November 24, 2017
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Five Maine charities to benefit from estate distribution

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Pictured left to right are: Attorney Charles Gilbert of Gilbert & Greif, P.A.; Laurie Smart of Animal Orphanage of Old Town; Ken Schmidt of PCHC Hope House; Rick Tardiff of Shaw House; Susan Bell of The Bangor Humane Society; Kelly Pierson of Children’s Miracle Network of Eastern Maine

Five local charities, and six others from out of state, are beneficiaries under the will of Jennie
Bemis, of Holden, who passed away in 2012. Children’s Miracle Network of Eastern Maine, Hope House,
The Bangor Humane Society, Animal Orphanage of Old Town, and Shaw House all received checks today
from Attorney Charles Gilbert of Gilbert & Greif, P.A., who is working with Mrs. Bemis; nephew on the
Estate. Including the national charitable groups which received checks, the total distribution was in
excess of $300,000.00.
“As far as we can tell, Jennie was not a client of, or volunteer at, any of the organizations she
decided to support,” said Gilbert. “Evidently, she did some research and reading and seemed to have
some specific ideas about how she wanted to help.” “Her late husband owned a small trucking
company, which he sold to a larger one, and she was a secretary,” added Gilbert.
Each of the five local beneficiary organizations has expressed its appreciation at the generosity
of Mrs. Bemis, and will use the funds to support programs and services in the greater Bangor area. The
other bequests went to organizations involved in medical research.