FREEPORT, Maine — The 10th annual Hospitality for Habitat fundraiser sponsored by the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) raised $15,284 for Habitat for Humanity announced Greg Dugal, MEIA Executive Director. One hundred percent of the funds raised for Habitat for Humanity will be divided among the organizations’ chapters across the state to help build homes regionally for Maine families.
The Maine Innkeepers Association has raised more than $100,000 in donation checks to help support building homes for deserving Maine families since the program began. Hospitality for Habitat is a program which entices visitors to Maine every spring, which is traditionally a slow travel period, with 50% reductions in room rates. The program offers guests at participating Maine Innkeepers’ properties the greatly reduced rates in exchange for a $35 dollar donation check written out to Habitat for Humanity.
“Maine’s 10 Habitat affiliates helped twelve Maine families build an affordable home this year,” stated Sue Inches, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Maine. “With Maine Innkeeper’s support, we are launching a weatherization and repair program in the fall of 2013, which will help sixty Maine families make ends meet. We really appreciate the support from the Maine Innkeepers!”
The top three fundraisers for Hospitality for Habitat were the Harrasseket Inn in Freeport, who raised $3,535, the Village by the Sea in Wells raised $2,805, and the Beachmere in Ogunquit raised $2,215.
“We are delighted that, once again, Maine Innkeepers and their guests supported Hospitality for Habitat so generously,” stated Dugal. “The Association loves this program as each donation can make a huge difference in a Maine family’s life, while the traveler benefits from the opportunity to visit some of states’ finest Inns, hotels, resorts and B&B’s at very low rates.”
Photo: Sue Inches, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Maine, accepts donation checks for the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) Hospitality for Habitat fundraiser, from Greg Dugal, Executive Director MEIA.
The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter, they helped build and had bought with the assistance of no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More information can be found online at www.habitat.org.
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Maine Innkeepers Association