Letter to the editor: Amie Hutchison

Community comes through for Trekkers Virtual Community Auction

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 12:15pm

Like so many other nonprofits, our team looked with trepidation at our typical fall fundraiser, the Community Auction, as we decided to make it virtual. Would supporters still bid? Would businesses still donate? Would this fundraiser still fuel our work and help support student dues?

This year, we raised $21,809. Over two hundred people registered, almost double that of years past. We feel incredibly lucky for this support - lucky our community participated, lucky that students and their families doubled down on spreading the word, making items or encouraging others to give, and incredibly lucky to receive donated items from supporting businesses, despite their own challenges.

As if that’s not enough, the event was fun! Bruce Gamage of Gamage Antiques hopped on zoom to introduce the event and teach us how to call bids. Students helped showcase items, and open and close the event. Businesses shared why they support Trekkers and promoted the event, too.

We are so grateful and humbled by our community’s incredible generosity and can-do spirit. Thank you.

Amie Hutchison is Executive Director of Trekkers

Please consider supporting these businesses and people, who’ve lent a helping hand during challenging times.


Fuller Chevrolet, First National Bank, Adventure Advertising, Central Maine Power, Thomaston Family Dentistry, Eastern Tire & Auto Services, Naretiv. 

Click here to see the full list of 134 individuals and businesses who made this event possible.