Club’s holiday fair keeps wheels rolling toward Shriner hospitals

Posted Oct. 30, 2012, at 12:22 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Sunshine Club will sponsor its annual Holiday Marketplace and Craft Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Anah Shrine Center, 586 Main St. The fair, a longtime and highly anticipated staple of the Christmas craft fair season, will feature vendors marketing handmade items for gift giving. Entertainment will be provided and a cafe will be open.

Admission is $1, free to children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s transportation fund.

The club’s only purpose is to assist families with the expenses incurred when a child needs to be taken to the Shriner’s Burn Center in Boston or the Shriner’s Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield, Mass., for conditions such as burns, spina bifida, orthopedic braces or artificial limbs.

Club president Peggy Kaufman said that each year it takes $25,000 to fund 70 different cases involving 70 separate trips. Shrine burn center and orthopedic hospitals treat children under age 18 without cost to the patients or families. But the cost of transportation isn’t covered and that’s where the Sunshine Club comes in. The money raised by the club provides transportation, lodging and other expenses for the child and a parent or guardian.

Anyone can become a member of the Sunshine Club, including men. The organization meets three times a year at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of January, April and October at the Anah Shrine Center.

For information about the club, call Peggy Kaufman at 631-4483. For information about transportation to Shriner hospitals, call Tammie Call at 991-3555.

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