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  • May 2nd, 2017
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LC Spark to Assist With Fundraising

 

LC Spark to Assist With Fundraising at Pirate Rendezvous

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
from the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous
for further information contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will continue a tradition of fundraising for local non-profits when the event returns on Saturday, June 24; announcing three area food support groups as primary beneficiaries.

Lincoln County Spark, a local young professionals network, has volunteered to coordinate an important fundraising effort during the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, slated for Saturday, June 24.

Two iconic wooden barrels, deemed Contribution Buckets, are placed at the entrance to the event, providing a chance for festival attendees to support the three area food support groups that the Pirate Rendezvous is benefiting. The members of Lincoln County Spark will set up and staff these bucket locations during the event, and then will count the collected funds and deliver them to event organizers.

One hundred percent of the money raised from these buckets will go to benefit the food support groups: the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle, Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson, and Feed Our Scholars in Wiscasset. Blessings in a Backpack and Feed Our Scholars are both programs that provide weekend meals and other sustenance to schoolchildren.

“We have never charged admission to the Pirate Rendezvous, so we hope these Contribution Buckets allow families and others to donate whatever amount they can afford, and help support our beneficiaries,” said event coordinator Greg Latimer. “Our pirates have always greeted folks at these buckets with the phrase, ‘Welcome, in for a penny or a pound.’ We encouage the folks at Lincoln County Spark to put their own spin on this important fundraising effort.”

Other important fundraising is provided by sponsors whose contributions offset the event expenses, with the balance of these sponsorships added to the final donation amount. These sponsorships also allow area non-profits to establish their own tables at the Pirate Rendezvous at absolutely no cost to them. The non-profits are free to hand out information or sell items for their own fundraising purposes.

So far this year, event sponsors include Renys, DB&T, and Colby & Gale; with more sponsors expected to step up.

The 2017 Pirate Rendezvous will have a focus on activities at the Pirate Bazaar located at Schooner Landing, including music, pirate re-enactments, pirate history exhibits, non-profit fundraising as well as food and beverage service.

There will also be plenty of action and activities for little buccaneers, including the pirate invasion, when the Mystic Pirates O’ the Damariscotta arrive in an armed 57-foot sailboat.

The Pirate Bazaar will open at 10 a.m., with pirates attacking at high noon and invading the village with their numbers bolstered by young pirates who will join the crew. There will be a Kid Pirates Costume Contest at 2 p.m. at the Bazaar. Schooner Landing will provide musical entertainment through the day, and the pirates will create their “Tortuga Village” with exhibits, games and other activities. Activities will continue at the Pirate Bazaar until 4 p.m.

More announcements regarding the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will be forthcoming soon. For further information on the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com.

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