The inaugural UNITED We Thrive luncheon at the Westin Portland Harborview honored some of the United Way of Greater Portland's most devoted supporters: organizations and individuals, volunteers and donors. Honorees included individuals Chris Emmons, Sara Ewing-Merrill and David Smith as well as Gorham Savings Bank, L.L. Bean, Unum, Baker Newman Noyes, Horizon Solutions, Dead River Company and Freeport Community Services.
The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine hosted a Patriots Day Race for the Kids that was "all new" despite it being its 88th year. The 5-miler course route was new, starting at Ocean Gateway and ending at the Boys and Girls Club. And there was a 5K as well for the first time, with the same start and end points but in a more direct route. In all, 390 registered for the annual fundraiser (60 more people than last year).
The inaugural Planet Dog Ball was held on April 8, 2017 at the Westin Harborview Hotel. In celebration of Planet Dog’s twentieth anniversary, community members and their dogs joined together to honor two important organizations: America’s Vetdogs and K9s On The Front Line. WCSH-6 TV’s meteorologist Keith Carson hosted the benefit, and all proceeds from the…
The Maine Sunday Telegram presents the 2017 Source Sustainability Awards – a celebration honoring the people, nonprofits and businesses connecting Maine to its roots and making the state a healthier place to live. Awardees include Alfred Padula, Jackie Lipsky, The Sunrise Guide, Manomet U360, Dental Lace, Glenn Taylor, AMC & The Maine Woods Initiative, Elizabeth…
Sugar rush be damned. About 350 Mainers enjoyed three courses of chocolate--10 goodies per person--at the 31st annual Chocolate Lovers' Fling to benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). Award winners included Maine Gourmet Chocolates (People's Choice), Sweet Kisses Confections (Judges' Best Overall) and Reilly's Bakery (President's Award). The Chocolate Lovers' Fling is the largest annual fundraiser for SARSSM, which has a statewide crisis and support hotline that received 13,000 calls last year.
For the 10th year of Facial Hair Fest, event organizers Nick and Zeke Callanan brought the original event, the Stache Pag, to Portland House of Music and Events (P-HOME) for what turned out to be a zany evening both on and off the stage. Eleven mustachioed men competed in 5-Second Statue, Kung-Fu Challenge and Facial Hair-oake with style, showmanship and more than a bit of humor. Awards went to Adam Nappi ("Animal Gonzo'd"), Mike Guethle ("Bigman McLargeHuge"), Neil and Collin Spillane ("The Original Bang Brothers") and Logan "butterknife hands" Puck.
Erin Ovalle, host of the Maine lifestyle show MaineLife, celebrated the show's season 2 launch and partnership with MaineToday Media with a reception at the Press Hotel for behind-the-scenes supporters of the show. Season 2, which starts April 2, will have wider distribution because it will be available through MaineToday.com and PressHerald.com as well as WCSH-TV on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. New co-host Kevin Oates, founder of the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, is bringing more music into the content mix. But fans of Erin's in-the-Fiat interviews will see more of that as well.
Spirit Quest, Maine Restaurant Week's self-guided tasting tour of downtown Portland, named Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie winner of the bite-and-sip pairing, with TIQA coming in second. Fifteen other establishments, from the Armory Lounge to Zapoteca, welcomed Spirit Quest participants, who filled some of the restaurants to capacity on a Sunday afternoon and cast votes via text. Spirit Quest sold out. #MRW17