Auction, dessert party to benefit Spruce Run

Posted March 23, 2009, at 7:09 p.m.

For 37 years, Spruce Run Association of Bangor has been serving people living in Penobscot County affected by domestic abuse.

Some of the funding for that most essential and valuable program comes from its annual Silent Auction and Dessert Party.

Now in its 20th year, the fundraiser will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Buchanan Alumni House on College Avenue at the University of Maine in Orono.

Tickets are $15 and can be obtained by calling 945-5102. They also will be available at the door. The event is sponsored by Jackson Plumbing, Northeast Reprographics and Miller Drug.

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You will be able to enjoy chocolate, fruit “and other tasty treats” along with “excellent music by the Spontaneous Jazz Ensemble, and a spectacular silent auction,” reports Spruce Run training coordinator Francine Stark.

Proceeds will help the organization continue its “hot line, safety planning and shelter programs, as well as supporting prevention programs in schools throughout Penobscot County, and other community education programs,” Stark said.

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Robin Case of Liberty Tax Service reports it “will waive individual tax preparation fees for new customers to LTS who contribute a minimum of $50 to the March of Dimes” during regular business hours Friday, March 27, at its Bangor and Brewer locations.

Last year, “our offices raised $1,495 for the March of Dimes with this promotion,” Case wrote of the fundraising effort that is conducted, nationwide, by LTS.

For information, or to schedule an appointment, call the LTS Bangor office at 262-5829 or the Brewer office at 989-8829.

LTS is “organizing teams for the upcoming March for Babies” this spring, in Brewer, Case added, and also is selling Lady Liberty Teddy Bears, at its Bangor location, to benefit the March of Dimes.

To join a team, pledge support for the walk, or to purchase a Teddy Bear, call either number and ask for Tammy Trask.

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Stacey Coventry of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine reminds those collecting pledges that the time is nearing for its 11th annual Bowl for Kids Sake fundraisers.

Those events take place all day Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor and Ellsworth Bowling Center, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Eagle Lanes in Machias, according to BBBS.

If you have not already registered your team, or for more information, call 800-492-5550, ext. 230, e-mail bbbs@downeasthealth.org or visit www.downeastmentor.org.

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Barbara Elliott and members of the Tremont Congregational Church Ladies Aid invite you to their Cabin Fever Sale, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, at the church’s Parish Hall.

Everything from crafts to white elephants and Easter wreaths will be available, along with coffee and baked goods.

You also can purchase raffle tickets for $1 or six for $5, for a handmade, king-size pinwheel quilt.

Elliott wrote that the winning ticket will be drawn in August “at our summer sale.”

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Priscilla King, a 24-year Girl Scouts of America leader, reports that her Troop 297 of Searsport, most of whom are high school seniors, “wanted to have a great final journey” to “somewhere special, so they chose New York City,” which they will visit this summer.

To assist with their fundraising efforts for this exciting, educational experience, the troop’s sponsor, the Searsport Bay Area Lions Club, has joined members of Searsport United Methodist Church in holding a benefit turkey supper for Troop 297.

That event will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the church, 43 East Main St., which is Route 1, in Searsport.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children. More information is available by calling King at 548-2503.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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