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Knox County Homeless Coalition, youth program benefit from Rockland Picnic fundraiser

Volunteers hosted Rockland Community Picnic and raised funds to help homeless youth. This past summer John (Mike) Grondin, chairman of the Parks Commission, along with Sandra Schramm, of the Volunteer Garden Group, Julie Lewis and Callie Black of Rockland Heart & Soul and Joe Steinberger, of the Parks Commission, decided to host a completely volunteer-driven community picnic to offer some free fun for local kids and raise some funds for groups continuing to do good work with kids throughout the year.

Nathan Davis, Kyle and Julie Swan, Tom Luttrell and Linda Montalto were all volunteers and families were treated to hot dogs cooked by Councilor Ed Glaser and delicious cookies and brownies baked by members of the Volunteer Garden Group and a number of city hall employees.

The event was graciously sponsored by Eastern Tire, Wasses Hot Dogs and Rotary Pizza. Raffle donations included lobsters from Mark Bemis and Josh Ames of Matinicus and gift sets from Fiore Olive Oils. Numerous local businesses donated prizes for children’s games at the event.

John (Mike) Grondin and Sandra Schramm presented the $182 donation to Stephanie Primm, Executive Director of Knox County Homeless Coalition and Joseph Hufnagel, Director of the organization’s recently opened youth program, The Landing Place. “We are continually amazed by the generosity of individuals and extremely gratefully for the outpouring of heartfelt support on behalf of the young people in our community. It’s inspiring to see people going out of their way on a regular basis to show that they care,” said Joseph.

Extracted from Pen Bay Pilot.

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