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Food, music to benefit ailing couple who supports children’s programs

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, at 7:18 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 24, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.
Scott and Holly Lounder, Owners of Ellsworth ATA martial Arts Academy, Suffering Late Stage Chronic Lyme Disease.
Scott and Holly Lounder, Owners of Ellsworth ATA martial Arts Academy, Suffering Late Stage Chronic Lyme Disease.

ELLSWORTH, Maine —  After years of supporting youths in their community through their martial arts school, Scott and Holly Lounder have become severely ill with late-stage Chronic Lyme Disease and need their community’s support. The Lounders are unable to work and their treatments are not covered by insurance, so teachers and students have organized a Candy and Sundae Bar and performances by Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Jazz Band, cheering squads and choir 6-7 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Ellsworth Elementary School to benefit the couple.

Scott and Holly Lounder own Ellsworth ATA Martial Arts Academy on the Bangor Road in Ellsworth. The Lounders have supported children in the community with martial arts training, tuition assistance and scholarships, extra help when needed, and have never turned away a student, regardless of diagnosis or behavior or health issues.

Each year for the past three years, they have led their students in fundraising efforts for local non-profits, helping students understand the importance of community service and giving back. The school to date has raised more $2,000 for local non-profits, such as Relay for Life and a local programs that supports children with autism.

Cost is by donation, which also may be sent to The Lounder Family Fund, ℅ Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 269, Ellsworth 04605. Contact Ellen Stanley ellen@createyourownhappiness.com 667-3221, or Lisa Backman lbackman@rsu24.org or Jamie Reid jreid@rsu24.org for more information, or to donate sweets, paper goods, drinks, and candy table donations.

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