Dinner, auction to raise funds for shelter for moms and their children

Posted Oct. 09, 2012, at 3:51 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The menu for the Ann’s House Harvest Fundraiser will reflect the bounty of the autumn season: roast squash and parsnip tart, pumpkin soup, pork loin and chicken, apple and pear pie and carrot cake. These are just some of the of highlights of a buffet-style meal that will be provided by Pairings restaurant at Winterport Winery in Winterport.

Ann’s House, which opened in January, is a shelter for homeless mothers and their children, a service of Manna in Bangor. It provides a safe, clean environment where moms and children can stay while they receive help in finding housing, phone service, clothing and household goods before they transition back into the community. Ann’s House staff also assist with access to counseling, health care and education services, and provide parenting skills mentoring. Since Ann’s House opened, 28 mothers and their children have found shelter there. Each mother brings with her one to four children ranging in age from infant to age 14, said Sherry Molcan, Ann’s House program director. Forty more mothers are now on the waiting list, she said.

Molcan said the biggest thing on the Ann’s House wish list is a van so transportation services to medical and counseling appointments can be provided. Also on the wish list are diapers, baby wipes and other items for children, including new or gently used clothing and coats.

Donations of handmade mittens, caps and scarves from area knitters and crocheters also are accepted, Molcan said.

Molcan said the yearly fundraising goal to operate Ann’s House is $120,000.

“If we could meet that mark every year, that would be wonderful.”

The fundraiser will take place 6-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Elks Lodge, 108 Odlin Road. In addition to the dinner, the event will include a silent auction, entertainment from Mike Dow of radio’s “Mike and Mike” show on 94.5 FM, raffles and door prizes. More than 50 items are up for bid including a power washer, generator, a guitar with case and accessories, six overnight hotel and dinner packages, gift cards to restaurants, a yarn shop, a bakery and a hair salon, a floor refinishing kit, autographed books from Stephen King, Tess Gerritsen and children’s author Brenda Reeves Sturgis, an oil painting by Adele Drake and camping chairs.

Attire for the evening is business casual.

Tickets are $15, $25 couple and available at Manna, 629 Main St. in Bangor; Serendipity Hair Salon, 588 Hammond St. in Bangor; and Higgins Electric, 812 Main Road North in Hampden.

To donate items for the auction, call Sherry Molcan at 990-2870.

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