Photos by Amy Paradysz/Portland Press Herald
On October 26, we held our eighteenth annual Hearts & Hands Gala at Brick South on Thompson’s Point. The evening featured a silent auction, dinner, and program with heartfelt stories and dancing to music performed by the popular local band, Tickle.
Nearly 250 guests attended this year’s Hollywood-themed event. Upon arrival, guests began bidding on over a hundred enticing items generously donated by over 130 local businesses and community supporters. “When a community comes together it makes a tremendous impact for the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House” said Robin Chibroski, Executive Director.
Upon being seated in a beautifully lit dining area, the program began with a heartfelt video and was followed by the story of the Sears family, who shared their experiences staying at the Portland House while their son was in the NICU. Without a dry eye in the room, dozens of supporters then chose to “give a night” by donating a full or partial portion of the $75 it costs us to operate each guest room every night. With many guests generously donating several “nights”, over $20,000, was raised for the Bangor and Portland Houses so we can continue providing a home away from home, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Also, during this time, we recognized Gen Re for going above and beyond in giving, compassion, and thoughtfulness, by presenting them with the Heart of Gold Award.
Thanks to Host Sponsor, UNUM, and the generous sponsors and community supporters, we raised nearly $73,000 to benefit our programs, including our two Ronald McDonald Houses that together offer 35 guest rooms and one Ronald McDonald Family Room at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Helping Hands Sponsors:
Caring Hearts Sponsors:
Heart of the Community Sponsors: