horizons, in his closing speech. “We’re all in this together.”

Downeast Horizons, established in 1974, is a nonprofit organization helping to serve the needs of adults and children with developmental disabilities in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo counties, including programs in Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Deer Isle, Bangor and Brewer.

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