The four local nonprofits that will benefit from next spring’s Pop the Cause party are United Mid-Coast Charities, Knox County Meals on Wheels, Coastal Opportunities, and Hospitality House.
“The selection process was extremely difficult as there are so many deserving organizations in our area,” says Cellardoor Winery’s Bettina Doulton, who presents the very popular annual fundraiser party in partnership with Lani Stiles of Megunticook Market.
“We were drawn to these four organizations because they work directly in our towns to improve the lives of our neighbors,” explains Stiles. “We’re excited that Pop the Cause will provide a way for everyone who attends to give directly back to this community.”
United Mid-Coast Charities donates 100% of the funds it raises to about 50 nonprofit agencies that benefit Knox and Waldo county residents in need. Founded in 1942, it focuses on charities that provide medical or educational services, community service organizations, and those that work with children and youth. Knox County Meals on Wheels currently delivers more than 100 hot meals five days a week to older adults and disabled individuals. It also provides community lunch sites for seniors in Rockland and Camden.
Coastal Opportunities, formerly known as The Coastal Workshop, operates day and residential programs at 11 local facilities for over 100 developmentally disabled adults, providing an environment in which they can feel challenged, be successful, and improve their self-esteem. Hospitality House, the area’s only homeless shelter, closed unexpectedly last November. Its parent organization, the Knox County Homeless Coalition, is making major efforts to re-open its doors, offer 24-hour access, and help people find stable housing. Additional services, provided through collaborating partners, may include education or training, food security, and medical and mental health resources.
Previously called Pop the Cork, the annual gala was begun in 2008 as a festive way to support local nonprofits. Past beneficiaries are the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Bay Chamber Concerts, United Mid-Coast Charities, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, and the Penobscot Bay YMCA.
Doulton and Stiles announced recently that next spring’s Pop the Cause will place the emphasis squarely on the spirit of community giving. A donation of $160,000 will be divided among the four selected nonprofits; three will receive $20,000 each, while the fourth will receive $100,000. The plan for choosing which of the four will receive the $100,000 is currently being finalized.
Pop the Cause will take place in a large tent on Rockport Harbor on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The Pointer Sisters will perform, along with a variety of other musical entertainment. In past years, headliners have included Huey Lewis and the News, Boyz II Men, and Foreigner. Tickets always sell out months in advance, and this year is no exception, as all 400 were snapped up on November 1, the first day they were offered.
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