BANGOR, Maine — Rudman Winchell, a Bangor law firm founded in 1917, announced Thursday it has signed on to become a founding partner for the Cross Insurance Center, the city ’s new $65-million arena.
“We’re very proud to be able to support this new facility and all that it will mean for the community for years to come,” Edmond Bearor, managing partner at Rudman Winchell, said in a prepared statement. “As a firm, this is just another way for us to solidify our commitment to the region.”
The sponsorship deal will cost the firm $455,000 over a seven-year period, or $65,000 per year. In return, Rudman Winchell will have marketing materials in the facility, a suite box, preferred pricing for the facility when it’s available, and other benefits.
Rudman Winchell joins the Bangor Daily News, City of Brewer and Bangor Savings bank as founding partners. Nine groups in all have agreed to similar partnerships, according to Pat Horne, the arena’s director of corporate partnerships. The other five groups have yet to agree to public announcements of their partnerships, he said.
Abraham Rudman, a future Maine Supreme Court Justice, started the Bangor firm in 1917. Today, Rudman Winchell has more than 30 attorneys and 80 employees in its Harlow Street office in the historic Graham Building, according to the firm.
“On behalf of Global Spectrum and Front Row Marketing Services, I am pleased to welcome Rudman Winchell as a founding partner of the Cross Insurance Center,” said Mike Dyer, general manager of the arena. “By partnering with the City of Bangor and the Cross Insurance Center, Rudman Winchell continues their long and storied tradition of actively supporting the Bangor community.”
Jeff Solari, manager of business development at Rudman Winchell, said the firm would host “many client-centered events” at the arena.
“We also hope to partner with local nonprofit agencies and charities to contribute tickets to events,” Solari said. “This will allow families and children opportunities to be exposed to performances they might otherwise never get to experience.”
“This is a significant, long-term financial commitment for a firm our size,” Bearor said. “We are humbled to be able to support the community in this fashion.”