Everyday thousands of people across the country don’t have enough to eat. According to a report by the AARP Foundation, the state of Maine ranks number one out of all the New England states in terms of food insecurity. A special fundraiser was held at the Knights of Columbus in Madawaska on Saturday to curb that statistic; and raise funds to feed the people of Aroostook County.
County based band Boomerang performed for free and local merchants stepped up to the plate to donate items for the 4th annual Ending Hunger Auction and Dance sponsored by the Norstate Federal Credit Union.
Vice President of Norstate Federal Credit Union Stephen Gagne said, “The whole idea here is to raise funds for ending hunger specifically for local food pantries in Central and Northern Aroostook County.”
Over the last 4 years the Ending Hunger Fundraiser has raised over $20,000 dollars, and they’re at it again this year! Money is raised through a silent auction and tickets sold for the dance. Over 250 items were auctioned off throughout the evening and that ranges from gift cards worth $25 to 7 day getaways worth 14 hundred dollars.
Jeff Baillie who attended fundraiser said, “This is a good way to get some early Christmas shopping in and dedicated to a very good cause.”
Thanks to the generosity of local merchants; attendees had a variety of items to choose from all while supporting a stop to hunger.
Vice President of Norstate Federal Credit Union Stephen Gagne said, “We know that there’s a huge need statewide and it’s not different here in Aroostook County, we have a lot of people who need the assistance especially during the winter months.”
CEO of Norstate Federal Credit Union Susan Whitehead said, “So many people out there that need help and sometimes we may not know that it’s the person next door that needs the help.”
Help that will be of great service to those who need it, just in time for the holidays.The Knights of Columbus donated the hall for this fundraiser and over 200 people attended throughout the evening.